Visit to Brescia
Brescia is a city with a wealth of culture and places of historic and artistic interest. In the historic center, visitors may admire the Renaissance Piazza of the Loggia, faced by Palazzo Loggia, the Clock Tower and the Monti di Pietà.
Places of special interest:
- The medieval Palazzo of the Broletto, former site of the civic town hall.
- The Tosio Martinengo wine bar, housed in a 17th century palazzo, where we can admire the work of the Brescian artists of the Renaissance such as Moretto, Romanino, and Foppa, but also the work of even better known authors such as Raffaello by Urbino and Giacomo Ceruti, called the Pitocchetto.
- The late Romanesque church of San Francesco d’Assisi (St. Francis of Assisi), which stands out with its strict and basic lines; it has three naves, pointed arches, a central rose window on the facade and a splendid choir loft dating back to 1300.
- Piazza del Foro with the Tempio Capitolino, built in the first century by the Roman Emperor Vespasiano.
- The Castle perched on the Cidneo hills is one of the largest fortified complexes in Italy; the surrounding walls were built by the Visconti, and the Mastio Visconteo was built in the 14th century; inside, visitors may admire splendid frescoes.
Visit to Verona
Verona is approximately one hundred kilometers from our hotel; much of the route travels alongside the lake, initially toward the south and then eastward toward Verona, on the Gardesan state highway and next on highway A4.
On reaching the city, there are many interesting historic and artistic places to visit.
Among the most famous is:
- the Arena, a Roman amphitheater built around the first century to host the gladiators' combat. It is still active today and hosts events of various types.
- The Duomo, built on the ruins of paleo-Christian churches, has undergone many restorations and blends Roman characters with Gothic ones; it has three naves and red marble pillars.
- The home of Juliet is located in the historic center and dates back to the thirteenth century. The Gothic style residence of the Capulet family has a large courtyard where visitors may admire the famous balcony, site of her love scene with Romeo, and a bronze statue of Juliet.
- Castelvecchio and the Ponte Scaligero, a splendid fortified castle, was connected to the world beyond the river by a bridge, also used as an escape route to the countryside in case of attack; today the castle hosts the Civic Museum.
Visit to Mantua
Mantua, a Renaissance art city included by UNESCO in the list of the World Heritage sites, is located in south-eastern Lombardy, on the banks of the Mincio.
The urban center reflects the impact that the Gonzaga, former lords of the city, had on it during their rule between 1328 and 1708.
The nearly four centuries of autonomy of the Gonzaga gave the city in Virgilia an impressive artistic heritage.
The places that are certainly worth a visit include the 15th century Cathedral of San Pietro (St. Peter) (restored by Giulio Roman in 1545), the Basilica of Sant’Andrea (St. Andrew) (designed by Leon Battista Alberti), the Palazzo Ducale (Ducal Palace - a complex of buildings connected by galleries, with indoor courtyards and gardens), Palazzo Bonacolsi - Castiglioni.
Most of the interesting places face Piazza Sordello, the real heart of life in Mantua.
Also, in the immediate vicinity of the historic center is located Palazzo Te, the former summer residence of the Gonzaga, built by Marquis Federico II as lodgings for his lover Isabella Boschetti. The complex, work of Giulio Roman, has a wealth of frescoes.
Among the military architecture, the Castle of San Giorgio definitely stands out, built at the beginning of the 1400’s on the banks of the Mincio to protect the city.
The best way to reach the city from Garda Lake is definitely by car: Mantua is well connected to the network of highways with two tollbooths on A22 Brennero - Modena. We recommend, however, following A4 to the junction with A22 just before Verona, then turn into the highway toward Modena.
As an alternative, Mantua can be reached by train, changing at Verona brings Nuova and taking the connection for Modena.
The third option for reaching the city from Gargnano sulla Garda is to take an APAM bus connecting Mantua with Brescia, Sirmione or Peschiera.