Wandering through romantic places around Lake Garda with the Gran Premio Nuvolari
Two of the various Fiat 508 C sedans that took part in the GP Nuvolari, quietly parked under fitting buildings. All photos by the author.
After that very charming Desenzano Sunday, spent together with a sizable number of really ancient jewels which offered a first grade lesson about the dawn of automobile’ era, I wanted to have a look also at a famous historical cars race which took place a pair of weeks later.
The race in question was the Gran Premio Nuvolari, one of the most renowned challenges of its kind in Italy.
It is easy to label it as the September Mille Miglia: similar roads, similar lengthy stages, similar spectacular scenarios. And, last but not least, a fabulous setting for start and finish: only, this time wasn’t Brescia, but Mantua, a pearl of a city which, thanks to marvelous Renaissance buildings built in past centuries mainly by the glorious Gonzaga dynasty, can arguably be considered as an ideal townscape for a prestigious classic cars adventure.
This alone explains why the Gran Premio is a theme of interests, even if it weren’t linked with the Garda surrounding territory, like promised by the title: after all, it is so important a competition that it easily deserves a story of its own.
However, if a classic cars enthusiast would decide to be present at events up and down the Garda Lake in September, there are reasons enough why Gran Premio Nuvolari must be in his or her list. In fact, I think that there are precise motives why it can be linked with the largest Italy’ lake, so much so that the initial title above this writing works fine for me.
Those reasons are of geographical nature to begin with.
I think that they exhaustively explain why this lovely competition’ focal point can be considered as a part of the Garda Lake’ neighborhood territories:
- First, Mantua is conveniently placed only half a hour of autostrada from the southernmost shores of the largest lake in Italy; whoever uses Garda Lake as focal point for touring trips must reserve only a portion of scheduled timetable to reach this city.
- Second, the city lies on the banks of Mincio river, which is no less than Garda’ own emissary. So, suppose you could take a boat in Desenzano and descend through Mincio: the first big city you could encounter would be the Gonzaga’s gem.
So, both logistics and geography justify a direct and precise link between Mantua and the Garda Lake.
Going to Mantua on the road, just like I did, would make clear that the hills which surround the southern shores of the lake descend gradually just before reaching Mantua itself, so much so that the city gives the impression of being firmly placed well within the Po Plain. But those modest vineyards-covered reliefs are also a sizable portion of northern Mantua province, and a bit of its charm derives from those lovely hilly countries. Anyway, Mincio river is arguably the main star of this province.
Before reaching the Gonzaga’ town, the river expands so to form three well known lakes just outside of northern Mantua monumental downtown, giving an even more fascinating aura to this competition. By the way, a great part of the same Gran Premio ran through provinces and regions quite distant from its starting and finishing point. This geographical variety would be plenty enough to explain the reasons why there are so many similarities between the Red Arrow race and the Nuvolari’s best memorial ever.
In any case, a further reason to positively compare Gran Premio Nuvolari with the Red Arrow race is the fact that, just like the original Mille Miglia, also this race offers plenty of occasion to stare in contemplation of things which are impossible to see during normal days of the year…
Thus, both races seem more like a rolling Concours D’Elegance, living through majestic Italian panoramas, rather than a pure sportsmen’ showdown.
But what is really important is the fact, as we will see, that there is a precise historical link between Mantua and Brescia, between the Gran Premio and the Mille Miglia, which justifies why there is so tight a relationship between them. So much so that they are inextricably associated each other.
Now, let’s go directly to a description of what I saw during that mid-September Sunday afternoon, with a short explanation about its significance: what I wish to offer is a sort of photographic safari, which may make clear why also this Mille Miglia under another name was and is so fascinating.
From A(lfas) To Z(agatos): The Gran Premio Nuvolari In Mantua
Just like Brescia, also Mantua has an important place in the automobile racing history. This was mostly due to one of his most illustrious citizen ever, the indomitable Tazio Nuvolari, also known in his heydays as Nivola: an unrivalled pilot who is still remembered as one of the best ever, able to win with bikes or cars, in solo races or with co-equipier of sort, on open roads or on a closed track, with steering wheel or without it, with lights switched on or off…In sum, he really incarnated (and incarnates) the legend of the romantic hero, unparalleled for cleverness, talent, boldness and wisdom racing tactical choices. And it is a natural that after his death, in August 1953, organizers of one of the greatest road races in the world – the Mille Miglia -decided to pay homage to this modern times’ hero with a competition which, emblematically, was christened Gran Premio Nuvolari.
