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The pearl of upper Garda: Punta San Vigilio

This is where illustrious personalities of the calibre of Napoleon , Tsar Alexander II , King Juan Carlos of Bourbon, the King of Naples and then Winston Churchill, Prince Charles of England, Laurence Olivier and many other authoritative names have passed, such as the men of letters who in the ninetheenth century completed their Grand Tour on the shores of our lake.

What Punta San Vigilio (Garda) has been able to guarantee to all is a place full of charm, peace and inspiration. 
Walking in the small and pretty port is like entering another dimension, suspended between the lake and the mountains, up to the Stella rock , from where the view of the imposing fortress of Manerba and the Gulf of Salò is an unexpected and spectacular gift.
Punta San Vigilio is one of those places that if you pass by Garda you can not see , for its natural beauty, the solemn simplicity of the place, its history and its legends. You can sit at the tables of the inn, in the marina and enjoy in peace of mind the beneficial wonder that the lake offers its guests.

It is one of the most romantic and magical points of Lake Garda and a few steps away, hides a pleasant surprise. Next to the promontory there is a small bay that, by just pronouncing it, allows us to enter directly into the world of fairy tales: the Bay of Sirens .
It is a small beach surrounded by cypresses and olive trees, where you can lie on the sun loungers, admiring the mountains of Lake Garda and bathe in the fresh and crystal clear waters of the lake. There are restaurants , bars , a playground, showers and private facilities available to guests. Entrance fees apply. 

At the end of the high season, Punta San Vigilio reveals all its beauty in the quiet that is preparing to envelop it in winter. 
 

The “Portofino del Garda”

Not without reason, Punta San Vigilio is considered the “Portofino of Lake Garda”
The beautiful peninsula that streches out towards the center of the lake, is now owned by Guarienti Counts of Brenzone and falls within the territory of the municipality of Garda.

You can decide to take a walk in the village and along the lake, to admire the elegance of Villa Guarienti, the pretty church , the historic inn, the marina and the surrounding park or to sunbathe and rest on the Bay of Sirens.
Admire the sunset from Punta San Vigilio is an exciting experience, destined to remain among the most intense memories of your holidays.

San Vigilio has always been considered a splendid peninsula , a destination for lovers, easily accessible from Garda. The best time to visit it is early in the morning or in the evening , around sunset time. But it is at the end of the season, when the summer bustle of tourists has subsided, that Punta gives its best, especially during the week.
 

How to reach it

As we said, you can get to Punta San Vigilio by taking a nice walk of about 3 km along the lake or by bike or even by car (there are parking lots behind for a fee). But the most evocative solution is certainly to reach Punta by boat, admiring it from afar and slowly discovering it from the lake to the shore. 

For those who decide to get there on foot, remember that some stretches have an unpaved surface and rather uncomfortable if you have with you children in the stroller, wheelchairs with disabilities or elderly people who struggle to walk. 
If you decide to lie down in total relax on the Bay of Sirens, parking is included in the price of the ticket to the beach. Leaving the car, continue on foot along the cypress-lined avenue towards Sanmicheli’s Villa Guarienti.
 

What to see

Once Punta San Vigilio was a place where to “leave business and worries to the city”,as you can read on a plaque at the entrance to the marina. Today Punta San Vigilio is home to a luxury hotel, a four-star restaurant, an old inn, a shady park, a beach with a fee and a marina with a bar and small shops.
Villa Guarienti is a sixteenth-century residence by Sanmicheli, with an inn inside, ideal location for events of various kinds and weddings.
Inside there are also a small church and an Italian garden with statues.

Punta San Vigilio enchants with its view but also with its colours, the light and the peace that you can breathe here.
The same Villa Guarienti was built by a lonely man in search of silence and tranquillity.
This is the perfect place to reconcile with yourself and with nature and to take lots of photographs, perhaps at dawn or even better at dusk, when the sun plunges into the clear waters of the largest lake in Italy.