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Bardolino

Bardolino is a village in the province of Verona; it is located on the eastern shore of Lake Garda, which is also known as “Riviera degli Ulivi” and goes from Peschiera del Garda to Malcesine (the northernmost municipality of the Veneto shore).

Bardolino includes the hamlets of Calmasino and Cisano together with numerous districts and it is located within the extended Garda moraine valley. It is about thirty kilometers far from Verona and it borders with Lazise to the south and with Garda to the north.

Like the other villages on Lake Garda, Bardolino has a mild climate due to the lake and the close mountains, such as the Gruppo del Baldo mountain range located on the northern part of the Verona shore.

In the past Bardolino was a small town populated by fishermen; today it is one of the main tourist centres of Lake Garda.

It stands out because of the wonderful surrounding landscape and its variety of colours: the clear blue of the lake, the green of the hills with their olive trees and vineyards and the red of its sunsets.

It is particularly popular on summer, but visitors and tourists also come on autumn to enjoy its beautiful shapes and romantic atmosphere.

A fully equipped centre, with a variety of different accommodations: hotels, residences, bed & breakfasts and camp sites expanded across 240.000 square meters on the lake shore. In Bardolino tourism meets an excellent food and beverage tradition.

The numerous catering businesses take advantage of local food and wines: Bardolino wine with all its versions, Olio Extravergine di Oliva and lake fish; the high quality is guaranteed by the strict control of the protection consortia.

Traditional recipes can be tasted by visiting restaurants, agritourisms but also pizza restaurants, pastry and ice cream shops.

Bardolino is a lively village full of nice central shops, pubs where visitors can have cocktails with a view on the lake, bars and discotheques open till late.

The village holds numerous events all year round, such as the “Festa dell’uva e del Vino Bardolino” in October, the “Palio del Chiaretto”, the enchanting Christmas markets of the “Dal sei al sei” festival, the interesting “Sagra dei osei” in Cisano and much more.

Enjoy the promenade around the centre and the picturesque lakefront that goes from Punta Mirabello to Punta Cornicello: two small strips of land expanding from the village to the lake.

There is also the opportunity to visit ancient churches, such as San Severo and San Zeno, and museums such as the Museo del Vino and Museo dell’Olio.

San Pietro Church

Bardolino is easily connected with numerous destinations through efficient means of transport: different kinds of boat allow to reach the other destinations on the lake, while buses connect the village with Verona, amusement parks and other destinations of the area’s surroundings.

Sport enthusiasts can join a lot of exciting activities: aquatic sports such as sailing, rowing and canoeing or even sail fishing; bike or walking excursions across the close mountains and their paths.

Take a look at the “sport” page to discover all the opportunities available!

Regata sul lago

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Hamlets

Bardolino includes two hamlets: Cisano on the lake and Calmasino in the hills. Both used to be separate municipalities.

Cisano stands out mainly because of the finding of some ruins of palafitte and other finds, as you can see through the History page. This area still tells us about the origins of the region through the numerous latest findings.

Cisano also holds the ancient pieve romanica di Santa Maria, a vault dedicated to San Giuliano whose traces were already known in 1915.

Pieve di Cisano

As for the hamlet traditions, every year Cisano holds the birds’ festival known in the local dialect as “Sagra dei osèi”. It is the oldest ornithological hunting festival of the Region. It historically takes place on the 8th of September, the day that celebrates the Nativity of Mary to whom the main church is dedicated.

A further monument related to this tradition was born in 2009: the Museo Sisàn, whose aim it to spread the knowledge of the ancient ornithological, hunting and fishing tradition of the region.

Cisano also holds the Museo dell’olio; it testifies to one of the oldest and most typical activities of the region, that is the olive oil production.
The museum preserves an exhibition of numerous instruments formerly used in the olive oil mills. It also allows visitors to discover how this prestigious olive oil is currently produced.

Panoramic view of Cisano

Calmasino was a fief belonging to the Canonici of the Verona cathedral. It is an ancient village surrounded by olive trees and vineyards about three kilometers away from Bardolino; it’s the perfect destination for visitors and tourists looking for a snug and peaceful place though not far from the lake.

Calmasino offers a different view of the lake: standing on the church porch visitors have a perfect view on the hills, Lake Garda and the peaks of Monte Baldo.

The most important festival of the hamlet is the “antica fiera di San Michele” which still today takes place at the end of September, during the harvest season. In the past it represented a great occasion to trade in baskets, pack baskets, vats and other harvest stuffs.

Panoramic view of Calmasino

Today instead the festival represents a greedy opportunity to taste local specialty food, such as the tripe and the “stracotto d’asino”, lake fish dishes and, of course, local wine.

But in order not to forget the past and its traditions the festival is accompanied by the old occupations show and the agricultural machinery parade through the village streets. The festival also livens up with shows, live music and markets.

The Piazza Principale holds the weekly “0km” food Market: every Saturday morning a lot of people both residents and visitors join it to buy high quality local food directly from the producers, including fruits, vegetables, ham, cheese and much more.