In reality, the Gran Premio was the name given to the final Mille Miglia stretch, which started in Cremona, crossed through Nivola’ home town of Mantua and finished in Brescia. One really fast trip alongside some of the most bucolic European backgrounds, full of agricultural treasures, and very straight roads. And the deviation toward Mantua was a definitive and sensible homage to Nivola. This path’ 82 miles were a superb stage for some really epic driving – and a very sad accident, which contributed to abruptly end The Most Beautiful Race In The World.
In its inaugural edition, during the 1954 Mille Miglia (the first after Tazio’s death), the Gran Premio Nuvolari was conquered by Alberto “Ciccio” Ascari, driving the mystical Lancia D24. He was also overall winner of that MM edition, and while he averaged almost 88 mph on the whole race course, in the specific Gran Premio Nuvolari’ portion he was able to glue his gas pedal to metal (ironically, during race’ early hours, defective accelerator pedal’ springing troubled Ascari’s sparkling performance), so much so that his average there resulted in an astounding 112 mph ! A really fast country trip indeed…Not too much behind him, Vittorio Marzotto driving a Ferrari 500 MM, and Luigi Musso, aboard a Maserati A6GCS/53.
Next year, 1955, was the year of Moss and Jenkinson and their legendary – and direct – gallop in the legend, what with the fastest average speed ever recorded for the race, aboard the “722” 300 SLR. Needless to say, Moss and Jenks also won the Gran Premio, with an average speed of almost 124 mph, and a total timing of just 39’54’’. Fangio came second in another SLR, and Umberto Maglioli together with co-equipier L. Monteferraio was third, driving a Ferrari 118 LM Scaglietti.
In 1956, Eugenio Castellotti triumphed both in the MM as a whole and in the fast stretch dedicated to the Flying Mantuan: making good use of a Ferrari 290 MM, he averaged 86 mph for the whole race and a respectable 105 mph for the Gran Premio’ portion, even more impressive because it was obtained under prohibitive wet weather. Second and third, respectively, Seidel-Glockler aboard a Merc 300 SL coupé and Olivier Gendebien, accompanied by P. Wascher, aboard a Ferrari 250 GT berlinetta. Notice that unlike past editions, ’56 GP Nuvolari saw how closed cars could have significant advantages under heavy rain while speeding up on straights in the calm but wet Lombardy country.
Sadly, as we know, these very same roads were as fast and straight as they were narrow and dangerous, and in 1957 the De Portago’s tragedy practically caused the abrupt end of the Red Arrow race. De Portago crashed just outside Guidizzolo, not too far away from Mantua, and at full speed, while trying to conquer the race as a whole, comprehensive also of the Gran Premio Nuvolari trophy. Naturally, as soon as news about this bloody automobile racing moment became to leak, it became also clear that it cast a dark shadow over every other single aspect of the race, including the Piero Taruffi’s win, which finally came after a slew of failed previous attempts. Taruffi, already 51 years old, drove a Ferrari 315 S, a 230 cubes 12 cylinder monster of a machine with 360 horses on tap. De Portago used an even larger 335S.
Taruffi won the MM, but for the first time, the Gran Premio Nuvolari was conquered by a pilot who wasn’t the overall Mille Miglia winner too. In this case, Belgian ace Olivier Gendebien again accompanied by faithful Wascher, and again driving a 250 GT berlinetta, obtained the lowest timing between Cremona, Mantua and Brescia, with just 39’43’’. His average speed was a fantastic 124 mph, a hair better than Moss’s fantastic ’55 cavalcade and thus highest ever for the Gran Premio! After him, Von Trips (with another 315S) and the same Taruffi.
So, the proverbial “going out with a bang” catchphrase can seem really appropriate to describe the brief but intense life of a splendid homage to Tazio’s legacy. Sadly, that tragic De Portago’s accident, happened just during the intense match staged on the Gran Premio’ roads, also produced as a major drawback the end of the Mille Miglia in its own. In any case, it was really an incredible event, with celebrating and joyous crowds waiting for their favorites’ firecrackers show.
