Lake Garda, a place of history and culture

Lake Garda is an ideal place for a relaxing holiday, but especially in the winter season lends itself to cultural visits between history, art and spirituality. With its many natural beauties and characteristic villages rich in history, Lake Garda is one of the most fascinating and beloved tourist destinations in Italy. 

With its 25 localities of Lake Garda, plus the hilly territory of the hinterland, the largest lake in Italy promises not to bore guests and offers many ideas to visit fortresses, castles, museums, churches, churches, churches, villas, palaces and historic centers.

 The Garda is really the perfect place to regenerate the mind and spirit. Staying on the lake and enjoying its view, from here you can leave to discover important cities such as Verona (30 km), Venice (130 km) and Milan (100 km), and other cultural destinations and cities of art to return to the hotel, at the end of the day, and relax.

What to do and where to start?

Lake Garda offers unique places, a marvellous combination of history and nature, such as the Vittoriale degli Italiani and the testimonies of the annunziane, the Fondazione Ugo da Como di Lonato and the Visconti-Venetian fortress, the Roman Grotte di Catullo in Sirmione, the neo-Gothic Venetian style Villa Borghese-Cavazza on the Garda Island with its splendid gardens, the panoramic viewpoints of the castle of Malcesine, the Rocca di Lonato and that on the promontory of Manerba. 

To give you a few tips and help you trace your route we have brought together some of the most beautiful places to visit around Lake Garda and we list them below. This way you can choose the points of greatest interest, according to your sensitivity. 
The “tour” starts from the Verona side, obviously from the town of Garda, to continue along the Brescia Riviera and then to discover the Trentino part of the lake, with the historic centers of Arco and Riva. 

- The Captains Palace, Villa Alberini, Villa Canossa and the Hermitage of San Giorgio on the Rocca in the municipality of Garda. 

- The Captains Palace and the historic churches in the centre of Malcesine, as well as the castle overlooking the lake, heir to an ancient manor built by the Lombards.

- The 14th century Council Palace in Gardesana, the Scaligeri Castle, home of the ethnographic museum, the baroque church of San Pietro e Paolo and the church of the “Santissima Trinità” in Torri del Benaco. Also in Torri, the Tanella Cave with its galleries reached by water, stalactites and stalagmites at the foot of Mount Baldo and near Pai. 

- The church of San Severo in Bardolino, the Museum of Olive Oil, which tells one of the typical products of the lake, and the church of Santa Maria in Cisano (village of Bardolino). 

- The church of the “Madonna degli Angeli”, Villa Cossali Sella, Viscontea Tower in Castelnuovo del Garda. 

- The Sanctuary of the “Madonna del Frassino” in Peschiera del Garda, a monumental church built where the Madonna miraculously appeared to a farmer among the branches of an ash tree, on May 11, 1510. 

- The suggestive Caves of Catullus built in Roman times on the tip of the peninsula, the Scaliger castle, the church of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Romanesque church of San Pietro in Mavino and the archaeological museum of Sirmione.

- The medieval castle, the Roman villa, the archaeological museum and the Risorgimento tower of “San Martino della Battaglia” in Desenzano del Garda. 

- The Citadel and the Visconteo-Venetian Fortress of Lonato del Garda, with the House Museum of Senator Ugo from Como (1869-1941) and a collection of over 50 thousand volumes, including incunabula and one of the smallest books in the world.

- Villa Barbieri and the medieval fortress of Padenghe sul Garda.

- The ruins of the Rocca in Manerba, the archaeological museum with the large natural park (one of the most beautiful viewpoints of the lake) and the ancient parish church of Manerba.

- The baroque parish church, the ruins of the castle of San Felice del Benaco, the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Carmine and the” Monte di Pietà” building. 

- The Island of Garda (originally a Longobard monastery) with the neo-Gothic Venetian style villa, now owned by the Cavazza family, and the large park with Italian and English gardens. 

- The Cathedral of Santa Maria Annunziata, the Palace of the Podesta and Museum of History, Art and Science (MuSa) in Salò.

- The “Vittoriale degli Italiani” in Gardone Riviera, an imposing complex of buildings, streets, squares, an open-air theatre, gardens and waterways built between 1921 and 1938 by the poet Gabriele d'Annunzio on a project by the architect Giancarlo Maroni. Also in Gardone, the André Heller Foundation Botanical Garden, with over three thousand plants.

- The parish churches of San Pietro and San Paolo in Toscolano, the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Benaco and the Palazzo Nuovo in Maderno.

- The cloister of the church of San Francesco, the bell tower of the church of San Martino and Villa Feltrinelli, in the municipality of Gargnano, one of the most characteristic villages of the lake, also for its lovely port. 

- The Sanctuary of the “Madonna di Montecastello” in Tignale, a 13th century sanctuary completely perched on a cliff. –

- The church of San Giovanni Battista in Pieve, the church of San Bartolomeo in Vesio and the Antoniana Chapel in Usteccio in the territory of Tremosine, one of the largest and greenest municipalities of the lake.

- The ancient church of San Rocco, dating back to the 16th century, and the church of San Benedetto in Limone, of which the new cycle/pedestrian path built overhanging the lake is also worth a visit. 

- The Botanical Garden “Arboretum” of Arco di Trento with about 150 different types of plants, including the large mammoth trees and the famous “Cave of Patone”. 

- In Riva del Garda, Piazza III Novembre with its ancient palaces, the Rocca, the churches and the Bastion, one of the historical symbols of the city of Trentino.