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We exchanged a few words with Filippo Gavazzoni, councilor of Peschiera del Garda and a great expert of our beautiful town

We exchanged a few words with Filippo Gavazzoni, a councilor of the municipality of Peschiera del Garda and an expert on our beautiful town. We asked him to tell us about the places and activities that our guests can discover while on vacation.

Here are his descriptions of the wonders of Peschiera.

Let’s start from its past: are there visible traces of the various historical eras left?

Thanks to its location, Peschiera has always been a strategic point, useful for connecting the Po Valley to the Alps and an ideal place for the exchange of goods. Over the centuries it has accumulated the signs of history that have passed through here, from the Bronze Age to the World Wars. 

By the Bronze Age, Peschiera  was a well-known metallurgical center and its inhabitants exported their products to many European countries, including Germany and distant Malta. This is why a relatively recent chronological period of the Bronze Age took its name, when the term Peschiera-Zeit was coined.

Walking through the village you can also find traces of the Roman times.  The ancient Via Gallica,  which during  the middle of the 1st century BC was the main road that connected the most important cities of the Po Valley, crosses through the village. In medieval times the village housed an important castle, which was then demolished to make way for the present Renaissance fortress.  The current fortress is  the only one to have survived in such a  perfectly preserved state,  that in July 2017 its walls were declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

And don’t forget the strong military role played by the city during the wars of independence. Peschiera became one of the four pivotal points of the quadrilateral wanted by the Austrian Empire in Lombardy-Veneto, along with Mantua, Legnago and Verona.

What do you recommend that people see, who want to get to know Peschiera better?

Definitely the guided tour of the walls, starting from the historic center. The visit lasts 30 minutes and is carried out by boat, allowing you to admire the fortress directly from the water. From March to October the service is always available, while in the remaining months it is advisable to call ahead to book.

Tell us about the Museum of Fishing and Lake Traditions: is it an important stop in a visit to the city?

Yes, it’s a visit I recommend. The museum is housed in a 19th century building and opens its doors every day to hundreds of tourists. The route winds through several rooms, rich in historical testimonies about the fishing tradition. In addition to a large photographic archive, you can admire a collection of typical lake boats, including an old Anguilara, a rowboat and an old shotgun with a pedal drive. There are also bowls, lamps, gouges and many other curious and interesting objects that recall the life and customs of a fishing community.

What is the most beautiful vantage point in the city?

Surely what you can admire from the walkways above the walls, from where you can enjoy the beauty of the lake from an unusual point of view, even getting to see Sirmione in the distance, the wonderful strip of land that goes into the waters of the lake.

What itinerary would you recommend to those who want to spend a day by bike discovering the beauties of Lake Garda and its surroundings?

From Peschiera  you can pick up the famous Euro Velo 7, one of the fourteen cycling networks connecting the major European cities. It can be taken along the E6 cycle path that connects it to Mantua: 45 km of a flat path, suitable for everyone, which also passes through the charming  village of Borghetto, which has been named in the list of the most beautiful villages in Italy.

In conclusion, why should people choose to visit Peschiera?

One reason is the fact that Peschiera is easily reached by train and car and is a good starting point for visiting Desenzano, Sirmione, Verona, Mantua, Milan and Venice, just to name a few nearby places of interest. In addition, it is one of the few villages on Lake Garda rich in attractions even during the coldest season: the guided tour of the walls, the fishing museum and the cycle path we have talked about are examples.

I invite tourists to contact our infopoint: it is open all year round and provides all the information you need to experience the city at its best. It also distributes, free of charge, the historical map of Peschiera,  which indicates the sixteen points of greatest importance. To immerse yourself in the beauty of the city, you can stroll through its streets listening to the detailed descriptions of each individual point of interest, through the audio guide accessible from your mobile phone.

Where we are

Need a "strategically located hotel"? That’s us! Enjoy is

3 minutes away from the motorway exit (1km)
5 minutes on foot from the railway station
10 minutes on foot from the historical centre of Peschiera and the shores of the lake
Few kilometres away from Garda’s main spas
2 km away from Gardaland and within walking distance of the free bus stop
Within walking distance from the Pederzoli nursing home

How to reach us

We feel it is important to give you all you need to live, know and understand our land, so you can feel at home, part of the family.

Peschiera is a great starting point to visit the three shores of Lake Garda (touching three regions: Veneto, where we are, Lombardy and Trentino), each with typical features, customs, traditional food and wines.

By Car

Enjoy Garda Hotel is situated only 1,5 kms away from the motorway A4 Milano-Venezio (exit Peschiera del Garda).

By Train

As it is set in a central location, we are only 100 meters far from the town train station Peschiera del Garda.

By Air

The closest airport is the Catullo (in Villafranca di Verona).