Lake Garda, a boat trip

lake-garda-cover-smallThis is an excerpt from the book “Lake Garda

Lake Garda Boats - Photo © echbremmer
Lake Garda Boats – Photo © echbremmer

This boat trip takes one entire day, with a 2 hours break in Riva del Garda, just enough for a quick lunch. With the low season there is only one run of the boat, and the service is suspended during some months, so check the most recent schedule before going.

Peschiera del Garda
Peschiera del Garda – Photo© Culetto d’oro

Peschiera del Garda

Situated in the strategic point in which the Mincio flows from Lake Garda, Peschera has been important military garrison in various centuries. Already inhabited during the prehistoric era, it was called Arlica under the ancient Romans, it was fortified during the Middle Ages and then militarized by the Venetians in the mid 16th century with walls and rock based on plans by Gudobaldo da Urbino and Sammicheli.

In the end the Austrians made it a headquarters for the famous “quadrilateral” with Verona, Mantova and Lagnano. Today it is a popular tourist resort and industrial center.

Its historical nucleus is still enclosed within 16th walls reinforced by four ramparts at the corners. Of interest is the Palazzina del Comando del Presidio, where a meeting was held the day after of the defeat of Caporetto.

Today it displays relics of the “Risorgimento” era and of World War I. At a brief distance, between the morainic eleveations surrounding the Frassino lake west of Peschiera, stands the 16th century Santuario della Madonna del Frassino. The stretch of territory which extends from this town to the Sirmione peninsula is called “Lugana and it is famous for its wine. Here the Lake’s fleet took shelter in the navy yard of port Peschiera.

Where to stay in Peschiera del Garda

There are hotels, apartments, villas and condo hotels available, check them out and make a reservation here.

Lazise

Departing from the pier “Unita’ d’Italia”, the boat re-ascends the basin along the eastern shore, covered with vineyards and olive trees, and passes the small town of Pacengo with 18th century Camuzzoni Villas, the 19th century Villa Bottonay (now Barbaro).

In less than thirty minutes, the boat brings you to Lazise where you can take in a beautiful view of the Lake with Rocca di Manerba an the left and the Sirmione peninsula to the left.

Glancing inland you will see Peschiera and the Mantuan ramification. In Lazise, the ancient Lastium, there is a castle, reinforced by the Scaligeri in the 11th century, subsequently noblemen from Verona enclosed it into a strategic and military outpost.

While agriculture and breeding made Lazise an active business center, the town has also discovered its tourist “calling”. The historic center has preserved its medieval appearance thanks to the Scaligere walls, which lead to the castle, and the five towers dominated by a high donjon.

Other worthwhile visits are the 12th century Church of San Nicolo’ with its 16th century bell tower near the small port, and the low, long 16th century Dogana (Customs) building which dates back to Venetian rule.

Just beyond Lazise, you pass the villa “La Pergolana” a 19th century edifice which incorporates an ancient convent. Then you will pass Cisano where you can admire the full width of the Lake as well as the 8th century parish of Santa Maria – seat of the Annual Bird Fair (September the 8th).

Where to stay in Lazise

There are hotels, apartments, villas and condo hotels available, check them out and make a reservation here.

end of the excerpt, the full content is available in the book “Lake Garda“. The following is included:

Bardolino
Bardolino – Photo © agus_denz

Bardolino – Photo © agus_denz

Bardolino

Where to stay in Bardolino

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Garda

Where to stay in Garda

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Lake Garda, Salo' Photo /www.visual-italy.it
Lake Garda, Salo’ Photo /www.visual-italy.it

Salò

 

Where to stay in Salò

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Gardone Riviera

Where to stay in Gardone Riviera

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Malcesine view - Photo © carlo chiopris
Malcesine view – Photo © carlo chiopris

Malcesine

 

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Limone sul Garda
Limone sul Garda – Photo © By Zorro2212

Limone del Garda

Torbole

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Riva del Garda
Riva del Garda – Photo © Seba.it

Riva del Garda

 

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