“Suso in Italia bella giace un Laco, a piè dell’Alpe che serra Lamagna sopra Tiralli, ch’ha nome Benàco”

Dante Alighieri,Divina Commedia, Canto XX Inferno

Lake Garda

Lake Garda, also known as Benàco, is the largest Italian Lake.

The lake and its shoreline are divided between the provinces of Verona, Brescia and Trento; it is surrounded by the Monte Baldo to the east and the Brescia Pre-alps to the west.

As for its geology, it is a pre-alpine lake with origins from glacier activity dating back to the Quaternary Period. After millenniums of glaciations, the climate became milder and glaciers receded thus creating large water basins; on the other hand the debris caused by the erosion gave birth to the moraine amphitheatre surrounding the southern part of Lake Garda.

Lake Garda view from the satellite

The lake includes five small islands. 

The largest one is Isola del Garda on the Brescia shore; here in 1220 Saint Francis of Assisi founded a hermitage that was suppressed in the Eighteenth Century and then replaced with a venetian neo gothic villa.

Still on the Lombard side there is the Isola di San Biagio, also known as “Isola dei Conigli” with a large park full of flowers and plants. 

Finally, the two smaller islands are located beside the eastern shore near Malcesine: the northernmost Isola degli Olivi, the Isola del Sogno and Isola del Trimelone.

Isola del Garda

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Climate and flora

The basin of Garda forms part of a continental region but the climate is mediterranean due to the presence of a large body of water: the lake indeed holds the summer heat thus redistributing it during winter and making the climate milder.

At the same time the mountains protect the Garda from the cold winds coming from the north.

This mild climate engendered a mediterranean flora.

The country and its flora

There are indeed citrus plantations such as orange, lemon and cedar tree and bergamot, mainly located on the Brescia shore of the lake, also known as Riviera dei Limoni; but also olive trees and vites beside the Verona shore, known as Riviera degli Olivi.

Furthermore, the local flora includes chestnut trees, walnut trees, cypresses, palm trees, agave and wild plants such as dictamnus albus, rosa canina, oleander, osyris alba and forsythia.

Fauna

The lake is the natural habitat of more than twenty-five fish species.

An endemic species of Lake Garda is the carp, a fish belonging to the salmonidae family; it was already known in ancient time but today it is threatened with extinction. The local fauna also includes alburnus alborella, barbel, squalius cephalus, northern pike, tench and lake trout.

There are also numerous waterfowls such as ducks, mallards, herons, coots and swans. The most common wee-footed bird is the seagull.

Winds

Lake Garda is interested by unpredictable airstreams, winds and breezes due to its position and shape; it is surrounded by the Baldo range to the east and the Trento-Brescia chain to the west and it has a funnel shape shrinking towards the north.

Ponal
it is a strong wind of summer coming from Valle di Ledro during morning and evening hours besides the riverbed of the Ponal river after which it is named.

Vinessa

it precedes bad weather coming from the south-east. It is caused by the Adriatic low-pressure area or the Bora; it can be very dangerous due to his strength and the swell that engendered it.

Boaren

it has variable strength and it usually precedes good weather. It blows in the morning or evening and it comes from the west.

Peler

the “king” of the Garda winds, it means really good weather. It comes from the north and it blows on the whole basin. It is constant and continuous during summer season. It is perfect to windsurf!

Gardesana

it blows from Garda towards Sirmione.

Balin

it comes after a significant drop in temperature. It strongly shakes the lake water when it hits the shores with all its strength.

Fasanella

it is a constant and usually weak wind blowing on summer; it precedes good weather and it gives the lake a blue-green colour. It blows to the east from the first hours of the afternoon to the sunset.

Visentina

it comes from San Vigilio blowing towards the south and it is caused by bad weather.

Ora

its name comes from the Latin word “aura” which means breeze; it comes from the Po valley and it blows at high speed towards the centre and the north of Garda.

Ander

it is a constant wind coming from the south-east and mainly blowing towards the south; it blows early in the afternoon only for a few hours.

“Tutto è azzurro, come un’ebbrezza improvvisa, come un capo che si rovescia per ricevere un bacio profondo. Il lago è di una bellezza indicibile”

Gabriele D'Annunzio
Monte Baldo
Lake Garda is dominated by the Monte Baldo: it is a mountain range belonging to the Garda Pre-alps, divided between the provinces of Verona and Trento, with a maximum height of 2218 m.It is also known as Hortus Europae (Europe Garden) for its variegated flora including 1952 flower and plant species.

The Monte Baldo features different climates, each one having its typical flora. The list of protected species includes the orchid; uprooting it is strictly forbidden.

Monte Baldo flora

Together with the lush flora, the mountain region also features numerous wild animal species such as chamois, marmots, roe deer, hares, pheasant, fox, badger and various snake species (almost of all them are harmless). The fauna also includes about 150 bird species.

The Monte Baldo increases the landscape beauty while attracting both photography and sport enthusiasts: they can choose between trekking, Nordic walking, mountain-bike, via ferratas and climbing.