Lazise

Lazise what to see

Located in the province of Verona, between the municipalities of Bardolino and Castelnuovo del Garda, Lazise is the town on Lake Garda that attracts the most tourists every year. It is located at the point where Lake Garda reaches its maximum width, and includes the two hamlets of Colà and Pacengo.

Lazise is strategically located for any kind of travel by car, bicycle, or even by boat.

Curiosity: Lazise is the first free commune in Italy, and became so back in 983.

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THE UNMISSABLE

• Castello degli Scaligeri
• La Piazza a scacchiera
• La Sirenetta del lago

top beaches

• Spiaggia delle Rose
• Spiaggia Lazise
• Spiaggia d’Oro

weekly market

• Wednesday

What to see in Lazise

Visiting Lazise will be an experience you will carry in your heart. Its narrow alleys and characteristic piazzas give it a unique and traditional appearance.

In addition to its undeniable historical-geographical charm, in the immediate surroundings of Lazise are the thermal springs of Colà and two of the most famous theme parks in Italy: Gardaland and Canevaworld.

Lazise also boasts a rich history. Just think of the majestic Scaliger Castle with its walls, which dominates the entrance to the village.

Let us now see in detail what to see in Lazise during your holiday.

The Scaliger Castle

Without a doubt, this is the first thing that leaps out at visitors. With its mighty walls, it is rightly one of the symbols of the city.

This imposing structure was built during the rule of the Lords of Verona, Bartolomeo II and Antonio della Scala, between 1375 and 1381.

The walls had three gates of access to the city, which are still visible and in use today: Porta Superiore, today called Porta San Zeno, Porta Lion, which bore the coat of arms of the Serenissima (a lion) and Porta Nuova, the last one built, today called Porta Cansignorio.

Lazise Castle today is privately owned and not open to the public, but it is possible to admire its well-preserved walls and crenellated towers from the outside.

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The Chessboard Square

The Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II in the historic centre of Lazise is a charming and picturesque place.

One of its distinctive features is the chequered paving, which attracts the attention of visitors.

The square is surrounded by shops and bars, offering a wide range of opportunities for shopping and relaxation. During special events, such as Christmas markets or the weekly market on Wednesday mornings, the square comes alive with stalls offering local products, souvenirs, handicrafts and much more.

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The old port

After crossing Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II in the historic centre of Lazise, one arrives at the old port, located in a small inlet. Today, the port is surrounded by cafés and restaurants where you can stop to admire the Dogana Veneta and the Church of San Nicolò.

The Dogana Veneta

The Venetian Customs House in Lazise is a Venetian-era building, built on the ancient port of Lazise, which served as the border between Lombardy and the Venetian Republic and was used as a customs house for the exchange of goods between the two regions. With the fall of the Venetian Republic, its function ceased and the building was used as an arsenal. Today it is an elegant conference centre and popular location for weddings on Lake Garda.
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The Church of San Nicolò

Adjacent to the Venetian Customs House is the church of San Nicolò, patron saint of sailors and fishermen. Romanesque in style, it is thought to date back to the 12th century, although it is only mentioned in official documents in 1320. Over the centuries, the small church has suffered damage from earthquakes and fires and then several renovations and modifications, but has retained much of its historical charm. The façade features a beautiful Romanesque portal, while inside, period frescoes, including some from the Gothic period, depict scenes from the life of Christ and the saints. In 1879, the church was closed by Cardinal Luigi di Canossa because it was found to be in a state of disrepair, and was used for theatrical performances. It was only in 1953 that it was restored and reopened to the faithful, and in 2020 work was completed to restore the church to its former glory.

The lakeside promenade and the lake mermaid

From the harbour, we move to the promenade overlooking the lake.
Lazise’s lakeside promenade features a unique paving stone decorated with a wave motif, recalling the sinuous ripples of the adjacent lake.

Also on the Marconi lakefront, near the new port, you can admire a bronze statue depicting a woman emerging from the water carried by a wave. Entitled ‘the little mermaid of the lake’, this sculpture was designed by architect and sculptor Libero Cecchini and inaugurated in 2018.

You cannot miss a shot of the little mermaid in your photo gallery!

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The Church of Saints Zeno and Martin

The parish church of Lazise dates back to the 18th century, on the ruins of the previous church dedicated to San Zeno. The new design envisaged a neoclassical imprint but work had to be interrupted with the arrival of Napoleon’s troops, only to resume in 1821 and be completed in 1840. The white façade with tall columns and capitals in Corinthian style is imposing.

Villa Pergolana

Villa Pergolana stands where, in the 16th century, there was a monastery of Franciscan friars, who also built the adjacent Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. In 1574, the friars sold both the monastery and the church, and after a series of transitions over the years, the present-day building was built on the site of the monastery, in perfect Lombard style with a symmetrical garden reaching down to the shores of the lake.

