Bella Italia!

Hello friends! Sorry for the long silence. Moritz and I have been on holiday and didn’t have internet. Yes, this problem still exists! ;-P  After we did some overseas traveling this year, we decided to stay in Europe this time and drive with our own car instead of flying somewhere. We were looking for a nice and easy summer holiday destination and it didn’t take too long until we decided it should be Italy. So this is my holiday recap about our 3-week trip from Stuttgart via Lake Garda to the island of Sardinia and back. (So if you’re not into travel porn, you can skip this article… but you will miss some really beautiful pictures of Caribbean like beaches and a not so nice review of Venice… ;-P)

Driving to Italy from Stuttgart is no big deal. You can be in South Tyrol in 4 hours for example (if traffic conditions are in your favor of course :-D).

Our first stop was Lake Garda where we stayed one night in Torbole in the north and three nights in Sirmione in the south.

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Torbole is a small town that is famous amongst windsurfers, sailors and kite boarders for its constant winds. A lot of young people were hanging out there and we saw some nice bars and restaurants and we enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere.

Sirmione, the town we stayed in afterwards, is one of the main touristic “sights” in the Lake Garda area and is thus crowded with tourists. It is located on a peninsula. You enter the town via a bridge and go through a gate, behind which you find colorful, historic houses, narrow streets, yummy ice cream…

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From Lake Garda, it’s only a two hour drive to world famous Venice. Moritz and I had never been there but had always dreamed of going, so we decided to go there for a day.

But actually, I have to say that I was a bit disappointed. I don’t know what I expected but the real Venice seemed dirtier and less stunning than what I had pictured in my head.

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Don’t get me wrong, it is still a stunning city and the waterways everywhere are quite special and pretty. But after crossing the 10th bridge, I felt like I’d seen it. Moreover, I don’t like walking through narrow streets all day long. The only time you have a wider perspective is when you are at Canal Grande. I felt like I needed some more space to breathe. In the end, we were happy that we saw Venice but also that we hadn’t booked a ridiculously overpriced hotel room to stay in overnight. Am I the only one who thinks this way? Let me know in the comments guys, I’m curious to find out if something’s wrong with me. Zwinkerndes Smiley But we also saw one thing thatI found very cool and would love to do if I ever go back: These guys paddled through Venice! Awesome, right?

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Now it was time to head over to the island of Sardinia.

We took the night ferry at 11 pm from Livorno and arrived in Olbia at 7 am.

We spent twelve days on Sardinia and explored some of its north and east coast. These were my favorite places:

La Cinta Beach

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Crystal clear water and white sand! So beautiful!!

Capo Testa

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This area is located in the very north of the island – you can even see Corsica from there. Next to the picturesque lighthouse, Capo Testa is famous for its bizarrly-formed rocks. And of course, the crystal clear, see-through sea! Smiley

Lu Impostu Beach

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Again: Crystal clear, turquoise blue water. Do I have to say more?!

Sardinia is a gem in the Mediterranean Sea, that’s for sure. We weren’t very active while we stayed on the island. Apart from swimming and snorkeling, we enjoyed the sun and some good books. And after twelve days, we had to take the ferry again which brought us back to the mainland of Italy. On our way back home, we stopped once more at Lake Garda (it’s just so perfectly located for a stopover Smiley), this time in Limone, on the west of the lake.

Limone is another cute, colorful town with narrow, winding streets at Lake Garda. Even though its long tradition ofgrowing lemons suggests, that this is where the name comes from, historians suggest if it might stem from the word Limes, which means boundary (referring to its proximity to the communes of Brescia and the Bishopric of Trento). I personally prefer the lemon story. Zwinkerndes Smiley

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After our last night in Italy, we hit the road, drove the “Brennero”, the famous Brenner Pass through the Alps between Italy and Austria and were back in beautiful Stuttgart eight hours later.

Have you been to Sardinia or Italy in general lately? How did you like it? And please let me know what you think of Venice – I’m curious! Smiley

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