Garda Lake – Brenzone – Malcesine

Brenzone – Photo © drsno
Brenzone – Photo © drsno

Garda Lake – Brenzone

In the middle of the lake, there is a south view of the vast south basin, and the north branch which penetrates across the Trentino PreAlps and in front are the populated slopes of Mount Baldo.

Castelletto di Brenzone has a small port and the famous church of San Zeno with is lovely belfry. Then there is Magugnano; seat of the Brenzone municipality and a tourist district comprised of six hamlets along the shore- Castelletto, Mugugnano, Brenzone, Assenza and on the slopes of Mount Baldo, Sommariva and Castello.

Just north there is the tranquil fishing village Porto Brenzone before landing in Assenza. Once here you should visit the 14th century church San Nicola di Bari with its period frescoes.

Just off the shore to the left, emerges the small island Trimelone (190 meters long and 30 wide) which houses the ancient ruins of a fortification erected in the 10th century against the Hungarians. This structure was destroyed by Barbarossa, reconstructed by the Scaglieri and ultimately damaged by an explosion of ammunition.

Trimelone Photo © p.eskimo
Trimelone Photo © p.eskimo

On the opposite shore, just before the Punta Forbisicle with its splendid view, we find the so-called “Prato della Fame” (meadow of hunger). Its name derives from an incident regarding sailors who took shelter there while awaiting the end of the dead calm; due to the lack of roads for the nearby towns, they were unable to obtain food.

Then, going north just before arriving at Tignale Point, a locality an a plateau between olive trees and orchards, you will see the Santurio della Madonna di Montecastello (619 meters) which was constructed in the 13th and 14th century and enlarged in the 17th century.

Where to stay in Brenzone

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

Garda Lake – Malcesine

Kennst du das Land, wo die Zitronen blehn,
Im dunkeln Laub die Goldorangen glehn,
Ein sanfter Wind vom blauen Himmel weht,
Die Myrte still und hoch der Lorbeer steht?
Kennst du es wohl? Dahin!
Dahin macht’ ich mit dir,
O mein Geliebter, ziehn.
Do you know the land where the lemons are in flower?
In the green leaves golden oranges shine
A quiet wind blows from the blue sky
Quiet is the myrtle, serene the laurel
Do you know it well?
There, there
I would like with you, my love, to go!
J.W. Goethe

The intense light, the sun dancing on the crests of the lake and the radiant sunsets arouse unique and unrepeatable sensations.

Malcesine, view from the Castle – Photo © Drew at large
Malcesine, view from the Castle – Photo © Drew at large

Lights and shadows define the imposing masses of the steep slopes that rise almost menacingly above the deep, inaccessible gorges of Mount Baldo, the ancient testimony of chaotic and devastating cataclysms that shaped a rough and difficult environment, in stark contrast with the small inhabited area, the fruit of landslides that the Mediterranean climate and the slow work of nature and man have softened, with hillsides rich with olives, cypress trees and oleanders.

Many gardens still host lemon trees laden with fragrant flowers and golden fruits, which stand out among the intensely green fronds, the remains of more ancient and vaster lemon-houses, which time and urban expansion have irretrievably cancelled.
Text Courtesy of Malcesinepiu

Where to stay in Malcesine

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