Built in 1393 and completed in 1395 at the behest of Gian Galeazzo Visconti , Duke of Milan , in order to ensure the impenetrability of the eastern borders of the duchy. It was once connected to the Scaligero castle above by two high curtain walls and integrated into the fortified complex called Serraglio , which stretched for about 16 km in the Verona plain to the marshes of Grezzano.

Via Raffaello Sanzio, Valeggio Sul Mincio, Italy (Castello Scaligero in the background)

Ruins of the Fortified Gate, Ponte Visconteo di Valeggio sul Mincio, Strada Viscontea, Valeggio sul Mincio

Mincio River & Weir, Ponte Visconteo di Valeggio sul Mincio

The Parco Giardino Sigurtà is a 60- hectare natural park located in Valeggio sul Mincio , in the province of Verona , 8 km from Peschiera del Garda . Winner of the second prize of Parco Più Bello in Europe 2015 and Parco Più Bello d’Italia 2013.

Carlo Sigurtà, (1898 – 1983) arrived in Valeggio in 1941 and purchased one of the famous buggets that were produced here, he was offered the purchase of Villa Maffei and its large park of twenty-two hectares, extending it over the years up to today’s sixty hectares.

Park Vehicle

Tourist Train

Villa Courtyard & Gates

Just a few of many doors and windows around Lake Garda.

Shuttered Windows, via Capitelli, Limone Sul Garda

via Capitelli, 19, Limone Sul Garda

via Lungolago Guglielmo Marconi, Limone Sul Garda

via Monsignor Daniele Comboni, 60, Limone Sul Garda

Garage Doors, viale Roma, 19, Malcesine

Windows, via Don Turazza, 12, Malcesine

viale Roma, 34, Malcesine

viale Roma, 30, Malcesine

Trento in the Veneto region of Northern Italy was our base for a few days touring around the region. Beautiful lakes and mountain scenes are abundant.

Note the church in the centre of the image!

Views from the balcony outside our room at Hotel Adige, Trento

 

Lake Garda

Mountains above Limone Sul Garda on the shores of Lake Garda

Street Plates, via Monsignor Daniele Comboni, Limone Sul Garda

Waterfront, Limone Sul Garda

Bell Tower, Chiesa di San Benedetto, via Monsignor Daniele Comboni

At the Marina

Tour Boats on the Lake Garda

Swan on the Lake

Lakeside Cliffs

Ferry Docks, Malcesine

Lake Garda, Malcesine

via Don Turazza, Malcesine

Ristorante La Cambusa, Via Parrocchia

Old Section in Wall, via Parrocchia, Malcesine, Italy

Old Section in Wall, via Parrocchia

Vicolo (alley), Via Capitanato

Arcade, Piazza Guglielmo Marconi

Parasailer over the City

Porto Malcesine

Lake & Mountains

Comune di Malcesine, Piazza Statuto

Sculpture, via Lunglago

Ferry Dock

Malcesine

13th Century Castello Scaligero, Malcesine

Piazzale Gerardi, Limone Sul Garda

Lamps

Torbole

The Bastione (15th Century), Riva del Garda

Sailboarder on the Lake

Riva del Garda

Hydroelectric Building, Riva del Garda

Channel Pylons [See here also]

Road Tunnel, via Lungolago Conca d’Oro, Torbole

Mountains, Western Shore, Lake Garda

Lakeside Road, Lake Garda, Torbole

Limonaia (Lemon Garden)

Lakeside Villas

Road Bridge, Via IV Novembre, Limone Sul Garda

Hotel all’Azzurro, Piazzale Gerardi, Limone Sul Garda

Dockside, Limone Sul Garda

Water Fountain & Street Lamp, Piazza Garibaldi, Limone Sul Garda

Piazza Garibaldi

MPV G Zanardelli, Lake Garda

The old paddle steamer has quite a history.

