Garda Lake Area
Peschiera, fortress fair and strong,
Sits to confront the Brescians and Bergamasques,
Where the shore round about is lowest.
Thither needs must fall all that which in the lap of Benaco cannot stay,
And it becomes a river down through the verdant pastures.
Soon as the water gathers head to run,
No longer is it called Benaco, but Mincio,
Far as Governo, where it falls into the Po.
Dante, Canto XX of the Inferno, vv 70-78
As described by Dante, Peschiera del Garda, the historic town near Le Ali del Frassino, is situated at the southernmost end of Lake Benaco, the ancient Celtic name for Lake Garda.
The lake, which resembles an overturned funnel, is initially constricted by the slopes of the Alps before spreading out in the Po Plain, where it is surrounded by a gently rolling landscape of moraine hills.
This area played a vital economic and political role for thousands of years, and is now one of Italy’s leading tourist destinations: it offers the opportunity of visiting the lovely town of Verona (only 25 km from Peschiera del Garda), one of the most beautiful cities in Italy, nestling on the banks of the River Adige, which flows south alongside the shores of the lake.
Over the centuries Lake Garda’s strategic position caused it to attract populations, who would leave traces that we can visit today: Roman sites; the marvellous town of Sirmione beloved of Catullus (only 7 km from Le Ali del Frassino); the extravagant Il Vittoriale of Gabriele D’Annunzio (the Shrine of Italian Victories); the ancient walls of Lazise, Italy’s oldest municipality; and the perfectly preserved pentagonal walls enclosing the historic centre of Peschiera del Garda. Also in the vicinity is the enchanting village of Borghetto, declared the seventh most romantic municipality in Italy. Fun-lovers will find numerous amusement parks overlooking the blue-green waters of Lake Garda, including Gardaland, which is just the most famous one. These are only a few examples of attractive destinations that our staff can recommend during your stay.
The mild climate, nearby lake, and protective barrier of the mountains favour an extremely rich and varied plant habitat on the hills around the lake: olive trees, vines and lemon trees, and crystal-clear waters contribute to making this a unique landscape and wonderful food and wine destination.