Lake Garda at Christmas: The Lake Garda area has been a popular place to stay for centuries. Indeed, this region was once popular with rich Romans looking to flee the crowded cities.
It’s a similar story today. Many Italians choose to stay around Lake Garda, with a considerably quieter atmosphere than Rome, Milan, Venice, and Florence.
With its proximity to the Italian Alps, this makes a great base for walking or ski holidays. As you would expect from any region in Italy, the food is fantastic and the wines are of excellent quality.
Do you want a pleasant way to spend a Christmas break relaxing in a farmhouse, sitting by the fire and enjoying some wonderful local wines or cuisine?
Italy sometimes has a somewhat unfair reputation as being an expensive place to stay. Hotels and apartments around the lake are reasonably priced, particularly during the festive season.
There are a number of lakeside resorts to choose from, each of which has its own unique atmosphere. If you’re looking for a little bit of everything then the town of Bardolino has plenty to offer.
To take a cheap flight to the Lake Garda region Ryanair offers some highly competitive flights to Brescia. It is a relatively short drive from many of the best resorts.
No mention of Lake Garda at Christmas would be complete without mentioning the village of Riva del Garda, which boasts spectacular views of both the lake and the mountains.
Christmas at Lake Garda is truly spectacular.
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Looking for a special way to see the most beautiful island of Garda Lake? This is exactly what you are looking for. During this 1.5-hour excursion, you’ll see the Grotte di Catullo, the Rocca di Manerba and the Isola di San Biagio.
Departing from the small harbor in front of Sirmione Castle (Piazzale Porto – Sirmione) circumnavigate the Sirmione peninsula to see the ex-villa of Maria Callas, the spa and beauty center Aquaria and the Grotte di Catullo, the largest ruins of a Roman building in the north of Italy.
Then cruise towards the Rocca di Manerba to see San Biagio Island (also known as the Isle of the Rabbits) and finally, arrive at Isola del Garda (Garda Island – also known as Borghese Island). Isola del Garda is the largest island of Garda Lake.
This is a private island, and the stunning neo-Gothic Venetian palace, Villa Borghese, owned by the Cavazza family, is absolutely breathtaking.
Then, return to Sirmione. Before ending the tour, see the sulfur spring of the thermal water of Sirmione and finally, have the chance to admire the Scaligero Castle from another point of view and pass under the two bridges of the castle.
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Lombardia in Cucina: The Flavours of Lombardy
Milan-style risotto, pizzoccheri Valtellinesi, and pumpkin tortelli to start; casoeula, Milan-style cutlets, frogs stewed in tomato to follow, and to send, a slice of sbrisolona cake or panettone.
Lombardy surprises with the richness of its culinary traditions and natural ingredients, which modernity has barely affected.
"Milano in Cucina" captures this kaleidoscope of flavours, with contributions from some of the most celebrated chefs on the culinary scene, who pay homage to their territory, and whose skill is able to present a modern vision in keeping with the region's progressive spirit.
The Italian Academy of Cuisine
La Cucina: The Regional Cooking of Italy
Fifty years ago, a group of Italian scholars gathered to discuss a problem: how to preserve traditional Italian cooking. They formed the Italian Academy of Cuisine to document classic recipes from every region. The academy’s more than seven thousand associates spread out to villages everywhere, interviewing grandmothers and farmers at their stoves, transcribing their recipes—many of which had never been documented before. This is the culmination of that research, an astounding feat—2,000 recipes that represent the patrimony of Italian country cooking. Each recipe is labeled with its region of origin, and it’s not just the ingredients but also the techniques that change with the geography. Sprinkled throughout are historical recipes that provide fascinating views into the folk culture of the past. There are no fancy flourishes here, and no shortcuts; this is true salt-of-the-earth cooking. The book is an excellent everyday source for easily achievable recipes, with such simple dishes as White Bean and Escarole Soup, Polenta with Tomato Sauce, and Chicken with Lemon and Capers. For ease of use there are four different indexes. La Cucina is an essential reference for every cook’s library.
Milano in Cucina: The Flavours of Milan
The famous Risotto Alla Milanese gets its golden hue from the precious spice saffron. Legend has it that the dish came about when a Milanese painter decided to gild the risotto served at his wedding banquet with a harmless gold-colored dye. In Milan, they traditionally serve Risotto Alla Milanese with ossobuco (braised veal shank).
Traditionally made with raisins and candied citron, or with a creamy cream filling, the light, fluffy brioche-like bread called panettone may be tall or short, covered with chocolate or flavored with various liquors, but it’s always a symbol of the Christmas season.
With its hallmark domed shape, panettone graced Christmas tables in Milan since at least the 15th-century. Common knowledge claims its invention is from Milan. It is the most famous Christmas Lombardia food.
The Pax side of the Moon featuring Cesareo
Lombardia (Dicon tutti che sei mia) Quarantine Version - feat. Cesareo (Quarantine Version)