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Torri del Benaco

Situated halfway on the Riviera degli Olivi, Torri del Benaco is one of the very few places in the Garda area which preserves the original Roman name of the lake - Benacum.

This town's name was in fact Castrum Turrium, or 'fortress of the towers', and in addition to maintaining its nature as a defensive position in later times, it also preserves the typical echelon formation of an Imperial city's road network. The castle itself, which dominates the countryside with its three crenellated towers was erected in the 14th century by the Scaglieri family on the fortalice of Berengario I (of which a 10th century tower still survives).

Inside the Museo Civico is located, with displays of historical remains from all epochs, geographical maps, and fishing tackle and tools for olive cultivation: riches of all times from the area. All in all, the possibilities of cultural visits are manifold, starting with the medieval marina encircled by Venetian palazzi and the church of SS. Trinità, continuing with the parish church of SS Pietro e Paolo and the church of San Giovanni, which houses 14th-15th century frescoes. Or proceeding to the outlying districts of Brancolino and Crero, where several various carvings have been left by prehistoric man. Pai and Albisano also deserve a visit.

Not just history, in fact if you decide to book your holiday in Torri del Benaco you will discover that there is nothing here that you cannot do: sport, relaxation, food and wine, entertainment and culture are all virtues of this places.

Thanks to its occupying an almost perfect position, having mountains, hills, plains and the coast all nearby, Torri del Benaco is one of the most deserving reasons for the the lake's title as 'Garden of Europe' owing to its flora. A holiday in Torri del Benaco will always mesmerize you.

In fact the three distinct sets of climactic conditions (Mediterranean, prealpine and alpine) lying in such close proximity in this zone have given nature artistic license, becoming varied and luxuriant in every angle of the terrain, a variety and abundance that also when viewed from the coast strikes one with wonder.

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