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LAGO DI GARDA AND MY TRAVEL TIPS

21/08/2019
LAGO DI GARDA AND MY TRAVEL TIPS

I spent three days around this beautiful and amazing lake, Garda Lake in Italy. One day was reserved for some childish fun in one of the most known adrenalin, fun parks in this part of Europe, Gardaland. And the other two days were for discovering surroundings of Lake Garda and of Verona, which is super close to the lake.

The plan we made was simple, a drive to Gardaland, spend one day there, go to sleep and then spend two days wandering. And since summer is kind of strange in Europe this year, we had to change our plans due to bad weather and switch days. So, we were discovering the lake for the first and the third day and went to Gardaland the second day. We had a plan to do a whole circle around the lake with a car in one day and stopping in all those charming little cities, towns along the way but at the end we needed two days for that. Only because it was raining half of the first day and we only started with our lake tour around 1 pm. Other than that, the full circle is totally possible in one day if you have a car.

Lake Garda is quite a big lake in northern Italy and the most famous city around the coast of this lake is Sirmione. We started our way around in the Lazise, a charming town on the eastern part of the lake and from there we went up. We managed to come to Riva Del Garda that day where we had dinner and then we drove to our hotel which was near to Lazise but it wasn’t in any particular town. We found it cheaper and easier to have a hotel outside the town since the plan was to drive a lot from the beginning and it was more convenient for us. We booked a basic hotel with breakfast which was more than enough for us since we were only sleeping there for two nights. Towns around the lake are pretty small so a couple of hours in each one of them is quite enough to see everything what they have to offer and to feel that Italian vibe in each one of them.

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Tri dni sem preživela v okolici, neposredni in malo bolj posredni, tega čudovitega, nam zelo blizu, Gardskega jezera v Italiji. Eden izmed treh dni je bil rezerviran za otročarije in norije v Gardalandu, enem najbolj poznanih zabaviščnih parkov v Evropi in tudi nam najbližji. Druga dva dni pa smo izkoristili za raziskovanje okolice jezera in pa Verone, ki leži le nekaj kilometrov od samega jezera. Naš plan je bil preprost, zgodaj zjutraj štartamo in se odpeljemo direktno v Gardaland. Tam preživimo zabaven dan in potem drugi in tretji dan raziskujemo. Ker pa je poletje letos eno bolj hecnih in vreme vseskozi nagaja smo zaradi slabega vremena prvi dan morali plan malce spremeniti. Tako smo prvo popoldne in tretji dan namenili raziskovanju, drugi dan pa je bil tako rezerviran za Gardaland. Namen je bil, da z avtom obkrožimo celotno jezero, kar bi bilo popolnoma izvedljivo v enem celem dnevu, ker pa smo zaradi vremena turo začeli šele okoli enih, nam je uspelo prvi dan prevoziti in raziskati le polovico poti (druga polovica je tako ostala za tretji dan). Če se na pot odpravite z avtom je to res super priložnost, da obvozite celotno jezero in se vmes ustavljate v mestecih, ne nujno vseh. Cesta je lepa in vseskozi poteka večinoma ob jezeru, kar ponuja lepe razglede.

Gardsko jezero je dokaj veliko jezero na severnem delu Italije, nam je znano predvsem zaradi Gardalanda in bližine Verone, pa tudi zaradi enega najlepših in najbolj znanih mest, ki ležijo ob obali jezera, Sirmione. Sami smo svojo pot okoli jezera začeli v mestecu Lazise na vzhodni strani. Čudovito italjansko mesteca, ki očara že pri samem vhodu. Od tod smo svojo pot nadeljevali ob vzhodni strani jezera proti severu in smo na koncu dneva prišli do Riva Del Garda, kjer smo tudi z večerjo zaključili dan in od koder smo se odpeljali nazaj v hotel, ki je bil v bližini Lazise. Hotela namenoma nismo iskali znotraj katerega izmed mestec, saj je bilo zaradi nenehnega premikanja in parkirnega mesta tako priročneje in v končni fazi tudi ceneje. Hoteli v mestih imajo navadno plačljivo parkirno mesto, tisti izven pa v večini primerov zastonj. Rezervirali smo manjši hotelček z zajtrkom, kar nam je bilo za dve nočitvi čisto dovolj. Mesteca okoli jezera so relativno majhna in je par uric v večjih mestecih več kot dovolj za vse znamenitosti, sladoled in nekaj ležernega pohajkovanja.

LAZISE

Lazise is a true charming Italian town. Lively and full of cute outside restaurant, bars and gelato stores. However, it is not really too big so if you skip all drinks or meals here you have two hours more than enough to see pretty much everything. But it is kind of hard to resist all the smells of Italian cookery. It is also one of my favourite towns in this Lake Garda area. We have parked our car on one of a few parking slots just outside the centre (we used Parking Lazise). The parking for one hour is around 1.50€ which is not too expensive considering you are just a minute of walking away from the centre. We came here twice. First day for gelato and some sightseeing and the second day for dinner and drinks.

Ice cream recommendation: Voglia Italiana. You can see their gelato freezers right from the street. It is located right next to that really small harbour next to main square. (#passioneteitaliana).