Things to do in Lazise

Lazise is more than just a tourist destination, it is a complete experience that allows you to immerse yourself in the beauty of Lake Garda.Here are some activities and experiences to try if you are on holiday in Lazise.

You might like these wine tours: wine tasting in the historic center of Lazise or this wine tasting with cold cuts and cheese platter.

Beaches of Lazise

The most famous free beaches in Lazise are: Spiaggia delle Rose, a pebble beach located near the old town and Spiaggia Lazise, a sandy beach almost 1 km long with bars, restaurants and pedalo and kayak rental. In Pacengo, on the other hand, you will find Spiaggia Porto Pacengo, with grassy and pebbly terrain, and the beaches La Guglia and La Bosca.

Garda Thermal Park ‘Villa Dei Cedri

In Colà di Lazise there is a thermal park with a wellness centre where you can be pampered by the beneficial properties of the thermal water that flows spontaneously here. This is the park of Villa dei Cedri, a Veneto villa dating back to the 18th century.

The therapeutic properties of the water that fills the suggestive thermal lake and pool are innumerable: it has anti-inflammatory effects, gives relief from arthro-rheumatic diseases, is an excellent adjuvant in motor recovery and a precious ally for dermatological pathologies.

A dream place to relax and strengthen body and mind.

Cellar tours

Lazise has no shortage of wine cellars where the famous ‘Bardolino’ is produced, the typical wine of the eastern area of Lake Garda made from the indigenous Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara varieties.

The wine cellars offer tasting opportunities and guided tours, allowing you to discover all the secrets of this divine nectar.

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Cooking Lessons

What to do in Lazise when it rains? Our answer is: a cooking class!

‘Cusina’ is an experience that will lead you to discover the secrets of traditional local dishes. You will learn how to prepare homemade pasta, as well as gnocchi, risottos and ravioli, which you can then enjoy with a glass of wine. Also ideal as an activity for hen and stag parties.

Cusina is located in Lazise, Corso Cangrande, 6. Book your experience now, places are going fast!

Lazise and surroundings

What to see around Lazise? If you have some time left over during your visit to Lazise, we recommend some nearby activities.

In the neighbouring municipality of Castelnuovo del Garda, you will find the well-known amusement park Gardaland, the adjacent Gardaland Sea life, a fantastic interactive aquarium with 40 tanks and sea creatures from all over the world.

Movieland the Hollywood Park, on the other hand, will transport you to the magical world of cinema with attractions, shows, artists and film sets.

And for those who want to have fun in the water there is Legoland Waterpark, the Lego-themed water park, and Caneva Aquapark with adrenaline-filled slides and a Caribbean beach.

Lazise: Faq

– By car:
A4 Milan-Venice motorway: exit at Peschiera del Garda and follow signs for Lazise.

A22 Brennero/Modena motorway: exit at Affi and follow the signs for Lazise.

-By train and bus:
The nearest railway stations to Lazise are Peschiera del Garda (VR), Desenzano del Garda (BS), Rovereto (TN), Verona and Brescia. Bus services run by several local transport companies are available from these railway stations to the town of Lazise.

-By plane:
The closest airports to Lazise are Brescia’s Gabriele D’Annunzio Airport, Verona’s Valerio Catullo Airport and Orio al Serio Airport (Bergamo). From your chosen airport, you can use public transport services or hire a car to reach Lazise.

-You can reach Lazise from other locations on the lake by ferry. Check timetables and fares with the Lake Garda navigation company. navigazionelaghi.it

Here are some car parks in Lazise:

  • Parking Marra: municipal car park, it is the largest in Lazise. It can be reached from Via Pra’ del Principe.
  • Parking San Martino: municipal car park located along via San Martino.
  • Parking Barum: municipal car park located along via Balladoro.
  • Parking Casara: municipal car park overlooking via  Alberto Della Scala, accessed via Casara.
  • Parking ‘Degli Ulivi’: private pay car park, access from the Gardesana road (Sr249) just before the Despar supermarket.

In case of rain, we recommend a cooking class with the chefs of Cusina in Lazise, Corso Cangrande, 6.

Or a wine tasting tour in one of the many wine cellars in Lazise. If you are a wine lover, we also recommend a visit to the Wine Museum in nearby Bardolino. While, if you are travelling in the company of children, we recommend a visit to the Sea life aquarium.

In addition to the fun on the beach, you can reach the most famous amusement and water parks around the lake in a few minutes. If you want to stay in Lazise, at the foot of the castle walls there is a beautiful park with games: the Play Village, with many attractions for the little ones.

In this article you will find more ideas on what to do on Lake Garda with children.

The free beaches in Lazise are: Spiaggia delle Rose, Spiaggia Lazise, and in the hamlet of Pacengo are Spiaggia Porto Pacengo, and the beaches La Guglia and La Bosca.

Lazise is located in the Veneto region, specifically in the province of Verona. The area within which Lazise is located is nicknamed the ‘olive Riviera’ due to the presence of these noble plants and stretches from Malcesine to Peschiera del Garda.

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