You’d think I’d get enough water during the day — the two, lengthy morning and evening therapeutic baths — that the last thing I’d want to look at during my “free time” is more H2O. Well, just call me Aquaman.
From the comfort of the balcony chair of my retreat at the Grand Hotel Terme (GHT), I’ve been chillin’ by occasionally watching the hypnotic flow of the Fiume Sarca (Sarca River) as it winds its way by Terme di Comano (TdC). Her sound alone is therapeutic, and sometimes it just lulls me to sleep out in the mountain air.
The Sarca begins its journey fresh from underneath the Mandrone Glacier in the Adamello Range of the Retiche section of the Italian Alps, where the borders of the Lombardy and Trentino Alto Adige regions embrace, gains momentum with each cascading stream that joins its flow, and ends its run as it merges into Lake Garda, Italy’s largest lake.
Those patients seeking the benefits of the therapeutic waters inside the TdC spa-wellness center, but do not stay at the GHT, make it over the Sarca and into the park via either a covered wooden alpine bridge or the three-arched, namesake bridge of Ponte Arche. Either way, the views of the Sarca couldn’t be better.
On a recent so-so day, I stayed pretty close to the fort, but I did stretch my legs once under cover of an umbrella until the sun finally broke through. During my passeggiata, I was able to capture a few suitable-for-framing shots of the two bridges that cross over, and some of the streams that merge into, the Fiume Sarca as it passes by my temporary neck of the woods.
If you’ll grab an umbrella — just to be safe — I’ll show you around.
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