Restaurant/Dinner recommendation: Pizzeria Cordonega. I swear, I can go back to Lazise just for their home-made pasta with gamberi and zucchini! I had pasta in so many places in Italy (Amalfi Coast and Rome included) but this one is one of the best pasta I had in my life. Some of others had pizza and they were also amazed. Also, their Wine selection is on point. Limoncello is just a cherry on the top before you leave. We didn’t reserve the table in advance. Price is around 25€ per person with shared starter (between 2 persons), main course and wine.

Drinks recommendation: We just randomly chose one of the bars next to the water. The selection of alcoholic beverages was nothing less than what you would expect from Italians. You can´t really miss here. I´m sorry but I forgot the name of the one we went to.

From here we drove to Garda, surpassingly one of the most known towns here. From Lazise to Garda is approximately 20 minutes of driving on a coastal road from where you can admire the views on the lake. The road is pretty scenery and beautiful. Don’t expect fast driving here since the speed is pretty limited and you have to go cross many little towns.

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Lazise, naše prvo mestece na seznamu obiskov. Majhno, očarljivo in pravo italjansko mestece polno barov, restavracij, sladoledarn. Nam je bilo nekaj manj kot dve uri več kot dovolj za ogled celotnega mesteca, z vsemi fotografijami in sladoledi vred. Nismo namreč ničesar jedli ali se usedli na pijačo (drugi dan smo prišli v mesto na večerjo in pijačo) čeprav se je bilo kar težko upreti vsem vonjem. Vendar to je Italija, testenine in pica se vonjajo na vsakem koraku. Lazise je po vsem videnem moje najljubše mestece. Avto smo parkirali v neposredni bližini centra mesta (Parking Lazise). Cena ene ure parkiranja je 1,50€, kar je normalna cena glede na bližino centra. V mestu smo bili dvakrat, prvi dan na obisku in sladoledu in pa drugi dan na večerji.

Predlog za sladoled: Voglia Italiana. Njihove skrinje polne sladoleda lahko vidite že iz ulice. Sladoledarno oziroma restavracijo najdemo zraven res mini mini kot pristanišča v neposredni bližini glavnega trga (#passioneteitaliana).

Predlog restavracije: Pizzeria Cordonega. Prisežem, v Lazise se lahko ta trenutek vrnem le zato, da bi ponovno jedla tukaj. Domače testenine z bučkami in rakci. Nekaj najboljšega! Testenine sem jedla že na veliko koncih v Itlaiji, tudi v Positenu, Rimu in Toskani ampak tukaj so bile ene izmed najboljših v mojem življenju. Ostali so jedli pico, ki je prav tako niso mogli prehvaliti. In tudi njihova vinska karta je zelo dobra. Limoncello je pa samo češnja na vrhu ob zaključku slastne večerje. Mize nismo rezervirali vnaprej ampak mislim, da smo imeli dokaj srečo, da je bilo prosto. Cena je okoli 25€ na osebo z razdeljeno predjedjo (med dvemi osebami), glavno jedjo in pijačo.

Predlog za pijačo: Po večerji smo naključno izbrali enega izmed lokalov ob vodi z prelepim razgledom na jezero. Meni alkoholnih pijač ni bil nič drugačen kot bi pričakoval v Italiji, obsežen in zadovoljiv z vsemi možnimi koktejli in aperitivi. Mislim, da tukaj ni mogoče zgrešiti. Žal sem pozabila ime bara v katerega smo šli mi.

Iz Lazise smo se odpeljali proti mestu Garda, ki pa je mogoče presenetljivo, eno bolj poznanih mesto ob jezeru. Od Lazise je približno 20 minut vožnje, ki pa poteka po obali jezera in lahko ves čas občudujemo lepe razglede, ki nam jih vožnja ponuja. Vendar nikar ne pričakujte hitre, odprte in divje vožnje saj cesta poteka skozi majhna mesteca in vasice poleg tega pa je precej zavita.


GARDA

The second town we visited on our way. I have to say I wasn’t as impressed as I was in Lazise. It is beautiful but I found it a bit boring and empty while I was expecting something completely opposite. We just took a little 30 minutes stroll around the promenade and around little central streets and then we left towards the north. But of course I stopped for gelato. I promised myself  that I will have gelato on every stop. It is ok for a quick stop just to do a quick stroll in my opinion but I found other towns that we visited more beautiful and enjoyable. Parking is right next to the ferry port and if I remember correctly is 2€ per hour.

Ice cream recommendation: Bullio Gelateria. Gelateria with the highest rate on trip advisor in this town and I approve the rate. It. Was. Delicious! I had walnut and it was yummy! Feel free to take me back for gelato. The gelateria is a few steps outside the main area of the town but not really too far.

