Garda Benacus

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In a setting near Lake Garda, room and half board are an inexpensive $49.00

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Lake Garda, Italy’s largest lake, was originally named Garda Benacus by the Romans.

Of Glacial origin, It is distinguished by the intense blue color of its water. Lake Garda, Italy’s largest lake, was originally named Garda Benacus by the Romans. Nearby Moniga del Garda is a quaint village comprised of ancient streets dominated by a castle and bell tower. The crenellated boundary walls preserve lookout towers. The Villa Brunata is poised near the town’s main square, its elegant façade and portico face a century-old park. The parish church of San Michele was rebuilt in the 7th century, its interior reveals a beautifully sculpted Pieta.

The town recently renovated its “passeggiata” and port and increased ferry connections across the lake. On the outskirts of town, Grotte di Catullo are Roman ruins (once a villa) set on a hillside of ancient olive groves.

In the immediate vicinity, Malcesine is a picturesque gem and the locale of the cable car to Monte Baldo with its wonderful views of the lake. Sirmione is noted for its Roman ruins and the Rocca Scaligera. A classic example of a medieval castle, the imposing structure is accentuated by battlemented towers and a drawbridge.

For more information: Monasteries of Italy.com