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Garda story

Garda is, with its 4000 inhabitants and an area of 16 km² not a very big city and therefore you don't get lost and everyone has the opportunity to discover "their" Garda.

The so-called microclimate is Mediterranean and offers plenty of sunshine all year round. Even if it gets cold in winter, snow and frost are rather rare.

Garda offers a unique panorama thanks to its location in a splendid bay between the famous "Punta San Vigilio" in the north and the rock, symbol of the town, "La Rocca" in the south.

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Città di Garda


Rock carvings and traces of pile dwellings are testimony to settlements from thousands of years ago.

Today it is believed that Lake Garda (the largest lake in Italy), formerly known as "Benàco", took its name from the town of Garda. That is, from the German word "Warte", which means "guard", because of the fortress that once existed on the Rocca di Garda, which for a long time protected it from barbarian invasions.

Garda was at that time a city of great importance, which flourished during the Scala dominance and then under the Republic of Venice. In this period several villas and palaces were built in Gothic and Venetian style by noble Veronese families: Villa Carlotti, La Losa, Palazzo dei Capitani, Villa Albertini, Villa Canossa, Palazzo Fregoso.

In 1866 Garda was then annexed to the Kingdom of Italy.

At the beginning of 1900 the foreigners movement was still modest and only a few taverns offered hospitality and food. At that time the people of Garda lived, in rather precarious conditions, from fishing, wine-growing and silkworm farming.

It was only with the economic boom of the 50s and 60s that tourism in Garda took off in a few years.

And then everything changed...

Città di Garda

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Some glimpses of the old town of Garda that you should not miss.


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Museo del Lago di Garda

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A visit to the Garda Lake Museum is definitely worthwhile. Exciting props from agriculture, fishing and handicrafts show life on Lake Garda as it used to be. The entrance is free. The museum is open all year round from Friday afternoon to Sunday evening. Lunch breaks and exact opening hours can be found on the website of the museum, which was created by students of the Marie Curie High School in Garda.

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