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Drugo mestece na seznamu, Garda. Moram povedati, da me ni ravno očaralo. Pričakovala sem nekaj bolj podobnega Lazise, kar pa Garda ni. Saj ne pravim, da ni lepo, vendar je bilo prazno in malce dolgočasno v primerjavi z drugimi. Vzelo nam je ravno pol ure, da smo se sprehodili skozi mesto, po promenadi in po ulicah. Ampak seveda se je bilo potrebno ustaviti na sladoledu. Sama sebi sem obljubila, da bom v vsakem mestu, ki ga bomo obiskali poiskala najboljši sladoled in si privoščila kepico ali dve. Garda je tako po mojem mnenju super za postanek, krajši sprehod, vendar so mi ostala mesta ostala v veliko lepšem spominu in bi Gardo najverjetneje preskočila, če bi jezero še kdaj obiskala. Parkirno mesto smo našli neposredno ob pristanišču za trajekt in če se ne motim je stal 2€ na uro.

Predlog za sladoled: Bullio Gelateria. Sladoledarna z najboljšo oceno na Trip Advisor za to mestece in to povsem zasluženo. Noro dober sladoled! Vzela sem oreh in bil je za polizat prste dober. Sladoledarna se nahaja le par ulic izven samega centra mesta, vendar je le par minut hoje, ki se definitivno izplačajo.


TORRI DEL BENACO

Next stop. Maybe not even 10 minutes drive from Garda. We stopped here spontaneously because we loved the instant view you see from the road. And It was one of my favourite stops on the way. So quiet and charming. The main area is around a really small port and the town itself has this beautiful coastal vibe that I like so much. It is really small so one hour is more than enough if you include gelato and drinks as we did.

Ice cream recommendation: Gelateria I Volti

Drinks recommendation: Hugo Spritz in Café Gardesana. Also their menu looks yummy but we weren’t hungry and stopped here just for drinks.

SLO

Še niti ne 10 minut vožnje po cesti naprej od Garde je mestece Torri Del Benaco. Tukaj smo se ustavili povsem spontano, saj nam je bil všeč razgled, ki se je ponujal na poti. Na koncu je bil to eden naših ljubših postankov saj gre za lepo lepo majhno mestece. Res nismo pričakovali, da bomo tako očarani. Glavni del mesta je zgrajen okoli res majhnega pristanišča, samo mesto pa oddaja takšen prijeten obalni vibe. Ker je res majhno je ena ura za obisk čisto dovolj, če vključite še sladoled in kakšno pijačo.

Predlog za sladoled: Gelateria I Volti.

Predlog za bar: Café Gardesana. Jaz sem si privoščila Hugo Spritz. Tudi njihov meni izgleda slastno in vabljivo vendar nismo bili lačni in ga nismo preizkusili.

MALCESINE

Unexpectedly big town where we stopped on our 30 minute drive from Torri Del Benaco. Between those two towns there is nothing really interesting to see or to be worth stopping for, except really pretty views. As I said I was amazed how big it was. Was expecting something like Lazise but it is was bigger. I was charmed right away. On still relatively small area you have main squares, uphill streets and charming little hidden spots full of restaurants and bars with outside sitting. And views! So many different views on the lake. It a true town of pretty spots. We parked our car on Parcheggio Malcestine Centro and took a two hour stroll since we were all so impressed by the charm of this town. We were debating weather should we just have dinner here but then we sticked to our original plan and had dinner in Rive del Garda.

Ice cream recommendation: Cento Per Cento Gelateria. The only gelateria that day that I had to wait in a line to get ice cream. And with a reason, the ice cream was delicious. One of the best I had. I took their Mozart flavour and hazelnut. Both yummy.

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Malce nepričakovano kar veliko mestece Malcesine oddaljeno pol ure vožnje od Torri Del Benaco. Med tema dvema mestoma ni dejansko nobenega, vsaj nam ne, zanimivega postanka razen nekaj res lepih razgledov na jezero. Dejansko smo bili malce presenečeni nad samo velikostjo mesta saj smo vsi pričakovali nekaj podobnega Lazise in smo bili na koncu prijetno presenečeni. Čudovito italjansko mestece, živahno, polne ulice, polni bari in restavracije. Na relativno majhnem področju najdemo vse, od pristanišča, do ozkih zavitih in strmih ulic, prijetnih kavarn, sladoledarn in prikupnih malih restavracij z rdečimi prti in terasicami. In pa razgledi. Najbolj so me očarali razgledi, ki jih ponuja mesto na jezero in okolico. Avto smo pustili na Parcheggio Malcestine, ki je v neposredni bližini centra in smo si vzeli nekje dve uri za raziskovanje tega res lepega mesteca. Bili smo celo tako navdušeni, da smo razmišljali ali bi kar tukaj večerjali, vendar smo se na koncu vseeno držali prvotnega plana in se odpeljali naprej do zadnjega mesteca za ta dan, Riva Del Garda.

Predlog za sladoled: Cento Per Cento Gelateria. In pa tudi edina sladoledarna v Kateri smo morali čakati v vrsti. Verjetno z razlogom, saj je bil sladoled božanski. Sama semi mela okus Mozart in pa lešnik, oba enakovredno dobra.

RIVA DEL GARDA

Last stop of the day. The town on the northern part of the lake. We came here quite late and it was already down. Since we were already quite hungry we just took a little stroll around the promenade before we went searching for our dinner spot. What I loved about this town was the mountain surroundings. On one side you have main square with palm trees and then you look up and you see mountains. Quite spectacular. It was the only town that day where I didn’t have ice cream haha. Kinda forgot about is. Yes, I’m ashamed. It was very lively with some live music and a lot of people. You can see that it is one of the main cities in the area. We have parked in Parkplatz Riva Centro which a parking closest to the centre.

