Located on a quiet corner on one of the hills that stand above the famous Lake Garda, the Locanda Agli Angeli is a peaceful and beautiful place where one can escape and disconnect from the frantic pace of modern life. When I walked in, I felt like I had stumbled into a special, secret space; away from the more mainstream scene of Gardone Sotto on the waterfront. To get there, you can either take a 15 minutes walk up the hill; or there is a train shuttle that tours the length of Gardone Riviera (2€/person for a return trip; but only if you take it within the same day).
The Locanda (which means inn in Italian) is run by sisters Patrizia and Elizabetta Pellegrini, along with a team composed of mostly women, who work hard throughout their day to make every guest feel welcome. The inn still occupies the original house where it all started in 1972; but since then, they have expanded their operations to an extra house just across the street. In total there are 14 beautifully decorated rooms with nice and comfy beds and all the usual modern amenities.
Additionally, the team behind Locanda Agli Angeli also runs a nearby restaurant where Chef Mateo combines traditional Italian flavors with creative touches of fusion cuisine. For dinner, we sampled several dishes such as the Salmon & Goat Cheese Millefoglie with Dill (pictured below), Lamb Chops with a Crust of Herbs and Roasted Onions and Mare Nel Vaso; a sort of seafood food soup served in a cute little glass.
Overall, staying at the Locanda Agli Angeli was very pleasant; it’s a good point to explore all that Gardone Riviera has to offer and it provides a peaceful and relaxing environment. For more information and reservations, you can check out their website here.
* All photos on this post are my own, except for the one of the room; which was provided by the Locanda Agli Angeli.