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Brenzone sul Garda

Brenzone sul Garda is the collective name for a group of sixteen or so small hamlets that stretch from the Lake Garda beaches at the foot of Mount Baldo all the way to its peak — spanning some 2,000 meters, or more than a mile, in height. Located on the center of the eastern shore of Lake Garda, Brenzone historically served as a trading region between the Alps and the Po Valley, resulting in a local culture with influences from Verona, Brescia, and Trentino. The steep elevation of Brenzone makes it a popular destination for hikers and mountain bikers, although there’s also a flat cycle and foot path alongside Lake Garda. Each of the scenic villages is enormously charming, whether it’s waterfront Castelletto, Brenzone’s largest village, dotted with colorful buildings and boats, or Campo di Brenzone, a sparsely populated medieval hamlet only accessible by ancient mule paths.

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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?