Restaurant/Dinner recommendation: Since we didn’t reserve our table we didn’t get one nor in Bistrot la Caneva, Pizzeria Bella Napoli or Enosteria I Momenti that we had on our list and were recommended to us since they were full. So what left to us was to try and search for a good Italian restaurant that had a free table. We optioned for La Montanara. It was ok but it wasn’t breath-taking. Dinner next day in Lazise was way more delicious. But since it was pretty crowded, we didn’t really had much choice where to eat without a reservation. We all went with pasta and It was good. Price was around 23€ per person with shared starter, main course, dessert and wine.

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Zadnji postanek dne. Mesto na severnem delu jezera. V mesto smo prišli relativno pozno in se je že mračilo in ker mso bili že pošteno lačni smo se le na hitro sprehodili okoli in poiskali restavracijo v Kateri bi večerjali. Kar mi je bilo izredno všeč je to, da je mesto obkroženo s hribi kar mu daje takšen “varovan in mističen” pridih. Na eni strani se sprehajamo po glavnem trgu, kjer je polno palm in zelenja, vendar ko se uzremo proti gor vidimo hribe. To pa je bilo tudi edino mesto v katerem sem si pozabila privoščiti sladoled, grozno saj vem. Preposto sem pozabila. Mesto je zelo živo z živo glasbo na večih vogalih in polnimi lokali. Parkirali smo na Parkplatz Rive Centro, ponovno, parkirno mesto najbližje centru.

Predlog za restavracijo: Ker zaradi nepredvidljivega urnika nismo točno vedeli kdaj bomo prišli v mesto nismo rezervirali mize. Na seznamu smo imeli restavracije Bistrot la Caneva, Pizzeria Bella Napoli in Enosteria I Momenti, ki naj bi bile najbolše vendar žal nismo dobili mize. Priporočam, da mizo rezervirate vnaprej. Zato smo se slepo sprehajali po ulicah in skušali najti restavracijo, ki nam bi bila všeč in bi imela prosto mizo. Odločili smo se za La Montanara, ki je bila dobra italjanska restavracija vendar ni bila noben presežek. Recimo večerja v Lazise naslednji dan je bila neprimerljivo boljša. Vendar glede na to, da nismo imeli nikjer rezervacije nam ni preostalo veliko možnosti. Vsi smo jedli testenine, ki so bile dobre in tudi hišno vino je bilo dobro. Cena je bila okoli 23€ na osebo z razdeljeno predjedjo med dvemi osebami, glavno jedljo in deljeno sladico (2 osebi) ter vinom.

SIRMIONE

Probably the most well known town in this area and the first stop on our third day in Italy. We did half of the circle around the lake first day and what was left we did on our third day, starting in Sirmione. Since this is the most visited town the crowd was expected. We parked our car on one of the parking lots before you come to the city gates. Parking price is a bit higher than what we were used to but it is manageable if the walking distance to the main centre is important to you. If you check Sirmione on maps you will see it looks like some kind of peninsula into the lake. The main centre is on the beginning right when you cross the gate and further you go the more green and nature like it becomes. This part of Sirmione is reserved for beautiful villas and hotels but you can walk around freely. It offers beautiful views on the lake. The centre is pretty crowded no matter the time and even if the traffic is limited you still have to deal with cars and other transportation vehicles around narrow corners. We spent here as little of our time as possible. It is beautiful to walk around that more natural part of peninsula and to see the famous first view of the entrance to the city but this pretty much is it if you ask me. There are more beautiful cities around the lake which have more to offer and are not as crowded. We didn’t eat here, just grab a gelato and that we ate on the shore and then went towards our next destination.

Ice cream recommendation: Gelato Artigianale. I felt for those big ice cream cones with chocolate and hazelnuts around the top and for bunch of big freezers offering every flavour possible. Took three scoops because why not haha.

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Verjetno najbolj slavno in poznano mesto ob jezeru in naš prvi postanek zadnjega, tretjega dne okoli Gardskega jezera. Ta dan smo predno smo obiskali Verono naredili še preostali del poti, ki nam ga ni uspelo narediti prvi dan. Ker Sirmione velja za eno najbolj obiskanih mest je bila gneča pričakovana, parkirno mesto bolj sreča kot pravilo in precej dražja parkirnina kot drugje. Avto smo parkirali na parkirnih mestih, ki jih najdemo predno se pripeljemo do samih mestnih vrat, vhoda v mesto. In če se ne motim je bila cena za malo več kot tri ure okoli 10€. Nekako še solidna cena, glede na to, da si parkiran par minut hoje od samega vhoda v mesto. Če si na mapi pogledate Sirmione boste videli, da je mesto kot nekakšen ozek majhen polotok kopnega v jezero, kar mu daje tiste znane razglede obzidja na začetku. Samo strogo jedro je takoj na začetku polotoka, ko prečkamo most in mestna vrata, naprej je Sirmione bolj zelen polotok, ki se zaključi s plažo v špici. Predvsem ta, zeleni, gozdičkasti del polotoka je rezerviran za čudovite vile in hotele. Večina tega vsega je zasebna last in se lahko gibamo le po za pešce predvidenih poteh. Center mesta je zelo oblegan in gužva je res velika. Zlasti zato, ker so ulice ozke in po njih se zna pripeljati še kakšen avtomobil in ostala prevozna sredstva. Sami tukaj nismo želeli izgubljati preveč časa, saj je lepo ampak gužva je res ogromna. Veliko bolj kot v centru mesta smo uživali v tistem bolj zelenem delu in smo se sprehajali po obali in občudovali vile. Najlepši pogled je takoj tisti na začetku, ko je vidno obzidje. Ostala mesta so po mojem mnenju veliko lepša in prijetnejša. Prav tako tukaj nismo razen sladoleda jedli ničesar.

