|A Sumptuous Journey in Northern Italy||
"FOOTLOOSE IN THE ITALIAN LAKES"
David and Debra's 140-minute travelogue of the
fabulous holiday destination in northern Italy, and Switzerland. This
comprehensive tour guide and walking travelogue is in four chapters:
Garda, Como, Lugano and Maggiore.
|PART 1. Lake Garda|
|Debra and David arrive in a comedy spoof hire-car to the scenic Lake district of Italy. After an introduction by Debra and Italian travel experts, Garda, the largest in the district is explored by a circular lake drive. Firstly, Debra explores the fortress at Sirmione, and the couple walk to the end of the peninsula to stroll through the extensive roman ruins at Grotte di Catullo.|
Next is Desenzano, the major town on the lake; lovely old town harbour and dream shopping to be experienced here. After this Debra then takes us up to the charming lakeside town of Salo, which was once the capital of Italy for a short while. Next is a visit to the intriguing Il Vittoriale house and gardens, once home to national hero Gabriele d' Annunzio.
Busy little Limone under the cliffs; lovely Riva and its alleyways & port; and Malcesine with its famous castle, are all included in the tour. The intrepid filmmakers take the space-age cableway to the top of Monte Baldo then hike the steep descent with spectacular lake views, and a stout stick.
|PART 4. Lake Maggiore|
|The couple have captured the essence of each of
the lakes, and Maggiore emerges as the most relaxing of them.
Basing themselves in Stresa, Debra and David take a motor-boat to the
fantastic gardens of Isola Bella and Isola Madre, owned by the historic
Borromeo family, a true dynasty. Bella is busy baroque and very Italian,
whilst Madre is quieter, with an English-syle garden and probably the
best views to be had from anywhere on lake Maggiore. There is enough
time to visit the monastery of Santa Caterina del Sasso clinging to the
cliffs on the lake.
A visit to the ancient Rocca di Angera is a special feature in this chapter and the fabulous medieval interior has been perfectly preserved for 500 years.
Next day David and Debra take the Lago Maggiore Express rail trip from Domodossola into Switzerland. After arriving and exploring Locarno at the very top of Maggiore, the all-in -one ticket buys them a scenic boat trip back to Stresa at sunset.
On their final day in the Italian lakes the couple take the cable car to the top of Mottarone, the mountain behind Stresa, and walk down to the magical Lake Orta, with its holy island and Unesco site of 21 chapels. On the way down they take a wrong turn, meet a flock of sheep, see scooters, dogs and donkeys, which all go to make the journey quite a pilgrimmage!
PART 2. Lake Como
Lake Como, considered the
most romantic of the lakes has a long history of silk manufacture.Debra
and David start a walking trail on the City of Como lakeside and see
seaplanes taking off from the water. Next is a walk
through the old quarter to take in the cathedral and its square. Debra
then travels to the Como Silk Museum to learn more about the
region's famous fabric industry, still going strong after 500 years.
|If you have been to the Italian Lakes in the past, then
this film will be a nostalgic trip, and might well encourage you to
return. If you havenít visited yet, Debra will certainly persuade you
to make it your next holiday!
Thoroughly recommended for travellers, garden lovers, walking enthusiasts and of course a virtual holiday for armchair walkers
Produced by David and Debra Rixon
Music specially written by Barnaby Smith
Also in the series: Footloose in Italy ~ Cinque Terre & Venice
|PART 3. Lake Lugano||
... Useful Links
Il Vittoriale House & Garden
Silk Museum of Como
The Swiss Customs Museum
Lago Maggiore Express
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A dark and mysterious
lake, Lugano is mostly Swiss. Debra starts the visit at the distinctly different
City of Lugano, clean, tidy and full of posh shops. When it rains the
couple make a trip to the Alprose Swiss chocolate factory as an
interesting aside, with naturally a tasting session.
Not to be missed is the
tiny Italian enclave of Campione with its colossal casino, all
surrounded by dark forest. Pretty
little Swiss lakeside village, Gandria, also gets a visit... its long
history encompasses growing olives, breeding silkworms and smuggling!