PESCHIERA DEL GARDA
Right on the coast where Lake Garda flows into its only emissary, the Mincio, a town was built back in roman times.
At the time it was called Arilica, but now, after centuries packed with history of trading, wars and conquests, you’ll call it Peschiera Del Garda.
Peschiera del Garda is one of the most beautiful small towns of the lake, with Unesco Heritage sites, canals, bridges and Roman ruins. And that’s just the city center! The area surrounding it has so much more to offer, with multiple amusement parks, natural sites and amazing landscapes.
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The first thing you can see, getting into Peschiera, is also its more prominent Unesco Heritage site: the Fortress. Built on top of the more ancient roman fortress in the XV century by the Repubblica di Venezia, it surrounds most of the modern town and the external fortifications open up on two architectural masterpieces: Porta Brescia (to the west) and Porta Verona (to the east).
And walking among history, crossing canals on stunning bridges, you’ll find a very lively city center: boutiques and restaurants, museums and parks, everything is at walking distance and open until late.
On slightly longer walks even more notable sites can be reached, like the Santuario della Madonna del Frassino, a sanctuary built where, allegedly, a statue of the Virgin Mary appeared in 1510. Here the renowned international contest for Madonnari (painters of the Madonna) takes place every year, attracting thousands of people.
Peschiera is also a perfect place for easy bicycle rides. There are multiple dedicated tours, especially on the banks of the river Mincio where Valeggio sul Mincio and Borghetto can be found: two picturesque hamlets which offer beautiful scenery and amazing food, but more on it later.
Gardaland, Gardaland Sea Life, Caneva AquaPark, Movieland Park, Parco Sigurtà. All of these amusements park are extremely well connected to Peschiera (especially from the train station) and all of them guarantees fun and playful activities for all ages.
Gardaland is certainly the most famous of the bunch, as it is the biggest amusement park in Italy counting almost 3 millions visitors every year. It has multiple rollercoasters, water attractions, four dimensionals movie experiences, fair-like games, scenery adventures and much more.
In the park there is a full area dedicated to younger children, with slower rides, Peppa Pig attractions, small games and kids’ shows and a larger area for the older thrill-seeking adventurers, with state of the art rollercoaster and immersive adventure rides. Built in 1975, it has been one of the main attractions for tourist in 4 decades now, it has its own hotel (Gardaland Resort) and Its own aquarium: Gardaland Sea Life.
Caneva Aquapark is an entertaining park for those who prefer jumping on water slides rather than being confined and harnessed on a rollercoaster, Movieland Park offers movie related rides and attractions and Parco Sigurtà is a splendid natural park ideal for walks and ball games: easy and nice outdoor fun.
Food&Wine and Italy: a stronger bond than the one between Romeo and Juliet, and Peschiera Del Garda is right on it. The town is in fact part of not one, but two consortium of white wines: Custoza’s and Lugana’s and tours of wineries are available both from Custoza’s makers and Lugana’s which often offer sampling and the possibility to have dinner right next to the vineyards.
White wine goes great with fish and most of the main typical recipes of the area of Sirmione are fish-based wich makes sense, with the town being on the lake, but maybe the most notorious food delicacies of the area are found in Valeggio sul Mincio and Borghetto, on the river and these are Tortellini. Tortellini are made as a pasta pocket filled with meat and/or vegetables, and they surely are the main dish of these borghi: a maybe unexpected, but incredibly flavoured treat.
Speaking of Valeggio sul Mincio and Borghetto, there is a bike trail starting from Peschiera, riding along the banks of the river Mincio that gets you there with ease, but it doesn’t stop there. Following the same path you can also reach the city of Mantova (Mantua), passing through beautiful landscapes and scenery.
And the greatest part is that Peschiera has its own train station which is one of the main stops on the railway that connects Milan and Venice, so that bikes and other equipment can be easily brought around even on longer distances.
As many lake locations Peschiera offers a great variety of activities on the lake: there are many beaches, restaurants and clubs along the coast, and boat tours are also available.
There are many beaches equipped with everything a family may need, including for the four-legged member of the family, the main one being Bracco Baldo Beach which was one of the first dog-friendly beaches of the lake.