Priporočilo za sladoled: Gelato Artigianale. Nemogoče je zgrešiti ogromne skrinje z najrazličnejšimi okusi sladoleda in tistimi velikimi, ogromnimi korneti. V kolikor boste vzeli tri kepice sladoleda, kot sem jih jaz, bodite pripravljeni na res konkretno porcijo. Najlepše je potem iti sladoled pojesti na obalo ob jezero.

SALÒ

From Sirmione we went towards the other, western part of the lake, to Salò. It took us an hour to get here because of the traffic. Sadly, it was too hot to really enjoy this one because the sun was burning. We just took a walk around the promenade and then we went hiding into the shadows of the street. It was around 1pm and the city was kinda empty. The town itself it is beautiful but nothing special in my opinion. I even forgot about the gelato since it was just too hot for anything. We parked in one of public garages right next to the centre.

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Iz Sirmione smo se po cesti odpravili proti zahodni strain jezera proti mestu Salò. Ta del poti se je kar malce vlekel, cesta ne poteka neposredno ob jezeru in je posledično malo bolj dolgočasna. Prav tako pa je zaradi precejšne gneče na cesti pot trajala dobro uro. Mesto smo obiskali na verjetno enega najbolj vročih dni in smo se bolj skrivali med ulicami v senci čeprav je mestna promedana naravnost čudovita. Ravno zaradi same vročine nismo uživali tako kot bi lahko. Ob enih popoldne je bilo mesto skoraj da ne popolnoma prazno. Je pa lepo obalno mestece, čeprav nič posebnega v primerjavi z drugimi. Tudi tukaj smo parkirali v eni izmed javnih garaž v bližini centra mesta.

LIMONE SUL GARDA

Next stop, around 45 minutes of driving was Limone Sul Garda. We didn’t really make a strop here but we simply took a few turns to see the town from the car since we also had Verona planned for that day and still had to come home. At the end we were sorry we didn’t stop for more because the town looked beautiful from the car and we ended up wondering how beautiful it must look if you stroll around. Next time.

The road on this side of the lake is more scenary in my opinion but is has way less spots where you could just stop for a view and there is not as many towns as they are on the other side. From here we drove to Riva Del Garda where we didn’t make a stop this time and went straight to Verona. It took us one and a half hour to reach Verona.

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45 minut vožnje naprej po zahodni strani jezera pridemo do mesteca Limone Sul Garda. Tukaj se nismo zares ustavili saj nas je že malo preganjal čas, ta dan je bila namreč na sporedu še Verona in pa pot domov. Mestece smo si ogledali kar iz avta in na koncu obžalovali, da se nismo vstavili na hitrem ogledu saj je izgledalo čudovito. Naslednjič.

Cesta na tej strani jezera je za vožnjo in razglede mogoče malo prijetnejša, vsaj meni osebno so se na tej strani odpirali lepši razgledi in pogledi. Je pa res, da je veliko manj mestec ali odsekov, kjer se je mogoče ustaviti. Od tu naprej smo se odpeljali mimo Riva Del Garda, mesta, ki smo ga obiskali prvi večer in nadaljevali pot proti Veroni. Do Verone smo potrebovali uro in pol.

VERONA

We parked in Parcheggio Multipiano Cittadella. The parking garage is just two minutes walking from the main entrance to the city right in front of the Arena. Price is reasonable for the location and not sure if I remember correctly but it is around 3€ per hour. But I think the max price is 18€ (not 100% sure though). Because of the parking garage where we parked we had a great starting point for discovering the city. First, we went to the Arena and Piazza Bra which was 3 minutes walking away. We didn’t go in because no one of us were really impressed when we visited it before. From there we just went strolling through the city visiting all the main streets, Juliet´s house, Piazza dei Signori, Verona Cathedral, Castel San Pietro, Piazza delle Erbe and we were just admiring the beauty of this city. We had four hours here and it wasn’t nearly enough too see and feel everything. Since Verona is only a few hours away from Slovenia will definitely visit soon again. Verona is one of those really charming Italian cities that gets you the moment you step into them. Verona is big and small at the same time but everything worth seeing is concentrated so you can easily walk from one thing to another getting yourself a gelato or two in the meantime.

Ice cream recommendation: I usually try to find best gelato wherever I am, but if I see Venchi I am sold. And in Verona there is Venchi haha.

