Then we went across the regional roads through northern Italy, passing Merano and Bolzano. From there we went on the Italian highway in the direction of Lake Garda. When we arrived in Riva del Garda in the evening, after a nine hour drive, it was already dark and it was raining.
Luckily in the next four days, we had sunny, summer weather. Riva del Garda, and the whole Garda area is beautiful. The mountains, the lake, the nature and beautiful architecture make it to one of the most beautiful places in Europe. As a petrolhead I naturally loved the curvy roads around the lake. I think my Panda liked it too ;-). I never saw so many Pandas. You see one on every corner. Old ones, new ones, 4x4s, Cross Pandas... but a 100Hp is still something special here. On the whole roadtrip I just saw two 100HPs! One italian and a white one from Germany, driving on the italian highway. I had to laugh when I saw him. I was not the only idiot with this idea. ;-D
We also spent one day in Venice. We parked the Panda right next to Venice in the Tronchetto parking garage. It was about 20€ a day. After a short walk you get to the boats to Venice. Venice is a very beautiful and unique place you have to see once in your live. I would have liked to stay longer to see more than the typical tourist spots but we had just one day. So in the evening we've got to go back to our hotel.
In Riva del Garda we stayed in the "Hotel Deva". A small hotel run by a very nice family. Not the most modern hotel but we felt good there. It is a little above the city, so we had a nice view on Riva. They also have a great restaurant. The food was very delicious, especially the pizza. :-D
After four wonderful days, we were honestly sad to go away from there! But we had to move on. The next destination was Croatia.
More about that, in the third part coming soon...
|The sunken bell tower at Lago di Resia|
|Good morning Riva del Garda! The view from our Hotel "Deva" was awesome!|
|Riva del Garda, a beatiful place.|
|Audi doing some promotion at the habor of Riva. The RS6 is a sick family car ;-)|
|One of many tunnels on the east side of Lake Garda.|
|I love the mountain roards around Lake Garda.|
|At night you have a great view from the Hotel Deva.|
On the bridge to Venice.
|Two classics at the Tronchetto parking garage.|
|Nice view at Lake Garda.|
|Look what we've got here, another german 100HP :-) More of this one in the third part coming soon.|