In more recent years, starting in 1991 thanks to the efforts of Mantova Corse’ organization, this legendary race has been resurrected in a regularity format and reserved for classic cars which, like the MM, for the most belong to the legendary side of the automobile world. It’s patronized by Italian Automobile Club’ classic car branch and FIVA, thus assuring a parterre of formidable cars, with some of the most renowned regularity competitions’ drivers.
Unlike original race, nowadays’ Gran Premio is a per-se contest which is three days long and is spread across a vast territory, reaching fairly distant locales from Mantua – Siena, Arezzo, Urbino, Rimini, Cesena, Ferrara and most of the Romagna region. In any case, focal point of the show is still the ancient Gonzagas’ capital city, and some of the most palatial Italian Renaissance buildings and squares are the perfect background for some of the most impressive cars ever. Really those cars deserve that kind of facades as set, and really those monuments deserve so prestigious autos parked below their windows and terraces.
So, what kind of cars the Gran Premio Nuvolari of 21st Century has to offer to aficionados and onlookers ?
To begin with, many of them belong to the old-renowned Italian sportscars’ society, so full of wheeled myths and captivating shapes. But, unlike MM, there are also more recent cars to be spotted, equally interesting and equally tantalizing. In addition, I also spot some unexpected surprises, all the more welcome because they offered an almost incredible contrast with some of other participating cars: if it is almost taken for granted to spot Ferrari barchettas (some of them also seen in Maranello’ 70th Ferrari birthday festivities), what about a Soviet Gaz, aka Volga ? If it is logical to see Alfa 6C 2500s in various format, what about a Packard Twelve in its oversized beauty ? If it is normal that there are Bentley and Alvis’ racers from the Thirties, what about some delicious Millecentos in 103 TV edition, (this year in reciprocal matching colors) ? If it obvious that some Etceterinis are at our eyes’ disposal, what about a giant of a Fiat 520,(yes, another one just like the one observed in Desenzano only two weeks before) example of what large dimensions also Turin’ cars could reach ?
All these and much else were available for free for whoever took a neat Sunday afternoon of his- or her – life to come in Piazza Sordello in Mantua and, below veritable giants of Italian architecture, waited politely for the cars to arrive, parading and finally parking directly in the midts of this square. What a threat for eyes and minds ! And once again, I was fortunate enough that on 17th September sun was high in the sky, giving a really warm and welcome salute, after some days of so-so weather. Naturally, like everybody, I had my personal favorite choices too; and some of them were really intriguing for whatever event one could possibly think, whether this could be a race like this, or an indoor show, or a Concours D’Elegance.
In any case, really this was an event with something for everybody, so vast was the spectrum of cars available there for connoisseurs’ eyes as well as for everyday onlookers, who may know few if any of most of those cars, but surely still appreciate fine art on wheels. And with cars ranging from Twenties racers and tourers to Seventies GTs, there was an even wider array than what offered by the Mille Miglia to study and to appreciate.
The nice profile of a 1936 BMW 319-1.
To begin with, it was possible to see some intriguing prewar models, examples of some of the most prestigious names in European motordom.
Maybe we are now so accustomed to pre war automobiles in Mille Miglia-like events that we are inclined to take for granted their sizable numbers in similar occasions; still, they always are a pleasure for eyes. Alvises, Bentleys, Lagondas, Jaguar, a rare French auto, the BNC, and naturally OMs and some Lancia Lambdas shared with Rileys, BMWs and a pleasant array of Fiat 508s the historic Piazza Sordello’ cobbled paving.
A surprise parked nearby the finish line, a 508 C 1100.
Kudos to organizers and drivers who continue to use them – and also to some spectators, who chose their precious old Fiat 508 C 1100 as a suitable mean of transportation to go in Piazza Sordello to welcome the various teams: after all, nowadays cars born in the Twenties and in the Thirties have something like 80, 90 or 95 years old; instead of a serene retirement, they continue to run, to run, to run…
Another T40, this one driven by renowned Argentinian driver J. Tonconogy.
If you were after Bugattis, lots of Bugatti T40s waited for you, together with some other Molsheim’ factory creations: always keep in mind how rare these cars are. Seeing various examples all together is arguably an exceptional event whenever and wherever it happens, no matter if it is a Concours D’Elegance, an indoor show or some artistic performance on open roads like this one.
’56 1900 C SS, driven by ex rally pilot Miki Biasion.