Pizza recommendation: We went to a really small place with only a few tables and it looks more like a fast food than a restaurant but the pizza here was one of the best I had. Zio Lele Verona is a small pizza place where you choose from different slices of pizza and they cut them for you and serve them warm and delicious. We ordered a bunch of different and were impressed by all of them. 

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Verona. Avto smo parkirali v parkirni hiši Parcheggio Multipiano Cittadella. Parkirna garaža je locirana le dve minuti hoje stran od samega začetka mestnega središča in veronske arene. Cena je glede na lokacijo sprejemljiva, če se pravilno spomnim je 3€ na uro vendar ne več kot 18€ na dan (nisem čisto prepričana, tako da me prosim ne držati za besedo). Parkirna hiša je odlično izhodišče za raziskovanje mesta, saj je res v samem središču. Prvo smo se skozi mestni vhod sprehodili do trga Bra in arene. Arene nismo obiskali saj sem v preteklosti že bila notri in nisem bila tako zelo navdušena kot bi si takrat želela. Od tukaj smo se prosto sprehajali in raziskovali po mestu. Obiskali smo vse glavne znamenitosti mesta. Vse glavne ulice, Julijino hišo, katedralo, trge. Verona je res super mesto saj lahko peš vidimo vse, res lahko začutimo mesto in uživamo. Par ur v mestu nam je bilo čisto premalo in z veseljem se bomo še vrnili. Sploh če vzamemo v obzir, da je Verona res blizu nam in je odlična za vikend izlet. Mislim, da Verona očara čim stopimo na trg z areno in se prepustimo mestu, da nas prevzame.

Priporočilo za sladoled: Po navadi vedno skušam najti sladoledarno z najboljšim sladoledom, vendar pa priznavam, da sem prodana v kolikor v mestu najdem Venchi. In v Veroni najdemo Venchi sladoledarno.

Priporočilo za restavracijo, pico: Pico smo si privoščili v res majhnem lokalu, ki niti ne spominja na restavracijo in ima notri vsega skupaj 5 mizic. Dejansko bi lahko rekli, da izgleda kot lokal s hitro hrano. Zio Lele Verona je res majhen lokalček kjer ponujajo najrazličnejše pice na kos. Mi smo naročili ogromno različnih in so nam jih potem razrezali na kvadratke in postregli za mizo. Mogoče na prvi pogled ni izgledalo tako, vendar to je bila ena najboljših pic v mojem življenju.

MY QUICK LITTLE TRAVEL TIPS

Idea of writing down my little tricks and tips when traveling or visiting new places came from the takeover I had while I was in Italy, and where I was talking about my recommendations. I was amazed by the response about the topic and how many questions people had about my tips.

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Ideja o tem, da bi na blogu zapisala nekaj mojih predlogov in trikov katerih se držim, ko sama potujem, se je porodila ob mojem »Instagram prevzemu«, ki sem ga imela med obiskom Italije. Tako imenovani »takeover« se je izkazal za zelo uspešnega in pojavilo se je ogromno zanimanja in povpraševanja po tej temi.

Finding a hotel

If I don’t stay in Airbnb I pretty much always choose the hotel via booking.com. I find the site super simple and even more than a site I use their app on my phone. I love how transparent everything is and how you can choose from a bunch of different filters. I really love the free cancellation option on most of the hotels I have ever booked (because we all know things can change). I also always had a great experience with their support and call centre. So, how do I find a hotel? First of course I put in a destination, dates and number of people. When I get offered a bunch of hotels, apartments, B&B´s… I go straight to filters. If I am looking for a hotel which is not last minute I always check free cancellation option, than I choose the budget (even if I would love to stay in Plaza New York I just don’t want to pay thousands and thousands of dollars right now so there is no sense for booking to show me such an expensive hotel or accommodation). I don’t really care about the number of stars but I do care about the Review score, which is a grade that is measured by the satisfaction of previous visitors which gave the review about their stay. I usually thick 8, so the booking show me everything above the score 8. If I travel with a car, I usually try to find a hotel with a free parking, so I tick free parking under the facilities filter (But that really depends on where are you going. In the centre of Amsterdam there is no such thing as free parking.). You have a lot of options under filters where you can make a search easier for you and you tick things depends on your needs and wishes. Then when I get hotels depends on my filters, I try to find suitable one looking at pictures and the position on the map, I also read some of the reviews and check their policy. When I am traveling with a car I almost never stay in the centre of the cities because I always try to find hotels a bit outside. I find it easier and more convenient plus it is cheaper. But sometimes I do score an amazing place in the centre. You have to play with a search a bit and you will always find something for your needs.

