Lake Garda

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Lake Garda, your journey through the “riviera”

It’s the main Italian lake and it stretches along three provinces: Brescia, Verona and in the Northern edge, Trento. Every corner of this lake is a sequence of Italian treasures starting from the Olive Trees Riviera, the Veronese shore of the lake. On the Southern edge there is Peschiera whose walls remind its role as a military bastion of the Serenissima, it is featured by a pentagonal fortress that surrounds the old city.

 Going towards the North you reach Lazise, featured by its crenelated castle’s walls that thanks to its very high towers and its big fortified tower is one of the biggest manor house of Lake Garda. If you intend to follow the routes of taste you must go to Cisano and visit the Museum of Oil that keeps an olive-press dating back to the XIXth century then you can go to Bardolino, famous for the production of wine. Along the coastline you can reach Garda that features a Venetian architectural style and gives the name to the lake and has kept the old tradition of building timber fishing, regatta and recreation boats. From Garda you can go through one of the most panoramic routes of the whole lake, a wide bay bordered by the promontory of Punta San Vigilio and from that side the landscape suddenly changes and the lake becomes narrower. After Punta San Vigilio you can reach Torri del Benaco, called that way because of the many towers that once protected its strategic position. There are two of them today, one in the North side of the village and the other one near the castle. Going towards the North you can reach Brenzone featured by a number of tiny villages spread along the coastline and in the hinterland, it is considered the paradise of windsurfers. Malcesine too is the perfect location for the competitions, the boat races and water sky shows. There’s a Manor House dating back between the XII and the XIVth century that hosts the Museum of Natural History of Baldo and Garda, the Museum of Fishing and the Goethe Library. From the centre of Malcesine a cable car will take you to Monte Baldo, 1.800 metres high and you’ll enjoy an amazing view on the entire lake. On the Northern side of the lake you can reach the part of the lake that is already in the Trentino’s area, a place that is loved by sportspeople who know very well Riva del Garda, Arco, Ledro, Tenno. Alpine amazing landscapes, mild climate, a number of fortresses, castles and medieval villages.

 And what happens in the province of Brescia? On that side of the lake, from Sirmione to Limone, the coastline is full of surprises: remains of Roman villas, culture, nature, sport and archaeology. And good food too, mainly the oil, the wine and the lemons. Sirmione means the Catullo Caves, a huge Roman archaeological site surrounded by olive trees and the Castle, made of a number of crenelated towers, walls and courtyards that date back to the XIIIth century. But Sirmione also means the Baths. Art and history are the main themes concerned with Salò, a small town that is proud of its late Gothic cathedral while Gardone Riviera focuses its attention on the Vittoriale, the house of Gabriele D’Annunzio – from 1921 to 1938 – it is full of memories from the past and in its huge park many events are held especially in Summer. At the end of Summer the main event is the Centomiglia, a regatta that takes place in the water of Gargnano but also in Toscolano Maderno – an area made of the combination of the two villages – that is perfect for water sports. This geographical area finishes with Limone, featured by a mild climate and the typical terraces of lemon trees.

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