Brenzone sul Garda

Brenzone sul Garda: what to see

Brenzone sul Garda is located on the Verona side of the lake, and its territory also includes part of the Monte Baldo massif.

It is a scattered municipality, i.e. it does not have a real historic centre, but is composed of no less than sixteen small hamlets.

The origin of the town’s name is still debated today: according to some theories, it may derive from an ancient Germanic tribe, the Brenni, who sacked the area, while for others the name derives from Brenno, the famous leader of the Senon Gauls. Other theories attribute the origin of the name to the locution berg-zone, or ‘mountain area’, probably alluding to the proximity of Monte Baldo.

Curiosity: In February 2014, a referendum was held in which the name of the village was changed from ‘Brenzone’ to ‘Brenzone sul Garda’, with 70 per cent of the votes in favour.

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THE UNMISSABLE

• Chiesa di San Pietro a Campo
• Villa Romana di Castelletto
• Il “balot tacà via”

top beaches

• Spiaggia Lavesino
• Spiaggia di Castelletto
• Spiaggia Acquafresca

weekly market

• Thursday

What to see in Brenzone

Due to its physical and geographical characteristics, visiting Brenzone sul Garda is an adventurous experience! The sixteen nuclei of which the town is composed give the impression of discovering ever new views and different points of view. Castelletto, Magugnano, Porto and Assenza are the largest settlements and retain the structure and flavour of the ancient fishing villages developed around the harbour.

The eclectic and varied character of Brenzone sul Garda is also revealed by its natural transition from the lake to the mountains: Prada, another district of Brenzone, lies in the heart of Monte Baldo. This is the starting point for numerous trails, rich in history and nature, which can be explored on foot, by mountain bike, or by taking the Prada-Costabella lift.

A visit to Brenzone engages the senses and interests of its visitors; here then in detail is what to see in Brenzone sul Garda.

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ROMAN VILLA

During excavations to extend the cemetery in Brenzone sul Garda, a fortuitous and fortunate discovery was made: ancient remains of Roman walls. This exceptional discovery triggered an important project of valorisation and research in 2005.

The Villa of Brenzone was the first to be found on the eastern shore of the lake and is in no way inferior to the villas discovered on the Brescian shore such as those in Toscolano or Sirmione. In line with these, the Villa was arranged in terraces sloping down towards the lake, with a clear scenic layout.

So far eight rooms have been counted, and it is assumed that there was a further floor, which has been lost.

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photo: www.brenzone.it

ETHNOGRAPHIC MUSEUM

It is located in the centre of the hamlet of Castelletto, and is set up in what was once the home of Santa Madre Maria Domenica Mantovani, co-founder, with Blessed Giuseppe Nascimbeni, of the ‘Piccole Suore della Sacra Famiglia’ (Little Sisters of the Holy Family) Institute.

It faithfully reproduces an ancient dwelling of the upper Lake Garda area, between the 19th and 20th centuries. Inside are furnishings, period furniture and equipment related to the typical activities of the time: fishing, olive growing, sheep farming and silkworm breeding.

THE CASTELLETTO STONE

The Brenzone Town Hall houses the so-called ‘Pietra di Castelletto’, a boulder covered with rock carvings dating back 4,500 years.

THE ISLAND OF TRIMELONE

It can only be seen from the lake, as it is not accessible because it has become a protected oasis. It is one of the few islands on Lake Garda. It lies 300 metres from the coast, opposite Assenza di Brenzone.

Already in the 10th century a fortress was built on the island to shelter the population from the Hungarian invasion. It was destroyed by Frederick Barbarossa and then rebuilt by the Della Scala lords.

Later, the island was re-established as an outpost of the Kingdom of Italy against the Austro-Hungarian Empire during the First World War, and later during the Second World War, only to be dismantled when the conflict was over.

The explosive materials stored on the island were thrown into the lake, but since 2005, an extremely delicate clearance operation began, given the condition of the explosives, which ended with the collection of no less than 26,000 bombs.

A ban on docking, landing and fishing still applies today.

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CHURCH OF SAN PIETRO

In the hamlet of Campo stands a small church with a simple and cosy structure. It presumably dates back to the 14th century, but its façade as it appears to us today dates back to an 18th-century reconstruction, which, however, retains the original structure. The interior of the church reflects the external structure, with a single nave leading to the simple altar.

Despite its elementary appearance, the church of San Pietro is rich in frescoes on the archway and side walls, the work of Maestro Giorgio da Riva.

CHURCH OF SAN ZENO

We are in Castelletto di Brenzone, where the church of San Zeno presumably arose on the ruins of a pagan temple. It is a church with an unmistakable Romanesque style, dating back to the 11th-13th centuries.

It was the main church of the large Brenzone area, before it became the church dedicated to St John the Baptist.

The church of San Zeno has a very eclectic style, due to numerous interventions over time, at least three.

Inside, there are late Romanesque frescoes in Byzantine style.

CHURCH OF SANT’ANTONIO

In the Biaza district, stands the Church of St. Anthony Abbot, of uncertain age, but datable to between the second half of the 14th and the early 15th century, based on the dating of the fresco depicting St. Christopher on the southern exterior wall.

The church as it appears to us today is almost the original, in Romanesque style.

Inside we find remains of paintings commissioned by Paolo Brenzone and placed between the 14th and 15th centuries, and a modern altarpiece, dating from the 19th century, depicting St. Anthony Abbot in adoration of the Virgin.

CHURCH OF SAINT CARLO BORROMEO

We are in Castelletto di Brenzone, and the initial small church was built between 1630 and 1656, before being elected parish church in 1680.