Entered service : 1903
Used as a troops and supplies carrier in World War I
Damaged in an air attack in 1944 whilst on passenger service approaching Limone with the captain, the helmsman and several passengers were killed and many more injured
Returned to service after the war ended under American control, painted with scened from US life
Withdrawn again in 1959
Back in service in 1969 with enclosed upper deck and a wheekhouse
Ran aground in October 1977 near Moderno, sustaining severe damage to the hull
Returned to service in 1983 with a diesel unit in place of her steam engines as an economy measure
After many years of infrequent and irregular service, Zanardelli now sees considerable use in the upper lake during the summer timetable period

Laneways

Steps from via Monsignor Daniele Comboni, Limone Sul Garda

Peschiera del Garda, a wonderful town at the southern tip of the magnificent Largo di Garda  (Lake Garda)

Monumento ai Caduti di Tutte le Guerre (Monument to the Fallen of all Wars), Piazza Maestro Giulio Battistoni

Peschiera del Garda

Channel & Marina

Canalside Park

Via Roma

Porto battelli Pescheira

Channel

Swan, Porto battelli Pescheira

Empty Coffee Cups, Caffè Bell Arrivo

Via del Giglio

Via del Presto di San Martino, 11

Via della Spada, 3

Via delle Belle Donne, 3

Window Dressing, Orfanotrofio del Bigallo, Piazza di San Giovanni

Basilica di Santa Maria Novella, Piazza di Santa Maria Novella

Basilica di Santa Trinita, Piazza di Santa Trinita

Basilica di Santo Spirito, Piazza Santo Spirito

Biblioteca Popolare Pietro Thovar, via Mazzetta, 10

Borgo San Jacopo, 72

Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, Piazza del Duomo

Chiesa di San Felice, Piazza San Felice, (c.1700)

Door Knocker, Via Mazzetta, 6

Home of Fedor Mihailovic Dostoevskij (1868-1869), Piazza dei Pitti, 22

Hotel Aldobrandini, Piazza di Madonna degli Aldobrandini

Hotel Astoria, Via del Giglio

Palazzo Bartolini Salimbeni, Piazza di Santa Trinita, 1

Palazzo Corsi Circolo, Via Tornabuoni, 7

Palazzo Dufour Berte, gia Guadagni (c.1502), Piazza Santo Spirito

Piazza del Duomo, 3

Piazza di Madonna degli Aldobrandini, 4

Piazza San Felice, 1

Via degli Agli

Via degli Strozzi, 2

Via dei Banchi, 6

Via del Giglio, 1

Via del Giglio, 4

Monumento a Giovanni delle Bande Nere, Piazza San Lorenzo

Parrocchie Caritas Parrocchiale, Piazza San Lorenzo

Carved Head, Via dei Pecori

“Vino”, Ristorante Buca Lapi, Via del Trebbio

“Vendita di Vino” (Wine Sales), Via del Giglio

Street Shrine, Via del Trebbio

Basilica di Santa Maria Novella, Piazza di Santa Maria Novella

House of Gaetano Baccani (1792-1867 – Architect), Piazza di Santa Maria Novella

Piazza di Santa Maria Novella

Obelisk, Piazza di Santa Maria Novella

Sunset viewed from Hotel Astoria Rooftop Bar

Garage Giglio, Via del Giglio

Arcade, Via del Giglio, 6

Shrine, Cnr Via del Sole & Via delle Belle Donne

Via degli Strozzi

Ponte Vecchio, River Arno

Ponte alla Carraia, River Arno

Ponte Alle Grazie, River Arno

Ponte Santa Trinita, River Arno

Via Toscanella

Torre dei Belfredeli sec XII, Borgo San Jacopo

Looking Up, Borgo San Jacopo

Monumento a Benvenuto Cellini, Ponte Vecchio

“Autumn” by Giovanni Caccini, Ponte Santa Trinita

Borgo San Jacopo

Hotel La Scaletta Firenze, Via de’ Guicciardini

Palazzo Pitti, Piazza dei Pitti

Plinth, Piazza San Felice

“The Mother of Armenia” Memorial, Piazza San Felice

Via Mazzetta

Stone Steating, Via Mazzetta

Cosimo Ridolfi (1794-1865), Piazza Santo Spirito

Fountain, Piazza Santo Spirito

Piazza Santo Spirito

Ponte Santa Trinita, River Arno

Via dei Girolami

Piazzale degli Uffizi

Lungarno Anna Maria Luisa de’Medici

Street Artist, Piazza della Signoria

Sculpture, Piazza della Signoria

Statua equestre di Cosimo, Piazza della Signoria

Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele, Via Orsanmichele

Via degli Speziali, Florence

Triumphal Arch, Piazza della Repubblica

Bronze Map of Florence, Piazza della Repubblica

Below The Arch of Triumph, Piazza della Repubblica

Chiesa di Santa Maria Maggiore, Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore

Florence was a centre of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of that era. It is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called “the Athens of the Middle Ages”. A turbulent political history includes periods of rule by the powerful Medici family and numerous religious and republican revolutions. From 1865 to 1871 the city was the capital of the recently established Kingdom of Italy.

