Garda Lake enchants tourists with its rich historical and artistic heritage documenting the happenings that have marked this region over the centuries. Tourists cannot miss a visit to the many castles - located mainly in Valtenesi but spread in other areas too – where you can go back in time to the Middle Ages. The fortresses and the myriad of ruins brought to light, which are perfectly in tune with the lake landscape, deliver a very interesting picture of the lifestyle of the inhabitants who settled here in the past and make this region one of Italy’s most spectacular and picturesque locations. Visitors will thus make a step back in time and get a first-hand experience of the civic and cultural history not only of Lake Garda but also of the whole of Italy. The numerous castles scattered throughout a wide area offer a unique and very interesting panorama to be discovered and enjoyed.
The castle was built in the Middle Ages with the function of a den to defend against the incursions of the barbarians; of the old building only a stump of the circular tower now remains. One part was used as the headquarters of the Municipal...continue
Brescia Castle stands on the Cidneo hill and is called the "Falcon of Italy" for its position high over the city. It extends for 75,000 square metres enclosed within the city walls. The old Viscontea and Venetian fortress dominates the city and its...continue
The Castle, including a fewdwellings (castrum), stands on Mount Fluno. It has a trapezoidal plan, with the eastern and western sides longer than those of the north and south. A number of round towers are incorporated in its curtain wall with Guelph...continue
The Scaligero castle in Sirmione is a fortress dating back to Scaliger Period and it is the only point of access to the historical centre of Sirmione. It is one of the most complete and best preserved castles in Italy, as well as a rare example of...continue
This is merely the ruins of an ancient irregularly shaped fortress built in a hexagonal shape to follow the hill on which it stands. It was probably built between the 9th and 10th centuries to guard against barbarian invasions. The tower has since...continue
Built to defend against Hungarian invasions in the 10th century, Polpenazze castle was destroyed by the Visconti family at the beginning of the 15th century and reconstructed by Polpenazze in 1426. To allow the construction of the new parish church...continue