Over the last few months, we have moved from Monza to Milan, and as far as Livorno before continuing towards Lecco and then again returning to Milan. And like the tireless travellers we are, we began fitting our personal trips together with new stages of #picnicity, sharing this passion of ours on the social networks and in every virtual and real place available to us, such as the Festival of Sustainability in Lecco.
We’ve done so mainly because we’ve gone from the memories of our special picnics (aperitifs in Tiuvholmen, the new design district of Oslo, overlooking the fjord where Barbara enjoyed the sunset, snacking on lefse (a sort of potato flatbread) with cheese and salmon, or lunches in Brittany at the Mean Ruz lighthouse, with Quiché Lorraine, apple cider and shortbread, as fondly recalled by Linda), to theories about possibly holding a picnic in Turin in the not too distant future, passing through the present, with rich, striking Riva del Garda.
Riva del Garda
A city as precious as a jewel. That’s why it’s called Riva del Garda. A location enclosed in an area characterized by strong contrasts and Mediterranean vegetation, such as lemon trees, olive trees and vines, thriving at the foot of the rocky cliffs that lurk in a blue lake.
The Mediterranean climate, the long sun-baked public beaches, a town full of bursting of historical monuments, a breathtaking panorama that has inspired the greatest poets of all time: these are the main ingredients for an unforgettable holiday on Lake Garda that you can always repeat whenever you want.
A holiday here encompasses thousands of experiences. First of all, sport: sailing and windsurfing, but also excursions in the mountains, cycling, mountain biking, rock climbing, tennis, and canoeing.
In the past, the city has hosted many famous celebrities like Nietzsche, Kafka, and the Mann brothers. And today, like back then, the kind of hospitality offered on the shores of Lake Garda in the Trentino area is refined and family-based. There are many types of tourist accommodation to choose from in Riva del Garda: bed & breakfasts, hotels, campsites, apartments, residences. All offer the ultimate in comfort, as well as a warm family welcome, like for example Hotel Luise.
In the beginning, in 1959, Hotel Luise only had 30 bedrooms and a restaurant which, thanks to Eugenia’s culinary skills, soon became a reference point for the whole Lake Garda area.
Over the years, many improvements have been made and that little 3 star hotel has become the modern 4 star hotel you see today. In the early 90s, Alberto, Rino’s son, and Stella, his wife, took up the reins and tried to preserve its original core values of Italian tradition and hospitality.
Homemade bread, cakes and biscuits for breakfast, coffee made with a moka pot whistling on the stove, the Vespa in the hall as you go inside, the design objects in the rooms, the antique furniture, the collection of suitcase labels, the smiles of all the staff… all these form an explosive mixture that warms the soul, completely and unforgettably, inside Hotel Luise.
For us, the added value was the perfect picnic service: blanket, wicker basket, but with a built-in cool bag, lots of savory and sweet treats and all 100% plastic-free. In fact, the food is all packaged in paper, cord and natural wrappers.
A #picnicity, or in fact two
At Hotel Luise we organized two splendid #picnicities; the first under the veranda in broad daylight, in the middle of a wonderful autumn day. These were accompanied by the flawless hospitality of the Hotel staff and the #Profound character of Vinhood, with an exceptional Ribolla Gialla by Vini Maman Azienda Vitivinicola in Friuli, which tantalises the nose with marked notes of ripe fruit, hazelnut and fig.
Wines with an #Profound character are recognizable because they are generally fuller-bodied. They are white wines which, regardless of where they have come from, have spent time in wooden casks or belong to excellent vintages. Profound wines, reminiscent of introverts.
For the second #picnicity we used the “Mint Morning” suites, which evoke the pleasure of a long slow breakfast when it’s raining outside, and it was raining hard, in mid-morning. The beauty of the location mixed perfectly with the dry flowers of The Colvin, the gift boxes by “Grateful Tea & Gift” – suitable for any occasion and perfect for when friends get together and spoil one another – and the intense, aromatic Moscato d’Asti, of Azienda Agricola Mustela which represents the #Vivacious character.
The sparkling wine with a #Vivacious character is bubbly and delicate, so perfect for desserts and a tasty break. It evokes the character of a bubbly person, a veritable explosion of energy.
VINHOOD has organized a new event for the month of November
To bring you closer to the Vinhood world, we’d like to invite you to the “Vinhood Wineshow: “WINEBATTLE PUGLIA VS CALABRIA” – Thursday 21 November in Tribò, Viale Col di Lana 6a, from 8 pm – where the wines of two fierce regions will go head to head during a blind tasting session accompanied by games and group challenges.
The social channels for following #picnicity
On the other hand, if you too are curious about the adventures of #picnicity and want to stay up to date on all the latest happenings, you can follow our Instagram accounts: tangibiliemozioni for Barbara Perrone and clindina for Linda Fiumara.
Photographic credits – Barbara Perrone & Linda Fiumara