Lake Garda - Tignale
From the moment it opened La Dolce Vita Relais had a real 'wow' factor, especially with the stunning views onto the lake from every part of the residence.! This residence adds a new dimension to apartment accommodation in Tignale and is the latest venture for Fulvia, Renato and family already well known for Hotel Gallo and S. Pietro Apartments. The first 8 beautifully furnished apartments are open, all with 2 bedrooms and divided into type 'Alberica' with 1 bathroom and twin washbasins and 'Suite Altea' with 2 bathrooms, one of them ensuite to the main bedroom. This smart new residence is in the same part of Tignale as Hotel ZanZanu and all the apartments have wifi throughout, well equipped kitchens including microwave, oven and dish washer, air conditioning and large furnished balconies and full lake view. On site initially there is an outdoor pool and private parking facility. Bed linen and towels, with a change of towels and tidy round every 3 days and all utilities (except air con) are included in the weekly price. There is a daily delivery service of fresh bread/croissants, milk etc which can be prebooked and paid at the residence. In low season arrivals and departures can be any day of the week but July, August and part of September where possible weekend arrivals are preferred.
The final 6 apartments are now under construction and will be finished for 2019 bringing the total of apartments to 14.
Tignale village, made up of several hamlets, is not lakeside but on a high plateau and from La Dolce Vita Relais the views are stunning - across the lake to Monte Baldo and to the south as far as Sirmione and on a fine day even the Appenine mountains.
Although the accommodation is self catering, it is still my belief that everyone coeliac or non, should be able to eat out while on holiday. To this end Tignale is fast becoming a coeliac haven! The central 'village' is just 1km away and offers plenty of bars, shops and characteristic restaurants all serving gluten free options; Al Torchio restaurant and pizzeria, where you can enjoy gluten free real Italian pizzas and beer, in the main square is Apollo restaurant, nearby is the Portichetto bar where you will find a good selection of gf ice creams and for a special night out La Miniera restaurant is able to cater for both coeliacs and those who are lactose intollerant.
Throughout the summer for the more energetic there are guided walks through the hills and woods in the 'High Garda Park' or to one of the other villages that make up the community of Tignale, a chance to learn and enjoy Nordic Walking or hire a mountain bike and enjoy riding along the many trails. In the hamlet of Prabione is the 'Flying Frogs' Adventure Park which has proved to be a real favourite with children and adults alike! In the evenings local dances, discos and events are often organised in the village square.
But don't think you are isolated from the lake just 6km away! For those who enjoy swimming in the lake, from early June to the end of September there is a shuttle bus that goes four times a day (more frequent still in July and August) to the Porto di Tignale beach area with snack bar and availability of sun umbrellas and loungers.
For the first time in 2016, several excursions departing from Tignale were available making it easier to access the lake for anyone who wants to stay in the village but doesn't want to hire a car. A weekly bus trip from Tignale to Limone allowing time to take a boat to Malcesine and the cable car to the top of Monte Baldo, a half day bus/boat trip to Isola del Garda, coach excursions to Venice and Verona, and a full day lake tour by boat with transport to and from Limone from where the boat departs. You can also use the daily minibus, early enough to get you to the nearest lakeside village in time to take the public boat service from one lake side village to another and return to Tignale late afternoon on the service bus. Be sure to visit Limone, Malcesine, Riva, Garda and Sirmione, the most popular places, but save time to take the ferry to Torri del Benaco for the Monday market or Salò with its elegant shops and lake side walk.
In the residence:
8 apartments - reception - outdoor swimming pool - private car park - daily delivery of fresh bread/croissants, milk (to be ordered in advance)
In the apartments:
2 bedroom apartments - 2 double/twin rooms - third bed possible in one of the rooms - living area with a sofa (single sleeping place) - TV sat - wifi throughout - furnished balcony with fantastic full lake views - bed linen - air conditioning (charged according to use)
Well equipped kitchen, 4 gas rings, coffee machine, toaster, kettle, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer
Bathrooms with shower/wc, bidet and either 1 or twin washbasins - courtesy kit - towels etc
Tignale village to Venice, Verona – Flying Frogs Adventure Park – shuttle bus to beach at Tignale Porto – guided walks - bars and shops – bank – chemist – evening entertainment during summer months – electric bike rental – local excursions to Limone, bus/boat to Malcesine or Lake tour plus coach to Verona and Venice - local restaurants including Al Torchio restaurant/pizzeria and La Miniera serving gluten free meals -
Lake Garda: excursion boats – windsurf – sailing – Gardaland fun park – bars- shops- restaurants
How to arrive
Airports: Verona 85km Milan/Bergamo 110kms. (Flights from UK and Ireland with Ryanair, Easyjet, Jet2, Monarch, Flybe, British Airways, Aerlingus)
From Verona airport turn left travelling round perimeter of airfield. Continue for several kms, At first roundabout bear right and next one straight over and join the motorway in direction MILANO. Exit at Desenzano, immediately left at roundabout towards the lake. Filter left into main road over flyover. At second roundabout bear left towards Salò and travel up lakeside to Salò. (Then as below**).
From Bergamo turn right out of airport/car hire depot, filter left into main road and then follow green m’way signs onto A4 direction Venice: exit at Brescia Est. Take road to Salò (Brescia & Trento).
**Pass Salò, going north towards Riva. After Gargnano and the two tunnels turn left up the hill to Tignale. Approx 6 kms pass hamlet of Oldesio and residence on right hand side off main road (same entrance to Park Hotel ZanZanu)
Taxi transfers are available from the airports and Desenzano station.
Suitable for coeliac: Yes
Check In: Saturday, Sunday 16.00
Check Out: Saturday, Sunday 10.00
Prices are per week per apartment self catering. Preferred number of guests 4/5. Maximum per apartment 6 pax.
PRICES 2018. Apartment Alberica / Suite Altea 2 bedroom apartments:
April, October €450,00 / €550,00
End April to 05 May €550,00 / €650,00
Easter, Part May, second part Sept €850,00 / €1000,00
Part May to 06 July, first half Sept, €1.150,00 / €1.250,00
July, August €1.200,00 / €1.350,00
End of stay cleaning charge: €uro 60,00.
Tourist tax applicable. Air conditioning charged according to use
All prices are in €uro. Right now €uro 1 is equivalent to approx £0.88. If there is any significant change within the next few months a new sterling guide will be added.