Moving on from Krk island in Croatia (see the blog here) we headed back to northern Italy. We’d enjoyed our time on a couple of Italian lakes, particularly Iseo which was quite small, and we’d seen a write up on another small Italian lake, Lago di Caldonazzo. It lies a little north and east of Lake Garda and it quite close to Trento. It is on the edge of the Dolomites.
The lake has quite a few campsites on the southern end however we were very pleased indeed with the one we stayed at. While it was quite compact however there was a very friendly atmosphere there. Two small towns were close by however both were large enough to have a weekly market and both had small supermarkets that were perfectly adequate for our needs.
Staying there entitled us to a tourist pass which allowed us free travel on public transport. We intended to go in to Trento one day on the train. Sadly the line was under going repairs and was closed however there was a bus service and we took that. Not that speedy it has to be said but Trento was pleasant enough.
We’d planned to run back through Switzerland as we had our vignette for the autoroutes. However the weather there looked less than good. Equally from our spot in northern Italy attempts to find anything like a good route back through Switzerland on the satnav were frustrated by the Alps. Looking more at the map we realised that a short distance north of Trento on autoroute would take us into Austria near Innsbruck so we decided to do that. In Austria you also need a vignette on autoroutes so we bought than on the autoroute in Italy and had a short but scenic run into yet another country.
The campsite we chose was just a little way outside Innsbruck but once again free public transport was available. The old part of Innsbruck – quite small – is lovely. We spent a couple of days wandering around the old shops and cafes there. There is also a very good food market between the old town and the river where we found some very tasty food. After a short but enjoyable stay near Innsbruck we planned to head west through Austria back to Switzerland. However plans changed and that will be the subject of the next blog soon.