RISERVA NATURALE E PARCO LACUALE
MUSEO E PARCO ARCHEOLOGICO
April - September: open daily, except Tuesday 10am - 6pm
October - March: Monday and Tuesday closed
Wednesday to Friday 9am - 1pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm
Closed 22 January - 4 February 2018
La Rocca di Manerba, with an unmistakable profile that stands out over southern Lake Garda, has now acquired new strength to remain true to its identity in the future. A recent milestone that will support a programme of study and awareness, preservation and dissemination of an area that is unique in its history and biodiversity - just as beautiful as the more well-known Italian gems.
In order to preserve and enhance the area’s nature and landscape, in addition to its historical and archaeological characteristics, the Municipality of Manerba del Garda has in fact promoted a series of initiatives that have led to the inclusion of this area (114 hectares of dry meadows, woods, trails, vineyards and olive groves) in the “Natural Reserve of Rocca, Sasso and Lacuale Park of Manerba del Garda”.
To protect and preserve the ecosystem, prohibitions and restrictions of activities that are incompatible with a natural reserve have been laid down, for example hunting, expansions of already existing buildings, the use of motor vehicles and other actions that could affect and harm the natural, scenic, historical and archaeological features of the entire concerned area. These prohibitions and restrictions, for the most part already in the previous PLIS Regulation, are aimed at studying and monitoring the Reserve’s endemic species as well as its historical and archaeological wealth, the results of whichwill be disseminated to enrich scientific research and expandknowledge of the Lake Garda area with its immense cultural and tourism potential.
The Archaeological Museum of Valtenesi, located within the Reserve, is the information centre for visitors to the territory of Manerba who wish to read up on the reasons why man chose - from the earliest prehistoric times up to the occupation of the medieval fortification to which the place owes its name “Rocca” - to visit and settle in this wonderful location of considerable environmental value with its protruding position towering over the hinterland and the lower lake waters.
There is the possibility of arranging personalized programs for schools and groups, in combination with educational workshops, or archaeological/art-historical tours involving archaeological guides.
There are also excursions by boat, with a guide, around the Rocca and Sasso, departing from and returning to the port at Torchio. The museum has a bar at the ground floor.