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Review 3745: Cervano, Apartment


Review by edgarharry from Australia

apartment and B&B in estate above Lake Garda, Lombardy


August 2008, 1 week


I read the SlowTrav reviews by Elena, cc and travelbug and they couldn't have captured this wonderful property any better. My husband truly loved this property and wrote this missive to our friends.

"Dionne Warwick summed it up well in the Burt Bacharach song “A House Is Not A Home” when she effectively made the case, for me anyway, that without people who care, even the most splendid residence is just a building. I thought of that sentiment as I was talking with my wife Dorothy today about our time here at Cervano’s on the shore (broad definition) of Lago Di Garda.

The property is perched some few hundred metres above the lake and with an Easterly oversight, bedroom windows catching both the early morning pink dawn light and providing a wide vista of the lakes twinkling lights as evening draws in. All of the windows on one side of our apartment have elevated views over the lake while the ones on the other side take in broad green views of the local countryside and one of the less well recognised mountains sweeping majestically upwards towards its rocky peak. The topography provides for lake zephyrs in the morning and breezes from the mountain in the evening.

The owners Gino & Anna run what is euphemistically titled an agritourismo establishment, in their case featuring olives, which they onward sell to make extra virgin olive oil and grapes which they press themselves and lovingly turn into wine for both domestic and guest consumption. Also featured on the property are a number of elderly, and at this point in the season, heavily laden fig trees that I have been asked to help lighten. Being a dutiful guest, I have introduced my wife to the delights of Figs & Gorgonzola yet I fear that the sheer number of figs we are being urged to pick each and every day is in excess of even our most voracious appetites.

Our continuing welcome could not have been more accommodating with a bottle of crisp, cold wine from the region turning up at our door mid way through the first evening, a bottle of Cervano wine last evening after I had commented about our “wine habit” and early this morning a basket of fresh bread, pastries and egg-yellow cream filled croissants still warm from the bakery. I am surprised not that so much of a welcoming nature is done, but that it is accomplished without any provocation or request, and with such good grace as to exemplify genuine hospitality, leaving us with a feeling that we have been blessed in this particular accommodation choice."

I would add that Gino was a perfect guide to Italian eateries that were not on the prime tourist trail. Insider knowledge truly helps. We dined one evening at Ristorante Vicovetere, which is hidden away in Villavetro. An excellent meal in the cool of the evening. Gino and Anna also recommended La Campagnola in Salo. So after a tour of the Saturday markets in Salo, we stopped for lunch in the garden setting. Both experiences were a delight.

Emphatically yes, we would recommend this apartment. We've already sent out notes to our friends.

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