To paraphrase the late actor Steve McQueen, Holidays are everything, the rest is waiting. So it was with some gnashing of Swampey’s considerable teeth, that we found out our paid for hotel was double booked, and that instead of being in a central location with a lake view and easy access to the delights of Limone sul Garda, we were being relegated to the fringes of Limone. If perchance you are a footballer you will know the pain of relegation. A 20 minute undulating walk in the searing heat is followed by a life sapping 90 steps uphill to reach the Villa Dirce. Life has these little slings and arrows dear friends in case you didn't notice. If you have had the foresight to acquire your favourite bevvies in town, then you will greatly appreciate sitting on your balcony with splendid views of the lake knowing that all is well with life. You've done your days exercise and you can eat and drink with impunity. There is a hotel bar selling jugs of perfectly drinkable vino if you lack our foresight, or just plain run dry. Breakfast is perfectly acceptable, but don’t expect the Ritz. Bag a table on the outdoor bit, if alfresco is your thing, where your stomach and soul will be nourished. Dinner is four courses. There is fish, meat and pasta etc. They even cater to vegetarians I'm reliably told, though why they should have this on their conscience I don’t know. If perchance you require a pizza, it is Italy after all, or just some place to save your life in the blistering heat, An Aperol for my kingdom, there is the beer garden Augusta. It is half way between Limone center and Villa Dirce on the path. Lastly, what made up for the slightly out of town location, were the delightful, helpful and smiling staff. Nothing is too much trouble, and yes we did cause them trouble. Remember dear readers, to tip such excellent service, even if no one tips you in your work place. These people deserve a holiday too. St Christopher will smile kindly on you!
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- Also Known As:
- Dirce Hotel Limone Sul Garda
- Hotel Villa Dirce Limone Sul Garda, Lake Garda, Italy