Garda Lake – Lazise

Lazise – Photo © the cat & the exercise bike
Lazise – Photo © the cat & the exercise bike

The merlate wall of town-walls and the towers of the scaligero castle damage to Lazise, that oriental of the Garda lies on the side, a print; still today medioeval.

The locality, already inhabited in pre-history, to the age Roman called ” Lasitium”. In XII the first century become the free Common  one of the Benaco; step under the Lordship of the Scaligeri that they reconstructed the fortifications of the XI century and that they made of Lazise one fvery fortified fort.

Situated in the morain zone, than to south closes the lake, Lazise is a comfortable line of departure for tours, walks and towards the green localities, where the veronese nobility, in the passed centuries, had erected their villas to live in the summer and autumn.

Between the things not to lose: the scaligero castle, still lived, with six massive towers and the merlato wall of town-walls. The church of Saint Nicolo’ to the port, that it goes back to the century XI, late repaired, conserve in the inside frescoes of the ’300. Also to the port customs Veneto of XVI the portal century.

The villa the Pergolana, situated 1 Km to north of Lazise, along the state one, encloses in if ancient nail head of a convent that then fell in ruin.
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Lazise Port – Photo © Fine Cars
Lazise Port – Photo © Fine Cars

Lazise is very proud of its past. There are impressive reminders of medieval splendors as well: the magnificent Scaliger castle and walls that still surround the historic center, now full of shops, restaurants and bars.

Next to the small harbor is the Dogana Veneta from where for centuries the Republic of Venice controlled all commerce on Lake Garda.

Near here a Venetian fleet was moored, and to escape enemy hands, the commander had the ships sunk to the bottom of the lake, where they still rest.

Also, not too deeply submerged in the lake there are indications of the prehistoric age: in Pacengo, a quiet lakeside suburb of Lazise, underwater remains of a large pile-dwelling village have been found.

Since prehistoric times, thousands of years ago, this has always been a region of commerce and a crossroads for travelers: in fact, the legendary amber route passed by here. For centuries this has also been a resort area proven by the splendid stately villas of Lazise, Colo’ and Pacengo.

Today Lazise is an affirmed tourist resort, offering approximately forty comfortable hotels as well as a dozen or so large, fully equipped camping sites. There are infrastructures for sport and leisure time activities, facilities for nautical sports, musical gatherings, and a multitude of restaurants featuring traditional fare.

Lazise – Photo © garygilbert
Lazise – Photo © garygilbert

Historical sites such as the Dogana Veneta and the Scaliger Castle often hold prestigious concerts. Every summer tourists can attend the “Lazise notte classica” (Lazise Classical Night), an important manifestation of classical and lyrical music. Every two years Lazise hosts the International Exhibition on apiculture.

Next to the small Lazise harbor behind the Dogana Veneta, is the small Romanesque church of San Nicolo’, with frescoes from the 1300′s: on the outside in a niche there’s a painting of the Madonna del Duecento. Many are the splendid stately mansions found in Lazise, Colo’ and Pacengo.

Lake fish, extra-virgin olive oil and wines (the Bardolino, Bianco di Custoza and Lugana wines are produced close by) are the basis for the typical lake cuisine: famous is the “risotto alla tinca”, excellent the grilled fish.

It is very pleasant to shop around the narrow medieval streets where there are boutiques, handicraft shops, wine cellars. Wine and olive oil can be bought directly in Lazise from the producers that usually permit sampling of the products beforehand.
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Where to stay in Lazise

There are hotels, apartments, villas and B&Bs available, check it out and make a reservation here.

Lazise street – Photo © fry2k
Lazise street – Photo © fry2k