Peschiera del Garda
A pentagon-shaped fortress-town, Peschiera del Garda is a jewel of architecture, art and culture at the southern end of the "Riviera of the Olives", the name given to the Veronese side of Lake Garda.
It has been an important centre since prehistoric times because it was an important and vital crossroad connecting the Alps and the Po Valley, Veneto and Lombardy. Its name dates back to the Longobard period, when the plentiful fishing waters changed the Latin toponym Arilica into Piscaria. First it was a Longobard territory, and later it became the domain of the Scaligeri and Visconti. It was only during the Serenissima Republic of Venice that Peschiera del Garda assumed its characteristic urban form. In the second half of the sixteenth century, a number of architects elaborated an important urban conformation, such as the Fortress and the imposing pentagonal walls. Today the ramparts and alleys of the historical centre are home to shops, hotels and fine restaurants that delight the palates of tourists with dishes belonging to the Garda culinary tradition, to be enjoyed with the excellent Lugana Doc, a white wine produced in this area. When entering the village, there is a marina and facilities for sporting activities, such as motor boating and water skiing. The long cycle path that runs through the countryside in the midst of vineyards in the hinterland connects Peschiera del Garda to Mantua. The Sanctuary of the Madonna del Frassino is worth a visit. The Fortress becomes the venue of prestigious cultural events, concerts and theatrical performances during the summer.