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Bardolino is a picturesque town on the eastern shore of Lake Garda, known for its namesake red wine that derives its bright, intense flavors from the grapes that grow on the surrounding slopes. Its history dates back centuries — all the way to the Bronze Age, when Bardolino was just a small fishing village. Today, Bardolino wears its past lightly, boasting a charming old town center where medieval walls from the 12th century remain. The ancient walls are interspersed with centuries-old pastel-hued buildings lining the narrow streets that run perpendicular to the lakefront, which made it easy for fishing boats to be carried directly to the water. The town’s Mediterranean climate and the region’s morainic soil, composed of the rocky turf left behind by melting glaciers, are responsible for Bardolino’s famous olive oil, wines, and verdant hills, covered with cypresses, oleanders, and laurels.

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Living in Lake Garda

Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy, spanning three provinces: Trentino in the north, Brescia in the west, and Verona in the east. The story of the region begins in the Ice Ages, when glaciers moved through the land, creating a ring of alpine mountains before melting into cerulean lake waters. The result of these glacial paths is an environment that seems custom designed for the most enjoyable of lifestyles: Olives, grapes, and lemons flourish in the morainic soil; the temperate weather is livened up by mountain breezes; and natural beauty is everywhere. Many residents of Limone, a town on Lake Garda’s shores, turn out to have the “Limone gene,” guaranteeing long, healthy lives. While the rest of the world marvels at this genetic quirk, Lake Garda’s residents merely shrug—what else would you expect from a life spent in one of the most perfect places on Earth?