Tignale Lake Garda

excerpt from the book “Lake Garda”
Tignale – Photo © SpikeLee

The panoramic road that branches off from the western Gardesana climbing through olive groves on the plateau, the visitor to the most charming terrace Garda Tignale. The ancient Viniale, composed of six villages of Gardola, Rain, Prabione, Aer, and Oldesio Olzano, all between 500 and 600 meters above sea level, owes its lively historic past and its international reputation the elected attua1e natural position who wants to complete domination of the entire Garda, Torbole in Desenzano.

Lake, hills and mountains characterize the geography of places and offer magnificent scenery: on one hand the rugged gorge of the River St. Michael, the other characteristic terraces that stretch from Rain to Oldesio, planted with trees, below, on the cliffs overlooking the water, lush bushes of oak; inland meadows, forests, broad valleys.

Tignale had an adventurous history and often resisted, because of the obvious strategic importance of the position. The secular events that afflicted her story is centered around the changing fortunes of the shrine of Our Lady of Montecastello, aloof witness and protagonist. After the first inhabitants who were Cenomani Gauls, Romans joined by the high level of Brescia. In the fourth century. A.D. Tignale also met Bishop Vigilio de service of evangelization: the Tignalesi, become Christians, begins what is arguably the most important monument Tignale and one of the most picturesque northern Italy, the Shrine of Our Lady Star of Montecastello or Madonna, which are the first 802 secure testimony: according to tradition was built at the temple of Bergimo, the pagan god of Western benacense.

Around the sanctuary during the Hungarian invasions, the benacense virtually impregnable fortifications built by the nature of places. In 1278 Tignale step ‘under Alberto Count Auspury who provided to strengthen the existing fortifications, sold in 1349 to Scala of Verona by John III, bishop of Trent. Even the new masters provvidero to continue the work of strengthening the fortress. Local tradition, strongly antiscaligera, wants the gentlemen of Verona, fearful of the population prefer to reach the height of the cliff from the strip of beach that is now called “Garden of hunger,” using a large rope secured to powerful iron rings attached alert cliff.

In August 1426 Tignale surrendered ‘to the Venetians, in return for administrative autonomy, with its Statutes, almost as a land separate from the rest of the Magnifica Patria.

In 1600 the Riviera Garda knew, as indeed the whole Italian peninsula, the phenomenon of banditry: the band led by legendary Zanzani ‘- John Beatrice Gargnano – claiming victims and spread terror in all countries of the Brescia side of the lake, defiance of the authorities’ established. The oral tradition still recalls – through the stories of older people – the brutality of the bandit that has marked the history of Tignale, it is here in the valley of Monible, reached along the many paths that lead you to discover the hinterland, the bandit was killed with a few companions August 17, 1617.

Tignale in wintertime – Photo © blacko

The eighteenth century can ‘be defined an era, not events, but preparation of the innovations of the French Revolution and Napoleon’s arrival, the Treaty of the creek Campoformio Gardola sign’ the border between the Austrian Empire and the Cisalpine Republic. The new century began with a passage Tignale of 8000 French soldiers under the command of General Maldonaldi those militias and unfortunately did everyone know the new times. Tignale, like all Garda participate ‘actively and value for Italian independence wars and world conflicts, offering its dense forests and valleys as safe havens to the patriots.

You can still see many military works, some of which are in excellent condition (location cave fortress in the locality ‘Naton). After World War II started in the process of transformation and development of the country in tourism and the economy and the current ‘now far from that of past centuries which was based solely on the cultivation and exploitation of land resources and livestock, producing oil , wine, lemon, fruit, grain, hay, wood, coal, silkworm and livestock.

Today’s economy revolves around the tourism phenomenon, with a significant recovery of the ecological value to the network of trails for walking, mountain biking or horseback. Recently, a strong pulse and a ‘been given to organic farming with particular attention to the olive sector and other specific products.

Where to stay in Tignale

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

How to get there

Tignale map