You don’t need to walk too far to immerse yourself in the sights of Peschiera del Garda; every which way you turn, there’s a piece of history or art urging you to explore further. Alternatively, it’s equally as easy to reach out to the surrounding countryside where you can spend days messing about on Lake Garda, walking along the Mincio River and canals or cycle around the area. Add fantastic Italian food and wine into the mix and you’ve got all the things you need to find the best things to do in Peschiera del Garda, Italy, right at your feet.
1. Citta murata di Peschiera del Garda
Dating back to Roman times, Peschiera had been fortified by Scaligeri, Venice, Austria, and Italy when its walls were designed by famous architects of the time. Fast forward to the present day and you’ll find artisan shops, bars, restaurants, and gelato all inside the pentagon shaped fortress where the city center is based. Walk along the walls and get fantastic views across Lake Garda or take one of the lovely river walks of which there are plenty.
Citta murata di Peschiera del Garda
Address: Peschiera del Garda, Italy
Website: Citta murata di Peschiera del Garda (Italian)
2. Forte Ardietti, Peschiera del Garda
If you’re a fan of old castles and military forts then you’ll want to visit the Forte Ardietti in Peschiera del Garda. Built between 1856 and 1861, its design is a two-story main stronghold protected by two circular walls and a dry moat and in its time could accommodate around 600 soldiers. There are many cannons and military arms from WW1 and WW2 and a collection of uniforms which were used from battles in and around Peschiera. Entry is free but donations are welcome.
Forte Ardietti, Peschiera del Garda
Address: Forte Ardietti, Peschiera del Garda, Italy
Website: Forte Ardietti (Italian)
3. Santuario della Madonna del Frassino
You don’t have to be religious to appreciate or search hard for the serenity from this spiritual, monumental church. The sanctuary of Santuario della Madonna del Frassino houses a little statue of the Madonna del Frassino, which miraculously appeared in 1510 between the branches of an ash tree. Since then, it has been preserved by the Franciscan monks who offer blessings and information about the story behind the statue.
Santuario della Madonna del Frassino
Address: Località Frassino, 4 37019 Peschiera, Peschiera del Garda, Italia
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4. Bracco Baldo Beach
It’s not very often that you and your canine friends are welcomed onto a beach, but then Bracco Baldo Beach is quite unique in the way that they actively encourage pets to enjoy the seaside! This pebbled beach provides you with umbrellas, loungers, and chairs for a reasonable fee and a lounger for your dog for free! Once you’ve played about in the sea, there are restaurants and cafes nearby to enjoy a snack, and there are three different routes to take for a walk around the lake too.
Bracco Baldo Beach
Address: Loc. Fornaci, 37019, Peschiera del Garda, Italy
Website: Bracco Baldo Beach
5. Museo Della Pesca E Delle Tradizioni Lacustri
Nel Museo della pesca e delle tradizioni lacustri a Peschiera del Garda!Posted by Annamaria Rizzi on Saturday, 24 May 2014
For nautical and museum lovers, make sure you take some time to visit the Museo Della Pesca E Delle Tradizioni Lacustri, an interesting museum that is only open on Saturdays. Dedicated to all things relating to the sea and river, including local traditions, you can browse many old fishing boats, tools and other exhibits from a fisherman’s life. There are also examples of local water crafts and photo exhibits of Peschiera from decades ago.
Museo Della Pesca E Delle Tradizioni Lacustri
Address: Parco Catullo 4, 37019, Peschiera del Garda, Italy
Website: Museo Della Pesca E Delle Tradizioni Lacustri (Italian)
Located close to the lake is Gardaland, one of Europe’s top theme parks which is guaranteed to give you the maximum amount of fun, with or without the kids! Try out the major roller coasters of Blue Tornado and Raptor, or the water coaster, Fuga da Atlantide. They take the concept of theme seriously so there’s plenty of choices, such as the Egyptian-themed dark ride Ramses, for you to experience. If you’re visiting during the high season, get there early to try and avoid the queues.
Address: Via Derna 4, 37014, Castelnuovo del Garda, Italy
Website: Gardaland (Italian)
7. Chiesa Parrocchiale di San Martino Vescovo
Chiesa Parrocchiale di San Martino Vescovo is an architectural delight of a well preserved church located close to the Mincio’s canals. Although not very large in size, you can spend time admiring the statues, altars and the stunning ceiling paintings and stained glass decorations. Entry is free to visit.
Chiesa Parrocchiale di San Martino Vescovo
Address: Piazza Ferdinando di Savoia, 37019, Peschiera del Garda, Italy
8. Abitato Romano Di Arilica
Located next to the Church of San Martino in Piazza Ferdinando di Savoia, you’ll find the little known archaeological site of some ancient Roman ruins, thought to originate from the 1st-century. Whilst it may not take you so long to see these ruins, there is a map at the entrance which explains the discovery, history, and structure of the site.
Abitato Romano Di Arilica
Address: Piazza Ferdinando Di Savoia | Next to the Church, Peschiera del Garda, Italy
9. Museo Della Palazzina Storica
This little museum may not look like it has much on offer, but inside is the story of artifacts and documents which directly relate to the Great War. There is a fascinating canvas capturing the meeting of allied leaders during the war. A must visit for history lovers.
Museo Della Palazzina Storica
Address: Parco Catullo 1, 37019, Peschiera del Garda, Italy
Website: Museo Della Palazzina Storica (Italian)
10. Caserma XXX Maggio
Visit this old building that recently housed prisoners and used to be a military hospital. To book a tour, you will need to go to the Tourism Peschiera Info point. It has a history dating back 2,000 years, and the guides are keen to tell you all about it. The narration is in your own language, and there is also an app you can download to hear the history.
The tour is fascinating and very different from others. The actual tour takes about 80 minutes and involves going up and down some flights of stairs. In parts, it’s dark and torchlight is needed, which brings a creepy sort of feeling. Enjoy history at it’s best.
Caserma XXX Maggio
Address: Via XXX Maggio, 37019, Peschiera del Garda, Italy
Website: Caserma XXX Maggio
If you want to explore Peschiera del Garda from a different perspective, consider hiring a bike and go for a tour around the area. The package includes insurance, maps and safety kits and once you’re organized, you’re free to cycle through Peschiera del Garda-Borghetto, along the river Mincio, visit a medieval village and Sigurtà Natural Park. On your journey, look out for the wildlife and flora and enjoy the amazing, tranquil landscapes that stretch out around you.
Bike Pack - From Peschiera del Garda to Borghetto di Valeggio
Duration: 4 to 6 hours
12. Spend a day at Movieland Park
Movieland Park is not as big or as busy as Gardaland, so there are few lines. Plus, there’s live remakes and action shots going on as well. For movie buffs and those who love the thrill of amusements parks, it’s a great place to go. The main show starts at 10 AM along Main Street.
There are many fun rides and some of them will be a bit wet and wild like the submarine ride. Take along a coat, but if you forget, they do sell ponchos at vending machines. The daily Rambo show is a highlight of your visit. For your convenience, there’s a free shuttle bus to and from the train station.
Address: Via Fossalta 58 | Canevaworld Resort, 37017, Lazise, Italy
Website: Movieland Park
Immerse yourself in the culture and beauty of Italy
Are you the type of traveler who loves museums, churches, and history? Or the traveler who likes the outdoor life of hiking, water sports and spending time on the beach? Either way, you’ll find that Peschiera del Garda, Italy has everything you’d want to make your vacation a fantastic time away.
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