Elegant Venetian style buildings, one of the most extensive beaches of the Riviera degli Ulivi, a network of narrow streets full of tourists make Garda a charming holiday destination. The gulf is enclosed to the north by Mount Luppia, which forms the enchanting Punta San Vigilio and to the south by the Rocca Hill, which can be reached by going along an arduous path surrounded by typical Mediterranean vegetation. In the Middle Ages, the castle of Garda stood on the Rocca, which was so important that the ancient Latin name of the lake "Benacus" was changed to the current "Lake Garda". An easy walk of about three kilometers leads to the romantic promontory of Punta San Vigilio, an oasis of peace and poetry that has inspired prestigious guests and which gets its name from a monk who lived in this place in the thirteenth century. The alleys of the centre of Garda, once inhabited by fishermen, now host elegant shops and welcoming restaurants that prepare lake fish, a basic ingredient of the local gastronomy. Numerous hotels and residences and a modern congress building complete the offer of this renowned tourist destination. An ideal place for nature loving sports enthusiasts, because the Lake offers sailing, windsurfing, swimming and other outdoor disciplines, such as mountain biking, golf, tennis, horse-riding or free-climbing. Interesting cultural visits can be made to the small church dedicated to San Vigilio on the marina, to the splendid Villa Brenzoni Guarienti, built in the first half of the sixteenth century, as well as to Villa Albertini and to the Pieve with its ancient cloister.