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Kako najti hotel? V kolikor ne uporabljam spletne strani Airbnb, da bi našla stanovanje oziroma nastanitev, uporabljam booking.com. Hotele vedno iščem in najdem preko te spletne strani. Spletna stran je super pregledna, sama pa največkrat uporabljam kar njihovo aplikacijo na telefonu. Všeč mi je, kako lahko nastanitev iščem skozi različne filtre in kako je zadeva res super pregledna in enostavna za uporabo. Všeč mi je tudi zato, ker ponuja veinoma brezplačne odpovedi rezervacij, seveda ne 100% v vseh hotelih ali sobah in pa brezplačna odpoved velja v naprej določenem roku. Jaz vedno rezerviram nastanitev z brezplačno odpovedjo (če le ne gre za izlet ali potovanje v zadnji minuti), saj vsi vemo, da lahko kdaj pride do nepredvidljivih situacij in moramo kdaj kaj odpovedati. Z booking.com in njihovim klicnim centrom in stranjo za pomoč uporabnikom sem vedno imela same lepe izkušnje in jim popolnoma zaupam. Torej, kako pa sama poiščem oziroma najdem hotel? Seveda prvo vpišem destinacijo in pa datume ter število oseb, sob. Ko mi aplikacija oziroma spletna stran ponudi res veliko hotelov (odvisno od destinacije) grem takoj na filtre, kjer bom lahko zoožala izbor po moji ustreznosti. Če ne gre za izlet v zadnji minuti vedno obkljukam možnost brezplačne odpovedi (tako mi bo booking ponudil le tiste nastanitve, ki to možnost imajo – res je, da je takšna soba včasih malo dražja). Potem izberem znesek, ki sem ga pripravljena plačati (z veseljem bi bila nastanjena v New York Plaza hotelu vendar si trenutno ne morem privoščiti, da bi za sobo plačala več tisoč evrov zato je nesmiselno, da mi booking takšne sobe sploh ponuja). Glede zvezdic, ki jih ima hotel mi je vseeno, mi je pa izredno pomembna ocena uporabnikov, ki so nastanitev že koristili. Ocena uporabnikov nam pove, koliko so bili v povprečju ljudje, ki so v nastanitvi že bivali zadovoljni v različnih kriterijih, kot so lokacija, čistoča, osebje, hrana… Velja poudariti, da lahko oceno podajo le tisti, ki so se iz nastanitve po bivanju uspešno odjavili. Navadno označim oceno 8, da mi booking otem filtrira nastanitve, ki imajo oceno boljšo od 8. Kadar potujem z avtom mi je tudi pomembno, da ima hotel brezplačno parkirišče (seveda je odvisno tudi od lokacije in ali je hotel v centru mesta, kjer po navadi te možnosti skoraj da ni) . Filtri ponujajo veliko različnih možnosti kjer si lahko vrsto nastanitve prilagodimo svojim potrebam in pričakovanjem ter tako res zožimo število rezultatov. Ko mi po vseh izbranih filtrih booking naredi selekcijo zame primernih hotelov začnem pregled le teh. Prvi vtis je vedno čim višja ocena, cena in pa prva slika. Nato pregledam slike, pogledam točno lokacijo in pa preberem ocene gostov. Na podlagi vsega tega se potem odločim kateri hotel izbrati in ga tudi rezerviram. Kadar potujem z avtom se največkrat izogibam hotelom v mestih ali v centrih mesta saj so le ti navadno precej dražji in imajo dodatno plačljivo parkirno mesto, ne pravim, da se še ni zgodila izjema in sem našla super hotel v mestu. Igranje s filtri in brskanje nam omogoči, da bomo skoraj vedno našli hotel po svojih željah in potrebah.

Around the city and parking

How to find a parking spot? If you look at google maps of any city anywhere in the world you would see that certain areas are coloured in that yellow/orange colour. That are the main areas, most famous things are inside those areas, areas that are usually worth seeing, they contain everything what is must see, where the touristy things are gathered. The city centre of each city. Bigger the city, more areas are colourised. When I look for a parking garage I just type for instance “Verona parking garage” into google maps and then maps offer me a bunch of options and different parking spots. I just look for one that is closest to that colourised area. When you click on a letter the google will offer you some information about that parking and also some reviews, among which you can usually find the price, or you can check that one on the website of the garage. I always find parking like that and depends on reviews, price and the location I decide which one I will use. I will use the parking garage that is nearest or in that colourised area. Most of the time parking like this are the most expensive ones. Then I just walk around and try to see the most in given time. I am not that kind of a person that plans everything into details ahead. I like to give myself some space when it comes to discovering. Sure, I do check what is worth seeing, interesting places, cafes, shops, markets but I also leave myself  some discovering space as I like to call it haha. Google maps offer that amazing option where you can save locations. When you drop a pin you can click on save that pin and you can choose from “want to go”, “favourites” and “starred places” or you can create a new, your own one. I save all the interesting restaurants under one label, stores under another and interesting places I want to visit under third one. So that way, when I am strolling around I can check anytime on my phone if anything interesting is near me that I might have overlooked. Also, when I get hungry I can quickly see if I have any saved food places around me. Sure, bigger the city more pins you have. You should see Manhattan area on my phone haha. That way I find it easy to navigate around any city anywhere.

