Lazise, a prestigious holiday resort on the eastern shore of Lake Garda, is characterized by its fascinating history which has its roots in ancient times. This is borne out by its name that derives from the Latin "Iacus", meaning a lakeside village, and the remains of a large village of stilt houses from the Neolithic period that were found in the hamlet of Pacengo. Dominated by the fascinating Rocca Scaligera, Lazise is entirely surrounded by a circle of turreted walls that enclose the historical centre, now full of elegant restaurants and craft shops. Medieval alleys intersect it, while an elegant square opens onto the old port and onto the promenade that leads to the beaches.
The famous Venetian Customs stands on the marina, a construction dating back to the domination of the Serenissima, which held a small fleet of boats for the control of traffic here. Some ancient shipwrecks lie on the bottom of the lake in the area overlooking the port. The church of San Niccolò, where you can admire splendid fourteenth-century frescoes, is of great artistic interest, while an aedicule exhibits an ancient Madonna dating back to the thirteenth century outside. Lazise is an important and popular tourist centre on the Riviera of Olives, with comfortable hotels and a well-equipped campsite. Sports and leisure facilities, as well as important music events and excellent cuisine made with top quality local products, such as oil, wine and lake fish, complete the tourist offer.