A good amount of Alfa Romeos was naturally a part of the contest, and this was all the more remarkable because those Alfas were for the most some of the most iconic Milanese firm models, including some immortal 6C variants of various years and design. They are always special autos, even more so if they wear some haute couture clothes, like some of those seen in Mantua. They made a fashion defile out of a race. In any case, it was also possible to admire some of the most epic postwar Alfa Romeos, and in no way the noble nature of this firm is lost when taking a look at things like 1900s, (especially the sportier models, like the coupé bodied in limited numbers by Pinin Farina or like the latest Super Sprint model, what us Italians dubbed as a fuoriserie di serie because of its carrozzeria’ origins). Speaking of coachbuilt models based on the revered 1900, there was also a most special one which deserves its exclusive moment of glory, because of its peculiar line. I felt obliged to separate it from other Alfas, because it was an icon of another mythical Italian Style name, even if it was still at home also between its most common siblings from Milan. Pardon me if I dubbed them “common”: in effect, what was available for Alfa lovers in Mantua was more than enough to stir souls up.
One of the various Alfa GTs, this one a 1969 GT Junior with Giallo Ocra paint.
In fact, if the pack of aforementioned Alfas wasn’t enough, what about a stock 1900 sedan? What about some Giulietta Spiders and Sprints, a Giulia SS, a 2600 Sprint, a Giulia GT? Well, when so splendid mounts are approaching the finish line of a given challenge, it is quite normal to think that such event was a fine one.
Lambda and 508 aside, also other Lancias and Fiats were part of this rolling down the road museum.
Another look at this suave Lancia sedan.
It was therefore possible to see Aprilias, Aurelias in both sedan and B20 format, and Appias (including one really intriguing coachbuilt variant, which has some relationship with the “super special” Alfa 1900 I just spoke about, thus deserving a mention elsewhere). So all of us could remind what the glorious Borgo San Paolo factory was building more than 60 years ago.
The ’72 Fiat Abarth 124 Gruppo 2 for rally competition.
It was also available to the public an armonious selection of other Turinese-born cars, those marketed under the giant arms of Fiat, like 1100s, with one rare Stabilimenti Farina convertible also part of the 2017 Mille Miglia (thus explaining why it looked familiar to me) and a pair of juicy /103 sedans, with matching colors(!), a 2300 Coupé, a pair of 124 Spiders, one of them an Abarth rally model, and finally a Dino Spider which added to the eclecitism of the Gran Premio. No Mille Miglia-like age limitations here.
Basking under the sun, a 1936 Packard Twelve 1407 Coupé .
It was possible to see, quite unexpectedly, that giant and sumptous Packard Twelve, with its impossibly long coupé body which is a far cry from our common concept of a business coupé (business ? what kind of business, apart from diamonds sale and gold colliers promotion ?)
That 1936 Twelve Coupé really was physically imposing, and a sort of motorized monument which was more than a match for surrounding marbled buildings. But let’s not forget what Mantua was all about: in a distant but never forgotten past, it was capital of a splendid duchy, formed and taken to splendor under wise Gonzaga dynasty’ firm hand.
Thus, what better machine as a matching gem for so glorious a city, than that noble Packard ?
It really appeared quite at home there, amongst those monuments, below those arches, with its shining and voluptuous shapes where marbles and terracottas were mirrored with a bit of melancholy…and its Cormorant was proudly silhouetted against the sky, with no regard to the surrounding roars which were a far cry from the murmured tones of the 473 cubes motor lurking only a few inches below it.
An unexpected visitor, a 1961 Gaz 21 Volga.
Anyway, surprises didn’t end with the Twelve. In fact, in Mantua one could see Packard’ elegant Cormorant as well as dynamic and elegant deer-like Gaz mascot – which looks a lot like a familiar impala-like emblem. When was the last time you spotted a Gaz in real life ? This was the first time for me too, for that matter, and seeing that ’52 Ford-meets-’53 Plymouth-meets ’52 Mercury was arguably an unexpected – but most welcome – emotion.
The suave 1929 Chrysler 75.
The Packard wasn’t the only American car to be found in Mantua. A nice Chrysler was there, providing useful hints at how those cars had a relatively distinguished racing career in Europe, where they found themselves competing against some of the most legendary touring cars ever.
Quite naturally, some noteworthy Ferraris were available to discerning eyes: some of them also came back from previous week’ Maranello celebrations. Considering the mere fact that some of the most beautiful and most epic Gran Premio stories were those with the Prancing Horse’ autos as stars, it was logical to see some of these icons, properly celebrating the glorious Nuvolari’s memory.
