Hotel Casa Gagliardi, near Brenzone *
The Hotel Casa Gagliardi is in the lovely Lake Garda-side town of Assenza di Brenzone. What guests particularly enjoy about this family run hotel (with Marco and company in charge) is its ability to deliver friendly and efficient service on a tight budget. View hotel
Double rooms from €47
Hotel Firenze, Assenza Di Brenzone ***
Right on Lake Garda, this friendly family-run hotel has superb views from its restaurant and the balconies of its bedrooms. Hotel Firenze is in Assenza Di Brenzone, on the eastern shores of Lake Garda. View hotel
Double rooms from €32
Lying some 120km west of Venice and 35km north west of Verona, the Veneto town of Brenzone is on the eastern shores of the lovely Lake Garda. A little town of some 2400 people, Brenzone is a long-established and distinctly upmarket tourist spot, lying between the slopes of Mount Baldo and Garda Veronese. This peaceful little municipality is a great base for further explorations, to the Garda towns of Peschiera, Torri del Benaco, Garda Bardolino, Lazise and Malcesine.
Very prettily snuggled at the foot of the wooded slopes, Brenzone has a reliably mild and fresh climate, with no dramatic variations of temperature around the year. Characteristic of the lakeside is a huge diversity of flora and fauna. Species of trees include ilex, cypress, olive, almond, oleander and a host more. As you climb the slopes, the cypresses give way to lemon trees and thence to chestnuts. Climbing to the snowy peaks, you are surrounded by pine, fir and larch. Native animals include partridge, grouse, marmots, roe bucks and chamois, eagles and a myriad different species of butterfly.
A beautiful part of northern Italy then, with excursions out onto Lake Garda and sights to see in Brenzone itself, including the Church of San Zeno and the little church of St Nicola in Bari. Also see the Villa Cassona Rizzardi, set in lovely parkland.