Lake Garda is Italy’s largest lake, but it is so much more than that. Given its strategic importance in the north of the country, it has been the site of countless battles over the years. Although its tumultuous history has not in any way tarnished its natural beauty, the historic landmarks of Lake Garda are scattered around the entire region.
A large part of this Lake Garda was once part of the Republic of Venice, and in more recent years it has been the subject of a political and military of tug of war between Italy and Austria. For these reasons, and its proximity to the border, there are landmarks scattered throughout the area. Located in the commune of Riva del Garda is the Museo Civico – a medieval fortress with its own drawbridge. Another of the many landmarks of Lake Garda can be found in Malcesine in the Province of Verona. The famous Castello Scaligero is an ancient fortification that dates back to the 13th century. It has its own medieval tower and the remains of an ancient Etruscan tomb. Not too far away is the town of Garda, which is home to several impressive attractions. The old village area of Garda is a beautiful example of Italian architecture, and it gives people access to the stunning Captain’s Palace – dating back to the 16th century. A great many historical landmarks can be found in the town of Sirmione, which is located in the region of Lombardy. The Grotto of Catallus is one of the best examples of an ancient Roman edifice in Europe. The town is also home to the 13th-century Scaliger Castle and the Church of San Pietro – the home of a Romanesque bell that was built in the 11th century.
Of all the natural landmarks of Lake Garda, it is perhaps the Monte Baldo that is the most spectacular. Standing at an imposing 2218 metres, people can visit the summit to enjoy spectacular views via an exciting cable car ride. In the nearby commune of Garda stands the famous Rock of Garda, which provides visitors with incredible views of the lake and a 15th-century monastery. Another of the famous natural landmarks in the area is the natural sulphur spring in Sirmione, which is purported to offer visitors healing properties for various catarrhal afflictions.
Due to the persistent and reliable winds that blow through the commune of Nago-Torbale, the area is home to the Torbole Sailing Club. With only 300 permanent members, this is one of the most exclusive sailing associations in Europe, and it is the venue of several prestigious regattas which attract the participation of Olympic champions on a regular basis. The town is also home to the Torbole Windsurfing Club, which has cultivated the talents of several global champions since its inception in 1979.
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