It is always nice to spot a Ferrari like this ’55 250 GT Europa.
However, unlike 70th birthday party where only fortunate souls could contemplate for more than a few minutes those gems, here there were a late 250 GT Europa, a 250 MM, some 4 cylinder barchettas, a late 365 GT and a SWB available to connoisseurs’ sight just a few inches away, being parked just like a common Fiat Punto in the magnificent Renaissance Mantua environment. And some of them stayed there for some more than few seconds…
Therefore, they made the atmosphere even more electrifying: in perfect Mille Miglia style, you could sit and write home about some of the most impressive sportscars ever. Something quite uncommon, although once the Gran Premio Nuvolari’ inner nature is better known, maybe not as unexpected like seeing that Packard.
The 375 MM alluring front end.
But, just like any self respecting child waiting for Christmas gifts, you know that something about Ferraris can happen in occasions like this or the Mille Miglia : only, you never know what cars can be there, so there is always a nice surprise waiting for just around a corner – or just after a modern compact…like the superlative 375 MM spider. Really this car alone deserves some dedicated pictures, doesn’t it ?
A Vignale masterpiece, the 1961 3500 GT Spider.
It was also nice to see some Maseratis which are real head-turner everywhere, also when they have to share asphalt with many other glamour queens. What’s more, despite their relatively young age, there were a Ghibli and a magnificent Vignale creature, a 1961 3500 GT Spider. One of the best convertibles ever, do you agree ?
The ’54 Maserati A6GCS which had some road troubles.
Another Tridente’ creation, a ’54 A6GCS, was also a victim of slippery asphalt the day before (do you remember ? Despite September was full of sunny days, there were also brutally wet ones, and also the Gran Premio Nuvolari was affected by this). This was a tough event, after all, and together with all the dust harvested by various cars during something like 1000 miles of courses, it also testify to the strong qualities of these old glories.
Really suitable location for such an automobile!
A pretty early Jag XK 120.
Among those old glories which ended the Gran Premio, enthusiasts had something for almost any taste, especially if they aimed at postwar autos: Porsche, lots of them indeed, especially in the 356 various iterations; Mercedes, especially Fintail classic models and Jaguars (lovers of XKs had lots of choices here, including a C-type which is always a pleasure being able to meet in person), to begin with.
A nifty 1953 Triumph TR2
Naturally, because this race is a sort of Who’S Who of the automobile world, there were also some fascinanting Triumphs and some later Donald Healey’s masterpieces. Also that most famous of multinational cars, the Arnolt Bristol, was present in Mantua, together with some dainty Fifties Aston, all the more seductive because of the formidable backgrounds. Furthermore, I could also see in metal an audacious AC, a marvelous Ace roadster built in 1955. This car oozes Cobra’ grumpy and plucky flavor from every inches, yet it doesn’t lack anything in elegance and fine detailing. Perfect car for such a contest. Alvises too, were there in force, and not only with prewar models: a pair of Fifties Red Triangle models deserved right considerations, and surely spectators were happy to see so rare British jewels.
The 1951 Lancia- Paganelli Sport Siluro.
If all the aforementioned cars weren’t still plenty enough to satisfy the most pedants in the world, it was also possible to spot a precious few Etceterinis, at least one brilliant Siata and one British special, which I can easily describe as an Odditerini, so distinctly different from the status quo of its revered original name .
The Amazon entering Piazza Sordello.
A Jensen-built 1961 Volvo P1800.
In Piazza Sordello there were a pair of Volvos too, adding to the multilevel format of Gran Premio Nuvolari’ nature.
The Alfa Zagato as it enters Piazza Sordello.
