City of Peschiera del Garda (Veneto)

The city of Peschiera del Garda is included to the region Veneto and to the province Province of Verona

Presentation of the destination

Peschiera del Garda, quiet village on the river

Peschiera del Garda is a village and a comune in the province of Verona in northern Italy. The village is also known by the Latin names Arcelica, Aricila and Ariolica, which is in the storied past of Peschiera del Garda. The village of Peschiera del Garda forms the northwestern end of the Quadrilatero area, which describes an association of towns with city walls in this region. The location of Peschiera del Garda could hardly be cheaper and explains the interest of many tourists in this otherwise quiet and peaceful village. Peschiera del Garda is just a short distance from Lake Garda, one of the tourist centers of the region. Furthermore, the river flows Mincio through the city. The fortress of the city is even on an island of Mincios. A nicer situation is actually hard to imagine. Above all hopeless romantics will like this city. Historically, the Romans were already spreading in this place. Among them, the city was known as Ardeclia. They use the city as a smaller commercial center in the north of Italy. Until 2002, the city was also known for its military prison. Furthermore, Peschiera del Garda is a member of the Italian Association of Citta del Vino and is a good starting point for wine tasting.

Points of interests / things to see


Outside the city, Peschiera del Garda is not well known for its sights. Even many travelers to Italy will not even know the city, which has made it a real insider tip. This is relatively surprising, because there are quite a few attractions that can be considered as absolutely worth seeing with a clear conscience. The main sight of the city is clearly the fortification. It surrounds a small castle, which was used in the Middle Ages to provide merchandise and its owners with a secure home. The special thing about the fortress is the location. So the fortress is located on an island of the river that flows through the city. It could hardly be safer. This makes the fortress an absolutely mystical photo opportunity. The sacred site of Modonna del Frassino is another architectural highlight of the city of Peschiera del Garda. Built in the early 16th century, this building houses rare works of art by Paolo Farinati and Zeno da Verona. Another attraction is the Lago del Frassino, which is an important breastplate for many rare birds.


The river Mincio flows across the city and has long been the lifeline of the city. Already the Romans settled here, which is probably due to the Mincio River. This passes to Lake Garda and so he represented a safe haven, off the coast of Lake Garda, for the trade of that time. The Mincio River initially sounds in the name of the Sarca River before it merges into Lake Garda. From there it flows as Mica Minicio over 60 kilometers towards Mantua and then passes into the river Po. At the site in Mantua, the Mincio was enlarged in the early 12th century. Thus, three large lakes were integrated into the river, which provided space for the then old town. It is assumed that the first settlers of this region settled on an island on the Mincio River about 2000 years before Christug. This confirms the historical value of the Mincio River for the region. Today, the river is valued above all as a recreational area. The residents of the city enjoy their free time with boat trips or fishing trips on the river.

Lake Garda

Although Peschiera del Garda is located a few kilometers from the mouth of Lake Garda, Lake Garda is undoubtedly one of the main attractions of the city. Many visitors to Peschiera del Garda appreciate the proximity to Lake Garda, and use Peschiera del Garda as a quiet base to explore it in the form of day trips. Accommodation and restaurant prices are cheaper in Peschiera del Garda than on the shores of Lake Garda and, moreover, it is much more authentic in the city, due to the fact that tourism in Peschiera del Garda has not yet gained a foothold. With a length of fifty kilometers, Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy. The northern part of the lake was occupied by the Austrians for a long time after the First World War. Lake Garda is characterized by its many small villages, which usually number several thousand inhabitants. These are a mixture of a normal village, a residence for wealthy Italians and people from other parts of Europe, and a tourist resort. Many of the villages are linked by ferry, and the ferries are not only a means of transport but also a tourist attraction. Because there is no better way to explore the lake than from the deck of a small ferry.


Quadrilatero is the traditional name of an elaborate defensive system of the Austrian Empire in the Lombardy region. The Quadrilatero is, as the name implies, an association of a region that corresponds to a square on a map. The fortifications of the cities of Peschiera, Mantua, Legnago and Verona were connected. All of these cities are located between the rivers Mincio, Po and Adige, forming a square on the map. The Quadrilatero was considered the only modern and armed fortification of Austrians during the Napoleonic Wars. The construction was made possible by the railway line between Venezia and Milan. The construction of the Quadrilatero had been preceded by the bloody experiences of the Second Italian War of Independence in the 1860s. For the first time rifle taps were used by the Italian army, after which the Austrians were forced to expand their fortifications.


Veneto is the region in which Peschiera del Garda is located. Many of the visits refer to Venne, although they stay in Peschiera del Garda for the whole stay. This is because the region of Veneto is known for its beautiful landscapes, quaint villages and natural beauties. A total of five million people live in the region. The capital of Veneto is Venice. Veneto, as the Italians lovingly call their Veneto, was a separate state for more than a century, and many of the inhabitants, especially the elders, still live today as if Veneto is an independent one Country. Many see themselves as inhabitants of Veneto, and not as Italians. This fact should be remembered when talking to local people about the history and politics of the country. Today, Veneto is one of the Italian regions with the highest number of foreigners. Nearly 10 percent of Veneto's population is foreigners. This gives the region an international atmosphere, which, mixed with the many small villages in the cities, is a very interesting experience.


Gargnano is a small village on the shores of Lake Garda and one of the most popular destinations on Lake Garda, for tourists who have their stay in Peschiera del Garda. Gargnano counts just 3000 inhabitants, which makes the place one of the smaller settlements on Lake Garda. The city center is characterized by medieval streets, some historic churches and a beautiful promenade along the riverbank. There are over 100 shops and restaurants catering to the needs of tourists.


Nago Torbole is located on the northern shores of Lake Garda and is a great destination if you have a full day. You can reach Nago-Torbolo either by bus or by ferry. Both are a great opportunity to get an impression of the sea. Nago-Torbole once referred to two cities that grew together over time. One part is located on a hill and offers a beautiful view of the lake, while the part on the lake shore is much busier.


The small, medieval village of Malcesine is considered one of the most popular places on Lake Garda. Malcesine is best known for its historic castle, which overlooks the lake in a unique way. A truly romantic sight to share with thousands of tourist eyes, especially during the summer months.


Bardolino is a classic resort on the shores of Lake Garda. Bardolini offers the perfect infrared structure for holidaymakers who want to feel at home in other countries as well. In addition to Italian restaurants, Bardolino has a variety of international restaurants and the maps are always in English, often in German.

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Surrounding towns

  • Bussolengo ~13 km
  • Castiglione delle Stiviere ~17 km
  • Peschiera del Garda ~0 km
  • Castelnuovo del Garda ~6 km
  • Lonato ~16 km
  • Bardolino ~13 km
  • Sommacampagna ~13 km
  • Lonato ~16 km
  • Lazise ~8 km
  • Sona ~11 km

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getting there

By plane: The nearest airport is Verona. The airport "Aeroporto Valerio Catullo di Verono" is served by many airports in Europe. The company Ryanair offers very favorable air connections to Germany. In high season there is a shuttle to Peschiera del Garda, however, it is often necessary to organize the onward journey itself. The simplest is renting a rental car. By Bus: If you depend on public transport then you will have to go by bus. The bus network is relatively well developed. Â

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Piazza Betteloni
Piazzale Cesare Betteloni, 3, 37019 Peschiera del Garda VR, Italy
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