Risky Business in Malcesine

Today, our final full day at Lake Garda, so we made an excursion to the pretty little town of Malcesine. It’s about 3/4 of the way up the Lake, headed North. The Northern end of the lake used to be owned by Austria until the end of the First World War when suddenly, it wasn’t any more. Moral of the story: Don’t lose. I’m always fascinated by the border area of European countries. The language, culture, food and architecture always get blurred between the two and are more interesting for it.

The other reason to visit Malcesine is that it is from there you can take the cable car to the top of Monte Baldo which at 2,200metres is the highest point around the lake. The upper station is at the snow line and the views are pretty special. We had an evening thunderstorm yesterday so the air was clear and we could see for 30 miles.

Regular readers of this blog will know that Cable Cars are totally not my thing. I regard them with the same enthusiasm as a bull spying the matador for the first time in the bullring. It’s probably going to be more fun for everyone else than for me. On this occasion, some of my clients needed a bit of help so I gritted my teeth and faced my demons in the doom wagon. I took a selfie as evidence of this extreme devotion to the role of Tour Manager. Suspended in a box… from a piece of Italian string… over a chasm… in a breeze… what could possibly go wrong?

We made our way back to Sirmione on the Ferry. On the way we passed by this covered roadway on the lakeside near the town of Limone.

This is where the opening car chase sequence for the James Bond movie “Quantum of Solace” was filmed. Enjoy…

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