The fortified town of Peschiera del Garda is an enchanting village on the most southern part of Lake Garda, located right where the course of river Mincio begins.
From the Roman Empire up to the Quadrilatero
At the time of the Roman Empire, Peschiera was called Arilica and was already of considerable importance. Later it was fortified by the Scaligers, lords of Verona, by the Venetians and by the Austrian Habsburg Empire. The traces of these eras, even today, can clearly be seen within the town.
In 1800, Peschiera together with Legnago, Mantua and Verona became part of the Quadrilatero. A defensive system on a territorial scale born from the intuition of Field Marshal Josef Radetzky.
The Fortified town of Peschiera del Garda
The construction that made this town famous all over the world, is the pentagonal fortress that surrounds the historic center. It was built in the 16th century by the Serenissima Republic of Venice. In July 2017, this fortification was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
What to see in Peschiera del Garda
Most of the visitors arriving in Peschiera come from the highway. The first image these people will see is undoubtedly the railway bridge, known as “i sette ponti di Peschiera del Garda” and Porta Verona. This entrance gate built in 1553. A gate that until recent years did not look like the one you can see today. In fact, in 2019 a significant restoration work has been carried out and has given back its magnificence and not only! In the space where the original Leone of San Marco (destroyed by Napoleon’s Grand Armée) was positioned, now stands a new and imposing lion of San Marco!
Many people reach Peschiera through the Peschiera-Mantua cycle and pedestrian path, also known as Eurovelox 7. If you are one of these people, you will know that you have arrived in this town when you see the river flowing into a moat, where the large and imposing wall is reflected in the water. The wall of the Venetian Fortress. By following the path until where it ends, you will see the Fossato Reale (Royal moat) along with a long and flowered bridge. This last one, will lead you to the other entrance arch of the town known as Porta Brescia.
Visiting the fortified town of Peschiera
To stay on the venetian topic, it is right here that during the warmer months a gondolier, ready to set out, will wait for you. And maybe you have already heard of the “Giro delle Mura“? This is the other famous boat trip in Peschiera that starts from Piazza San Marco!
For more details on these two trips: Activities Peschiera del Garda
Lovers of history and culture, will find the Museum of Fishing and Lake Traditions. In addition to this museum, they also have the opportunity to participate in the Peschiera Walking Tour, the 35-minute guided tour:
If you would like to have a walk, you can do this by going to lungolago Garibaldi (direction Lazise) or lungolago Mazzini (direction Sirmione). In some parts you will also be able to find gym equipment. An opportunity to stay in the middle of nature and to breath fresh air! For those in love with history and cultural activities, in Peschiera you will find the Fishing Museum and the opportunity to participate with the Peschiera Walking Tour, a 35-minute guided visit: Peschiera Walking Tour
Events in Peschiera del Garda
The events that are part of the popular tradition are the “Antichi giochi sul canal”, with the famous Palo della Cuccagna and the Ciclotuffo. The Palio delle Mura, a competitive Venetian rowing race around the canals of the fortress. And not to be missed, the “Incendio dei Voltoni”, a firework show that usually takes place after the Palio delle Mura (in August) and at the end of the Patron Saint’s Day; Festa di San Martino on November 11th.
Among the things not to miss in Peschiera del Garda, you definitely should visit the weekly market in Peschiera del Garda. This market takes place on every Monday morning 08:00-13:30, in the large parking lot of the historic center. The farmer’s market, on the other hand, takes place on every Thursday morning in San Benedetto di Lugana (hamlet of Peschiera del Garda)