Il Palazzo "I Balconi"
Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
The apartment has five charming balconies in wrought iron which overlook the gardens, swimming pool, and lake view. The gardens and swimming pool are shared with the other 18 apartments in the palazzo, but despite this the palazzo is usually deserted during the week, apart from in August, as the other residents are Italian and usually visit during the weekends only (the two photographs above were taken in July during the week!). Even on weekends on the atmosphere is quiet and tranquil, with just a handful of people relaxing around the pool. There are several smaller separate gardens, perfect for relaxing with a good book while you enjoy the view.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Salo'/Portese 8 km|
|Nearest Amenities||3.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Verona Brescia 25 km, Nearest railway: Desenzano 20 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden|
|Further details indoors|
The living room is very spacious, with plenty of light and two of the five balconies leading off it. There is a 6 seater corner sofa, which is also a sofabed, a television and DVD player with surround sound, and UK satellite freeview television channels. Just off the living area is the kitchen and dining area.
The kitchen is a modern, minimalist design with black granite worktop, dishwasher, oven and microwave; in the laundry room, just off the living room, there is a washing machine. There are ceiling fans in each bedroom, and there is no need for air-conditioning thanks to the apartments thick stone walls, which keep it very cool in summer and warm in winter (although there is full central heating for winter lets).
There are two bedrooms and one shower room, and sleeping facilities in the living room in the form of a sofabed.
Bedroom 1: has a double bed, wardrobe, a dressing area and a private balcony with lake view. Bedroom 2: double bed, wardrobe and side table.
There one shower room, with a sink unit, wc, and large walk-in shower tiled in Botticino marble mosaic.
|Further details outdoors|
There is a lovely 5x10 metres swimming pool with sun loungers provided for sun bathing. The gardens are landscaped and well maintained in the summer.
The Lombardy region
Lake Garda is a beautiful part of Italy, with its own microclimate and a stunning scenery with olive groves, vineyards, breathtaking mountain backdrops and access to everything Italy has to offer: Venice, Milan, skiing in winter, sun in summer, culture, designer sophistication. The pretty lakeside town of Salo', strategically positioned on the Brescian riviera of Lake Garda and considered the "capital" of the western shore, is within easy walking distance, as are the beaches and nearby cultural attractions.
Lake Garda has a unique micro-climate, mild in the winter and hot and sunny in the summer, yet with a cool breeze coming off the lake.
Lake Garda is also Italy's largest lake, and the undoubted star of the Italian Lake district.
Lake Garda really has something for everyone. From sun to shopping, beautiful mountain scenery to the sun glittering off the clear, warm water, from skiing in winter to wakeboarding, kite-surfing, windsurfing and rock-climbing in summer; from opera and theatre to children's adventure parks Gardaland and Canevaworld... when you come to Lake Garda you can be sure of a holiday you will never forget.
Served by three airports (Verona Brescia, Verona and Bergamo) and backed up by the airports at Milan Linate, Milan Malpensa and Venice Marco Polo and Treviso airports, daily low cost flights can be found from every part of the UK. Ryanair also offers day trips to Rome, with a flight leaving daily at 8.30 am and returning in time for supper, meaning when you stay on Lake Garda a day trip to Milan, Venice, Verona or even Rome is an easily achieved reality. Why not visit the opera? The Arena di Verona is a short drive away and the historic open air amphitheatre offers an unforgettable experience.
If you feel like sticking closer to the home base, why not hop on a ferry and explore the lakeside towns of Lake Garda?
Watersports on Lake Garda are always popular, with the pretty lakeside towns offering sailing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, jet-skiing, kite-surfing, and scuba diving facilities.
If you visit between the months of November and April, day skiing trips are perfectly feasible: the nearest slopes are 40 minutes drive away and the world-class ski resort Madonna di Campiglio 1 hr 45 minutes drive.
In summer, hiking, mountain-biking, horse-riding and rock climbing is popular. There are dozens of walking trails in the mountains around the lake, mountain bikes can be hired and there are countless riding centres and tennis clubs.
The designer shops and boutiques, street cafes and bars, restaurants and trattorias offering home-cooked Italian dishes and the finest local wines at incredibly good value will appeal to everyone, especially in sophisticated towns such as Toscolano Maderno, Moniga del Garda, Desenzano del Garda, Gardone Riviera and Salo'.
If the kids get bored playing in the swimming pool, why not spend a few days exploring the theme parks at the southern end of Lake Garda? There are many huge them parks, including Gardaland, Caneva World, Aqua Parks and Safari Parks - you'd need a couple of weeks to get through them all!
Don't forget to relax, though, and drink in the unbelievable lake views with a glass of wine.
Within a 10 minute drive of this property you can reach the lovely lakeside town of Salò, which has bars, restaurants, shops, banks, the beach, the port where you can catch ferries to other parts of the lake.
Within 30 minutes driving distance are the theme parks at the south end of Lake Garda (6 or 7 fun parks including Gardaland, water parks, movie theme parks and safari parks).
Within 15 minutes are several championship golf courses, watersports clubs (sailing, wakeboarding, kitesurfing and windsurfing).
In winter ski day trips are possible - we can help you organize this.
Venice is a 2 hour drive, Milan is a 1 hour drive and Verona is just 40 minutes away.
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