A necessary extension dates back to 1759 due to the increase in population.

As we know it today, the church dates back to 1905 and was consecrated in 1908.

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What to do in Brenzone sul Garda

FREE BEACHES

One of the things to do if you are on holiday in Brenzone during the warmer months is to spend a day at the beach. Due to the natural configuration of the coastline, the beaches in Brenzone are mostly pebbles and gravel. We present the free beaches in the area:

  • The beach at Castelletto di Brenzone is small and stony. Accessible from the south entrance, parking is not convenient but bars and restaurants can be found nearby. It is not a shady beach, so we recommend that you bring a parasol. Also in Castelletto, which can be reached from the northern entrance, is another, larger beach, again pebbled and rocky. There is a snack bar and a restaurant nearby, but again, parking is not convenient.
  • In the hamlet of Assenza, there are still small free beaches. From here, there is a beautiful view of the island of Trimelone.
  • The Lavesino beach is narrow and stony, but the water is crystal clear. It too is not equipped, so we recommend that you bring your own deckchair and parasol.
  • The Acquafresca beach in Brenzone is also pebbly and not equipped. It is also famous for the festivals and events held here in summer.

BOAT TRIPS

At the Brenzone landing stage it is possible to take a boat for excursions to other places on the lake such as Desenzano, Sirmione or Limone sul Garda.

NORDIC WALKING PARK

The Nordic Walking Park Brenzone sul Garda, inaugurated in 2015, offers an immersive experience in nature, offering spectacular panoramic views and allowing you to discover the historical and cultural charm of the villages along the route. It covers a total length of 20 kilometres and features four distinct itineraries, marked by different colours, which can be adapted to the preferences and physical fitness of each individual.

The park route passes through all the hamlets of the municipality of Brenzone sul Garda, following ancient roads and mule tracks, thus making the experience unique.

WATER SPORTS

In Brenzone sul Garda, the meeting of the north wind, the ‘Pelèr’, and the south wind, the ‘Ora’, creates the ideal situation for water sports enthusiasts: sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, water skiing, SUP and kayaking.

Castelletto di Brenzone is home to the Circolo Nautico, which offers sailing courses for adults, teenagers and children.

At the Acquafresca sport centre, you can also find a football pitch and a beach volleyball court, both available on reservation.

For lovers of movement on land, on the other hand, the ideal thing to do is to take a nice walk along the cycle-pedestrian path that runs along the Brenzone lakefront as far as Malcesine.

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PRADA-COSTABELLA CABLE CAR

From the hamlet of Prada, it is possible to reach the southern summit of Monte Baldo by cable car.

The facilities were completely renovated in August 2022.

Monte Baldo has been nicknamed ‘Hortus Europae’ because of the native tree species and the great variety of plants that flourish here.

From the arrival station, numerous paths lead to refuges such as Fiori del Baldo and Chierego.

More information on funiviedelbaldo.it

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photo: funiviedelbaldo.it

Brenzone and surroundings

We now reveal some sights to see around Brenzone:

– The ARIL RIVER flows in the nearby village of Cassone. Considered the shortest river in the world at 175 metres long, it is crossed by three bridges and forms a small waterfall before flowing into Lake Garda.

– THE ANCIENT BORGO DI CAMPO is perhaps the most picturesque hamlet of Brenzone sul Garda. It is an evocative village of stone houses of medieval origin, popping up unexpectedly among the vegetation. Abandoned at the end of the 19th century, a number of dwellings have recently been restored in Campo, dedicated to craft workshops and refreshment areas.

– THE ‘BALOT TACA’ VIA’ is an enormous boulder wedged between two rock walls. Of great scenic impact, to see it you must set off on a small hike from the hamlet of Sommavilla.

Brenzone sul Garda: FAQ

BY CAR

Arriving from the north: Brennero A22 motorway, exit Rovereto Sud, take the SS240 to Mori and then the SR249 road running along the lake in a southerly direction.

Arriving from the South: A4 motorway, Peschiera exit, take the SR249 in a northerly direction skirting the lake.

BY TRAIN

The nearest railway station to Brenzone sul Garda is Peschiera del Garda on the Milan-Venice line, then continue by bus.

BY AIRPLANE

The most convenient airports are Valerio Catullo in Villafranca di Verona and Orio al Serio airport in Bergamo. From here you can continue by local transport or hire a car.

BY FERRY

Only the bicycle and pedestrian ferry arrives at Castelletto di Brenzone. Ferries carrying cars also stop at Torri del Benaco or Malcesine.

For info and timetables: navigazionelaghi.it

In case of rain, we can recommend exploring the local wine cellars and enjoying a wine tasting. For wine enthusiasts, there is a museum dedicated to the world of wine in Bardolino. Alternatively, you could opt for a shopping session at the nearby Grand’Affi Shopping Centre.

For more tips read our article what to do on Lake Garda if it rains.

In addition to beach life, Lake Garda is teeming with amusement parks such as Gardaland (Castelnuovo del Garda) and Movieland (Lazise), and water parks such as Caneva World (Lazise) and Parco Acquatico Cavour (Valeggio sul Mincio)

For nature lovers, in Bussolengo (VR), there is Parco Natura Viva, a zoo-safari with animals from all over the world.

Next to Gardaland is the Sea Life Aquarium, a themed aquarium with fish from as many as a hundred different species.

Brenzone sul Garda is one of the lakeside towns belonging to the Veneto region and is located in the province of Verona.

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