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Kako poiščem parkirno mesto kadar potujem z avtom v nekem popolnoma novem mestu? Google maps so moj najljubši potovalni prijatelj! ČE pogledate google maps boste videli, da je določen del mesta (katerega koli mesta kjerkoli na svetu) obarvan drugače, v takšnih rumeno oranžnih tonih. Ta obarvani del označuje center mesta, področje glavnih znamenitosti, turistični del mesta. Seveda, večje kot je mesto več je obarvanega. In kadar iščem parkirno mesto v nekem novem mestu ali kraju preprosto vtipkam v google maps »parking garage ali parking ter ime mesta« in mi potem mapa ponudi možnosti kjer lahko parkiram. S klikom na posamezno lokacijo parkiranja nam potem google ponudi nekaj informacij o tem parkirnem mestu, ocene uporabnikov, spletno stran. Med ocenami uporabnikom navadno lahko najdemo tudi ceno parkirišča ali pa za le to preverimo spletno stran. Parkirno mesto vedno najdem na takšen način in do sedaj je bilo vedno vse super. Jaz osebno vedno iščem parkirna mesta, ki bi bila kar najbližje centrom mesta, tem obarvanim področjem, saj mi je pomembno, da »z nepotrebnim premikanjem« izgubljam kar najmanj časa. Res pa je, da so parkirna mesta oziroma garaže, ki so v samem centru ali neposredni bližini navadno najdražje in je treba plačati malo več. Sama nisem ravno človek, ki bi splaniral celotno zadevo v same detajle. Rada si pustim nekaj prostora za slepo raziskovanje in pohajkovanje po mestu. Seveda si označim in poiščem glavne znamenitosti in kaj res ne smem zgrešiti, vendar pa tudi rada brezciljno tavam in odkrivam mogoče še neodkrite kotičke. Google maps ponuja tudi zelo uporabno možnost shranjevanja, označevanja lokacij. Sama si naredim nek ohlapen seznam česa ne smem zamuditi, kaj moram nujno videti, najboljše kavarne, trgovine, lokacije, restavracije… Ko v mapah najdemo določeno lokacijo, recimo »glavni trg« jo lahko shranimo. Na lokacijo nam odvrže žebljiček in potem z možnostjo, ko kliknemo na »glavni trg« izberemo možnost shrani. Mape nam ponudijo, da lahko lokacijo shranimo pod različne kategorije – najljubši kraj, moram videti, lahko pa naredimo povsem svoj zaznamek. Ko takšno lokacijo na takšen način shranimo bomo na mapi vedno videli majhno ikono (zastava, zvezdica, srček). Sama uporabljam eno označbo za restavracije, eno za znamenitosti in eno za trgovine. Tako med premikanjem po krajih lahko vedno na telefonu pogledam kje točno se nahajam in ali imam v bližini označenega kaj, kar je vredno ogleda. Seveda večje kot je mesto več takšnih zaznamkov oziroma shranjenih lokacij imam (morali bi videti Manhattan na mojem telefonu haha). Na takšen način se zelo preprosto in hitro znajdem.

Restaurants and ice cream

And how do I find restaurants, ice cream spots and anything else food related? Trip Advisor! Trip Advisor is my ass saving, more like belly saving app, haha! I always check it before I go eat anywhere. So far, I had only great experiences listening to it. How does it work? If you have it on your phone just type down the location and choose the “restaurants”. Then you can browse by meal, price range, by food… I usually browse by meal or I just check list of all restaurants. Ice cream is under dessert haha. The first one (not sponsored one) is usually the best one. By clicking on it you can see the reviews and bunch of other useful information as pone number, their website, reserve online if they have an option, photos… That way you can always check where are you going to eat, the prices and if it is any good. I always use it since I like to eat good and I hate to end up paying for something that is tasteless or where the personnel is extremely rude. Trip Advisor can be used for a lot of different things, like checking the reviews of hotels, activities, different recommendations. But most of the time I use it just for food.

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Kako pa je z restavracijami, bari in kam na sladoled? Trip Advisor! Še en najboljši prijatelj v neznanih krajih. Že neštetokrat je rešil moj lačen želodček haha. Vedno preverim Trip Advisor predno se odločim kam iti jesti. Vedno! In vedno sem imela same super izkušnje in sem jedla res dobro. Kako pa deluje? Na telefon si lahko namestite aplikacijo ali pa pogledate spletno stran. Preprosto vtipkam lokacijo in med možnostmi izberem restavracije. Aplikacija nato ponudi vse restavracije na izbrrani lokaciji. Lahko izbiramo tudi po kategoriji hrane (ameriška, indijska, …) ali pa po željenem obroku (zajtrk, večerja…). Sladoled najdete pod sladicami! Prva restavracija, ki ni sponzorirana, je najbolje ocenjena restavracija s strani uporabnikov v tem kraju. S klikom na restavracijo se nam odpre veliko podatkov, vključno s telefonsko številko, spletno stranjo, urami delovanja. Najdemo tudi slike uporabnikov in pa kar je najpomembnejše ocene. Na ta način boste vedno vedeli, kaj ponujajo, kakšno kvaliteto in standard imajo ter koliko lahko pričakujete, da boste plačali. Sama vedno preverim ocene že zaradi tega, ker ne maram plačevati, po možnosti velikih vsot, za neokusno hrano ali res slabo postrežbo. Trip Advisor je poleg hrane uporaben tudi za pregled ocen hotelov, raznih aktivnosti, turističnih agencij. Jaz ga osebno največ uporabljam za hrano.

There, hope those tips and my little tricks will help some of you. If you have any questions just let me know.

Tako, upam, da bodo tile moji mali nasveti komu pomagali. Če pa je še kakšno vprašanje pa le vprašajte.

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