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The villages and the cities of art surrounding Lake Garda, between Lombardy and Veneto

Booking your holiday at Gallo delle Pille, located in Monzambano, in the province of Mantua, in Lombardy, you will discover the beautiful villages that surround Lake Garda and the historical and cultural heritage of Verona and Mantua.


In Valeggio sul Mincio, in the village of Borghetto there is the PONTE VISCONTEO. This dam bridge was built in the 14th century by Gian Galeazzo Visconti  to protect the eastern borders of the duchy. The bridge is 650 m long and 21 m wide and it is crossed by many waterways and roads from north to south.

Ponte Visconteo


In the center of Castellaro Lagusello, a suburb of Monzambano,  you will find the medieval castle  Built around the 13th century by the Scaligeri family, it was a highly disputed building due to its strategic position near to the border.


Surrounded on four sides from Lake Garda, the SCALIGERO CASTLE of Sirmione is the access point to the historic center. A rare example of lake based fortification, it is one of the best preserved castles in Italy. Crossing the historical center, you will reach the CAVES OF CATULLO, an example of a noble private building that belonged to the family of the poet Catullo.

Sirmione’s Castle


Villa dei Cedri di Colà Lazise has hosted the Garda Thermal Park for several years. The main building is a neoclassical residence dating back to 18th century. The interiors are decorated with valuable artistic works. In the historic center of Lazise there is the CASTLE whose ruins are enclosed in the enclosure of Villa Bernini.


The city of Verona is rich in historical buildings that show the various styles and historical periods of  this beautiful city.

Located in the historic center of Verona is the ARENA, with a rich schedule of plays, is one of the largest buildings that have characterized the Roman architecture.

The SCALIGERO CASTLE is located in the town of Villafranca di Verona. Its construction began in 1199 and ended in 1202. In 1935 its moat was dried up and were planted many kinds of plants.

The castle is located  under the area of the Roman Forum PIAZZA ERBE, where once,  the political and economic life of the community took place.

One of the most important monuments of Verona is represented by the BASILICA DI SAN ZENO dedicated to a saint of African origin who is credited with many miracles.


PALAZZO DELLA REGIONE is an historic building located in the Piazza delle Erbe in Mantua. The palace was built in 1250 on the ruins of an older building. It was badly damaged during the earthquake in 2012, today it is used to host exhibitions and events.

Between 1524 and 1534, the Gonzaga built the PALAZZO TE,  a monumental palace in Mantua, today hosting the Civic Museum, where they organize art and architecture exhibitions.

In Piazza delle Erbe in Mantua is also the TORRE DELL’OROLOGIO (clock tower), a Renaissance style building that hosts the Museo del Tempo, where ancient watch mechanisms are exposed.

Moreover in Piazza delle Erbe is still the ROTONDA DI SAN LORENZO, a Catholic church built in the 11th century. The church was built by desire of Matilda di Canossa as an evocation of the resurrection of Jerusalem. After the restoration it was reopened and destined again for worship only in 1926.

Torre dell’Orologio

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