The village of Limone on the north-western shore of Lake Garda with narrow cobbled streets, lakeside cafes and tavernas, two tiny picturesque harbours and enclosed by thick forests, sheer cliffs and canyons, is the perfect destination to experience ‘the sweet life’ of Italy.

The mountainous inland area is ideal for hiking, mountain biking as well as trekking and a dense network of trails and paths, mostly dating back to World War I, links Limone with other resorts. There are easy itineraries and others with more difficult ascents and thrilling descents, which is no surprise, seeing that Italy’s toughest mountain bike race, “Bike Extreme”, was born here and attracts thousands of fans each year.

Lake Garda has an exceptional, unique climate mainly due to its position between the foothills of the Alps and the Po Plains. In summer, the two main lake winds – the Pelér in the morning and the afternoon Òra – ensure an almost continuous breeze ideal for sailing, windsurfing and kite surfing.

Thanks to their healthy Mediterranean diet which is rich in lake fish, local olive oil and citrus fruits and the favourable and unique climate, the people there have a very long life expectancy. But that’s not all! Several of its citizens carry the “longevity protein” Apolypoprotein A-1 Milan which protects against arteriosclerosis and heart attack.

So, why not visit Lake Garda yourself and experience ‘la dolce vita’ for yourself?

Crystal Summer has launched, in addition to the traditional 7, 10, 11 and 14 night holidays,  short break holidays to Limone, Malcesine and Garda on Lake Garda in Italy with flights from Gatwick, Manchester or Birmingham.

Prices start from £189 per person for 3 nights’ half board at the three-star Hotel Imperial in Garda departing on 4th May 2011 from Gatwick including airport transfers.

Other hotels available for short breaks on Lake Garda are:

Hotel Le Palme in Limone (4* with half board) from £225 pp

Hotel Panorama in Limone (4* with half board) from £225 pp

Hotel Splendid Palace in Limone (4* with half board) from £265 pp

Hotel Vega in Malcesine (3.5* with half board) from £249 pp

Reservations: 0871 230 8181

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