By staying at Tenuta la Pergola, near Bardolino, in Veneto with a plendid view over the lower Lake Garda, you will have the chance to discover the places and artistic beauties of Lake Garda: on the tracks of Napoleon Bonaparte.
Located on the eastern coast of Lake Garda, the town of Bardolino, in the province of Verona, is a real gem, rich in historical, artistic and cultural attractions. The churches are really very characteristic and one cannot help but mention the Chiesa di San Severo, the Chiesa di San Zeno and finally the Chiesa di S. Pietro. The Chiesa di San Severo is a building dating back to 1109, in Romanesque style as well as being rich in frescoes dating back to the twelfth century.
The Chiesa di San Zeno dates back to the ninth century and is one of the most characteristic examples of Carolingian architecture in Verona and, in general, the typical art of northern Italy. The Chiesa di San Pietro, on the other hand, dates back to the 11th century and presents a typically medieval architecture. In the 18th century the facade was rebuilt and embellished with frescoes by Saint Peter and the painter Bartolomeo Zeni, born in the municipality of Bardolino. Not to be missed is a visit to the museum of extra virgin olive oil, a production that for decades the Turri family (native from the town of Cisano), has been handed down from generation to generation since 1954. The gastronomic tour continues with the wine museum, which has been set up inside the renowned Cantina Zeni located in the municipality of Costabella di Bardolino. A must-see for wine connoisseurs!
Rocca di Garda
For lovers of trekking, the Rocca di Garda might be the perfect destination. It is a hilly ridge, which divides the municipalities of Bardolino and Garda. It is possible to choose different paths to follow, some of which are quite rocky and tough. Once you get to the top you can enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view, which overlooks the lake and the Gulf. It is a landscape that will reward all the efforts made!
Following Napoleon’s footsteps – Museo Napoleonico di Rivoli
The deeds of Napoleon are documented, and jealously preserved, in the Napoleonic Museum of Rivoli. It is a collection of items and documents belonging to Professor Galanti, ancestor of Francesco Galanti. The latter was the commander of the ship that took Napoleon to his exile in Elba. Particular attention has been paid to the Battle of Rivoli, which owes its name to the museum.
The city of Verona deserves a special visit. Not to be missed: the Arena, the statue of Juliet and her balcony from which to look out and exchange a promise of eternal love with your loved one who is under the balcony.