Cappelle Medici, Piazza di Madonna degli Aldobrandini (Medici Private Chapel)

Cardinal Giulio de ‘Medic I, future Pope Clement VII, who wanted to erect a mausoleum to give worthy burial to some members of his family. The structure was completed in 1524.

Street Lamp, Piazza di Madonna degli Aldobrandini

Street Lamp, Via degli Strozzi

Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore & Campanile di Giotto, Piazza del Duomo

(Il Duomo and the Bell Tower)

Il Duomo Railing Stanchion, Piazza del Duomo

Street Performers, Piazza del Duomo

Window View During Il Duomo Climb

Inside the Dome Stairway, Cupola del Brunelleschi, Il Duomo

Final Stairs to the Top Inside the Cupola, Cupola del Brunelleschi, Il Duomo

View from the Top, Cupola del Brunelleschi, Il Duomo

The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (in English “Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower”) is the main church of Florence, Italy. Il Duomo di Firenze, as it is ordinarily called, was begun in 1296 in the Gothic style and completed structurally in 1436. The exterior of the basilica is faced with polychrome marble panels in various shades of green and pink bordered by white. The balcony was added between 1507 & 1515.

There are 463 steps that allow a climb to the top and views from the balcony. The steps also open out inside to an interior walkway just below the dome allowing close up viewing of the frescoes painted between 1572-1579.

The stairway is very narrow and arduous and is so popular that reservation times MUST be made.

Horse Drawn Tourist Carriage, Piazza del Duomo

Views of Il Duomo and Florence from the Hotel Astoria Rooftop Bar. (our accommodation)

Park Where You Like (common everywhere we travelled in Italy)

Street Lamp, Via delle Belle Donne

Letterbox

La Madia“, Via del Giglio

Piazza di Madonna degli Aldobrandini (Medici Chapel)

Old Torch Holder, Palazzo Strozzi, via degli Strozzi

Wall Hooks, Palazzo Spini Feroni, Piazza Santa Trinita

Face in the Wall, Via del Presto di San Martino

Horse Drawn Tourist Carriage, Piazza del’Olio

Gate in the Wall

Porto San Jacopo (Gate)

Viale Roma

Via Stefano

Via San Martino

Via San Giovanni

Via Palestro

Via di Querecchio

Via Degli Innocenti

Torre del Diavolo

Torre dei Becci

Via San Matteo

Via Delle Romite

Street Lamp, Via San Matteo

Panorama from Via Della Rocca

City Wall from Via Della Rocca

Sculpture, San Gimignano Wine Experience, Via Della Rocca

Resti Chiesa San Francesco, Via San Giovanni

Restaurant, Via dei Marsili

Relais Santa Chiara Hotel, Via Giacomo Matteotti

Porto San Giovanni (Gate)

Police Station Yard, Via San Stefano

Passageway, Via XX Settembre

Park Where You Like

Olive Trees, Via Della Rocca

San Gimignano’s Medieval Towers

Laneway off Via San Matteo

Doorway, Via Folgore da San Giminiano

Doorway with Latin Inscription, Via Folgore da San Giminiano

Views from Rocca di Montestaffoli

City Gate, Via Dei Fossi

“Bricked In”, Via San Matteo

Bastione San Francesca, Via Roma

Art in Wall Niche, Via Folgore da San Giminiano

Window on Via San Matteo

Sports Ground outside the Walls

Duomo di San Gimignano Bell Tower, Piazza Delle Erbe

Caffè delle Erbe, Piazza Delle Erbe

Piazza Delle Erbe

Piazza Delle Erbe, 6

Medieval Towers, Piazza Delle Erbe

Piazza Del Duomo

Doorway to Torre Grossa, Piazza Del Duomo

Archways at Vernaccia di San Gimignano Wine Experience, Via Della Rocca

War Memorial, Piazzale Martiri di Montemaggio

San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town in the province of Siena, Tuscany. It is known as the Town of Fine Towers and is famous for its medieval architecture, unique in the preservation of about a dozen of its towers.

View from Via Giacomo Matteotti on the edge of town

L’Albero delle Cannenelle“, Piazzale Martiri di Montemaggio

War Memorial, Piazzale Martiri di Montemaggio

City Walls & Gate

Porta San Giovanni (St John’s Gate) – Entry to the town.

Street View, Via San Giovanni

Steps to the Museum of Torture, Via San Giovanni

Souvenir Outlet, via San Giovanni