Valeggio sul Mincio
On the border between Lombardy and Veneto, south of Lake Garda, Valeggio sul Mincio is located in the natural amphitheater of the morainic hills overlooking the Po Valley.
From the top of the hill, the Scaligero Castle dominates the village and the Mincio valley, with its three towers. Of its oldest part, razed to the ground by an earthquake in 1117, only the Round Tower remains, unique horseshoe construction. It was equipped with three drawbridges, of which only one is preserved.
In the historic center of Valeggio there are Palazzo Guarienti, in strict neoclassical style, where in 1796 Napoleon Bonaparte stayed, and the sumptuous Villa Maffei Sigurtà, seat in 1859 of the headquarters of the Emperor of Austria Franz Joseph. At the back of the villa lies the Sigurtà Garden Park, a botanical and landscape area considered one of the most beautiful garden parks in the world. Once a strategic ford point of the Mincio, Borghetto owes its charm to the harmonious relationship between history and nature and is one of the most visited destinations among those of the "Club of the most beautiful villages in Italy".
The medieval atmosphere is underlined by the fortresses of the Ponte Visconteo, built in 1393 by Gian Galeazzo Visconti, Duke of Milan.