Last but not least, and maybe because this caught my attention most, honorable mention goes to those three important Zagato creations, some of the best examples of what the Terrazzano’ coachbuider could do. Fittingly, what Z cars were there in Piazza Sordello were one each for the largest Italian industries. They gave a magic touch at the race and showed what the Milanese carrozzeria was able to do in the Fifties, before its most famous efforts on later Flaminias, Flavias, Fulvias and TZs. Their names ? Alfa 1900, one of the most charismatic models among all the Gran Premio’ contestants, here seen in an unusual green paint which made it really difficult to shot under the sun: but its exquisite beauty, its Luigi Fabio Rapi-inspired design are nonetheless quite evident; then, a stupendous 1955 Fiat 8V, in an elegant yet perfect silver livery, which came from no less distant a country than Australia, arguably the most exotic automobile/country combination here; and finally, one of those quirky little Appias which looks always like a far more potent exotica, thanks to its delicate but athletic body. Undeniably, it also has a strong family feeling with its bigger and most famous stablemate, the Flaminia. In any case, this little Gran Turismo is arguably one of the best of its kind, maybe the best ever ! But what made exceptional this trio was the fact that each of them had a beauty, an originality of its own which made for a formidable group of seductive exoticas not suffering inferiority complex of any kind for Ferraris, Masers and the like.
The Zagato 1900, indeed, was a real surprise for me, because it looks quite compact, also thanks to those smallish side windows and that low roof, in effect quite a departure from the bulk of late Forties, early Fifties’ most typical Zagato’ creations.
Thus, this was a good occasion to study Zagato’ Fifties design evolution, what with those cars built during the passage from Forties Panoramica’ shapes to the racy looks we are accustomed to of later products.
This passage is even more evident, then, if we compare this 1900’ tiny, race-ready windows with earlier Zagato’ models, with their ample glass panes, curved or not curved. This 1900 already possesses the vibrant proportions of later Zagato models.
Curved side windows were apparently used in a deft way on the 8V seen in Mantua, a tradition which would also have been followed in future creations made under the signature “Z”. Naturally, also the 8V has stupendous sporty proportions, but still I have the idea that with the Alfa 1900 things went a bit further, things became even more radical. And “radical” is quite a fitting term for a Zagato car.
The 1900 also sported a really emblematic example of the double humps on the roof which became the quintessential Zagato trademark for a while. Naturally, let’s not forget that suave blend of Zagato most beloved ideas which is the bold yet elegant Appia. Its Baby Flaminia looks are really gorgeous, and although that little car lacks something of the sporty macho guts visible on the 1900, it also possesses plenty of the 8V’grace, so much so that it is a perfect compromise and arguably it has a rather forceful personality: just what made Zagatos so distinctive and so desirable.
Granted, that trio of rolling sculptures was an unbeatable treat for every good car design’ lover.
Quelle Surprise ! A Citroen Ami6.
With the Zagatos, our trip through one of the most celebrated classic cars contest has come to an end. I was almost forgetting to say that amongst the various cars I spotted there was also a really unexpected Citroen Ami6, quite a different machine when compared with some of the racy beasts described above. However, it was strangely fit for the day, a day full of romantic sun, a day perfect also to take some photos of what lies just on the other side of Piazza Sordello (that’s right, some of Mantua’ most famous monuments also greet travelers coming from north: so you know what Gran Premio’ drivers were aiming to before entering downtown’ Piazza Sordello), a day which was indeed a lucky and winning one for some famous teams in the historical cars races world.
In fact, this year’ Gran Premio Nuvolari’ overall winners were Italians Vesco and Guerini (real rulers of this race, just as Gonzagas were rulers of Mantua !), followed by renowned Argentinians Tonconogy and Ruffini and by another Italian equipe, Belometti and Vavassori. But, just like with the Mille Miglia, one of the greatest achievements a team could possibly desire while participating at this contest is surely the mere fact of being there, and being able to end the race. Really this is a worthy satisfaction, even more so if it’s done under Nuvolari’s watchful eyes.
Tazio’s glorious mount.
Ops, almost forgot to mention that conveniently located in a square’ corner there was also one of the most famous Nuvolari’s mounts, the formidable Auto Union. This car added further charm to that Sunday’ atmosphere…
The Auto Union Under Glass.
So, photos can give only a hint at what this show was all about. Anyway, while the Gran Premio went through half Italy, scattering its cars across some of the most beautiful Bel Paese’ locales, it is undeniable that most of its charming charisma has to do with Mantua as start and finish point. Honest, I can’t suggest a much better way to spend a sunny mid-September day for anyone who consider cultural events and automobile shows as equally valuable parts of one single package.
Now, it is time to sail up Mincio and going back to the Garda waters. Next adventures, however, will see us heading toward some northern shores of this lake and some surrounding mountains – or, to be more precise, some valleys carved by Garda inflow river , contemplating some of the best German wheeled jewels. But that’s another story entirely. Stay tuned.