Lake Garda offers a wide range of experiences for visitors, and they're all wonderful, from nature trails to beaches for sunbathing, from villages discovered on foot to farms where you can sample local products, from Italy's top theme parks to places packed with culture and history. A holiday on Lake Garda, then, means having a menu of experiences within reach, to choose from as you wish.
This is what happened with the Blank family from Germany and the Simaitis family from Lithuania, who during their stay at the Boffenigo asked Vanessa about exploring the Eremo di San Giorgio, one of the lake's oldest and most-visited religious sites. How was their experience with the B-Family's Customer Experience Manager?
Here's an account of their day:
The route from Boffenigo to the Eremo
"We left at 10:30 from the Boffenigo hill", says Vanessa; "then turned onto the Vineyards path to Località Monvei. Then we walked through the olive groves and followed woodland paths signposted for the Eremo. We reached the long avenue of cypresses and the perimeter wall of the monastery, where we enjoyed wonderful views over the Bardolino bay and Monte Baldo, still with a little snow on top."
“When we arrived at the Eremo, we visited the shop, which sells excellent local products, and from there we decided to go up to the balcony, where we took in the views in respectful silence. An incredibly beautiful landscape was laid out before us: the lake, the mountains and the inlets of the town of Garda. Before heading back, we took a look at the church, then left by the great wooden door and set off along the little valley that runs below Hotel Boffenigo".
Exploring Eremo di San Giorgio
The Hermitage of San Giorgio was founded in 1663 by Camaldolese Benedictine monks, and it stands in the hinterland of Lake Garda a few kilometres from Bardolino. Building work continued throughout the 16th century and was completed with the construction of the church in 1704. Following the suppression by Napoleon in 1810, the monastery was abandoned, and the complex was inhabited by farmers until 1885, when it once again became a Camaldolese community. Today a dozen monks live there, and it hosts seminarists on spiritual retreat.
A visit to the Eremo is a spiritual experience and more and should respect the community that lives there. It's a place of peace, reflection and silence for those seeking a corner of paradise far from the busy life of the city. A small oasis surrounded by ancient olive trees and cypresses, with fabulous views of Lake Garda.
Holy Mass and religious services are held at the Hermitage, but it's also possible to visit it simply to find a little healthy peace and quiet. The monks are extremely hospitable and always welcome visitors with a smile, believers or otherwise.
The details of the excursion:
Total duration: 2 and a half hours.
Maximum altitude: 295 metres.
Type of terrain: path, suitable for all.
Clothing: comfortable walking gear.
Technical equipment: not necessary.