Torri del Benaco Lake Garda
Throughout Europe and the rest of the world, Italy is renowned and appreciated for its art, its culture, its excellent food and its especially mild climate. Garda, the largest in lake in Italy, lies in the north between the foothills of the Lombardian Alps, the Po valley and the Alpine foothills of the Trentino and Veneto regions. All the beauties of Italy seem to be concentrated here, with history and art going back to the beginnings of civilization, a rich array of lake fauna, including rare specimens of fish, and flora ranging from typical mountain species to Mediterranean plants such as the olive, oleander, coastal pine and other vegetation thriving in its mild climate. Immersed in this green paradise is the town of Torri del Benaco, with its picturesque castle rising above and dominating the lake front. It is from this place that our journey begins: we shall accompany you through an area rich in history, art, culture and traditions, discovering flora and fauna, itineraries, excursions and places – an ideal part of the country in which to enjoy unforgettable moments of pleasure.
Torri del Benaco is easy to reach, thanks to its geographic position. Just take the Affi or Rovereto turnpike exits ot land at the Villafranca-Verona airport or take the train to the Peschiera railroad station. The rare beauty of countryside. The vantage geographical position of Torri at hte centre of the Lake Garda’s Riviera degli Olivi, makes it not only a pleasant holiday spot but also an ideal starting-point for excursion to nearby places. A ferry service connects Torri to the western shore of the lake, facilitating rapid visits to all the shore centers.
The choice of cruises on the lake by stearner or hydrofoil is vast. The towns of art of Verona and Mantova are at an hour’s drive by car (there is also a regular bus province for Verona); Venice and Bergamo can also be comfortably reached. Guided tours to the Dolomites are organized. The Sigurtà Garden (Valeggio) and the amusement parks of Gardaland (Castelnuovo), Caneva (Lazise) and the Auto-Safari Zoo (Pastrengo) are all quite near.
What to see in Torri del Benaco Lake Garda
Torri takes its name from three towers which, together with the regular planning of the village, testify to its Roman origins as castrum turrium. As well as the small harbour and the view, one must see the fairly well preserved Scaligero Castle, which was built between 1383 and 1393 and stands next to a lemon grove.
The centre of Torri’s commercial activity is, and always has been, the harbour. Here are found the town’s most important buildings, most importantly the castle built at the end of the 14th century by Antonio della Scala in order to protect his lands from the expansionistic aims of the Visconti of Milan. It now houses an interesting ethnographic museum, and includes Italy’s first exhibition space dedicated to fresh water fishing, as well as one of the last greenhouses for citrus fruit built on Lake Garda, dating from the mid 18th century.
On the north side of the harbour – one of the most beautiful of the entire lake, its shell-shaped form dating back to Roman times – is the 15th century Gardesana palace, now a hotel with the same name. Here the Council of the Gardesana dall’Acqua met, a federation of ten Veronese lakeside communities to which the Venetian government granted a notable amount of independence.
Incorporated into the palace is the recently restored church of the Holy Trinity, with frescoes of the 15th and 16th c. Veronese school. The port zone was occupied by Torri’s merchants, whose ancient dwellings are still there.
One in particular stands out for the elegance of its facade interlaced with loggias. This was the home of the interlaced with loggias. This was the home of the Vacaris, functionaries representing the central power of the Venetian republic.
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