Padenghe sul Garda

Padenghe sul Garda what to see

Padenghe sul Garda is a municipality located on the south-western shore of Lake Garda, in the province of Brescia, within the Valtenesi area: an area that also includes other lakeside towns such as Moniga, Manerba and San Felice del Benaco.

In addition to its beautiful beaches, Padenghe is also very popular thanks to its various points of historical and cultural interest, often surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes.

Like all Valtenesi localities, Padenghe is also home to many fine wine cellars, famous for the cultivation of the Grappello vineyard.

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THE UNMISSABLE

• Castello di Padenghe
• Palazzo Barbieri
• Visita alle cantine vinicole

top beaches

  • Spiaggia Casina
  • Lido di Padenghe
  • Lido Copelia

weekly market

  • Saturday afternoon

What to see in Padenghe sul Garda

Padenghe sul Garda is one of the most charming places on the Brescia side of Lake Garda. If you are planning an excursion or a multi-day holiday in Padenghe but don’t know what to see, don’t worry: here is a short list of the best points of interest.

Padenghe Castle

Padenghe is home to what is considered to be the oldest castle in the entire Valtenesi area: situated on the top of a hill, it dominates the entire town from above. The first construction of the castle dates back to around the year 1000, although over the centuries it underwent several extensions.

The structure we see today, in particular, is the result of a total reconstruction that took place between the 13th and 14th centuries. It is then the restorations carried out at the end of the 19th century and about sixty years ago that allow us to admire the complex in the excellent condition it is in today: the sensation is that of being catapulted into the past.

The castle has a rectangular plan and its walls still contain some dwellings. There are three towers in total, the tallest of which measures about 20 metres and immediately catches the eye of the onlooker.

This tower can currently be visited at certain times and periods of the year, and offers a suggestive view of Padenghe, Lake Garda and other surrounding localities.

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Barbieri Palace

This wonderful 18th-century palace is located in the centre of Padenghe, next to the parish church. During restoration work, it was discovered that part of the building actually dates back to the 16th century.

The elegant stone and pebble façade is particularly fascinating, as is the six-columned entrance hall and the majestic marble staircase leading to the first floor. Today, Palazzo Barbieri is owned by the Municipality of Padenghe, and is used as its municipal headquarters.

Church of Santa Maria Assunta

Santa Maria Assunta is the parish church of Padenghe. In addition to the beautiful bell tower, the church’s highlight is its interior: meticulously decorated, it consists of a single large nave with no less than eight chapels at its sides, introduced by round arches.

It also houses works of great cultural and artistic value, such as the altarpiece by Paolo Farinati or the marble statues by Antonio Calegari.

What to do in Padenghe sul Garda

The beaches of Padenghe

Like any town overlooking Lake Garda, Padenghe offers its visitors excellent beaches on which to relax, sunbathe or take a swim. All the beaches are gravel and pebbles, and are equipped with bars and kiosks to provide refreshment during the hot summer days.

Here are the main beaches in Padenghe:

-Beach Casina: free beach with paid parking. The Casina Restaurant, with fish specialities, overlooks this beach.

-Lido di Padenghe: free beach with the possibility of hiring umbrellas, sunbeds and even pedalos.

-Lido Copelia: both public and equipped beach, with the possibility of using various facilities and rental services.

SUP course and rental

Stand up paddle (or SUP for short) is a variant of surfing that has become increasingly popular and widespread in recent years. Its peculiarity is that you stand on the board, which is therefore wider than a classic surfboard, and use a paddle to move forward. Just in Padenghe there is Puffin Sup, from which it is possible to both rent equipment and enrol in courses to learn how to practice this fun sport.

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Visit to wine cellars

The vineyards of the Valtenesi, where Padenghe is located, are famous for a particular type of vine that only grows in these areas: the Grappello. This particular variety is particularly prized, and is used in the production of all types of wine in the area, including the very famous Garda Classico. So, for wine lovers, a visit with wine-tasting in one of the beautiful wine cellars around Padenghe is certainly recommended.

Museum Workshop of History

This museum of arts and crafts is located in Monte, in the municipality of Padenghe. The project for this museum was initiated more than forty years ago by Gianfranco Zuliani and his father Gianbattista. Visiting it, one can discover countless working tools belonging to the traditions of the past, some dating back as far as three centuries. The museum is open every day and its owner provides a room and a terrace to host aperitifs or dinners, if booked in advance.

Padenghe and surroundings

In the vicinity of Padenghe sul Garda are some of the most prestigious destinations around the lake. Desenzano del Garda, for example, is easily reached either by car (10 minutes) or by bicycle (20 minutes).

On the northern side, however, Padenghe borders the beautiful municipality of Moniga del Garda, beyond which lies the equally interesting Manerba del Garda.

An always valid alternative is to take advantage of the ferry service, from which you can also easily reach the beautiful Sirmione.

The opportunities available to you are endless, whether it is an out-of-town excursion or a multi-day holiday: arm yourself with curiosity and allow yourself to be fascinated by this enchanting area.

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Padenghe Lake Garda: FAQ

-By car
A4 motorway (Turin-Venice), Desenzano exit. Then continue in the direction of Salò.

-By train
The nearest railway station is Desenzano. Several bus lines depart from here, stopping in Padenghe.

-By plane
The nearest airports to Padenghe 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 Padenghe.

Here’s where to park your car in Padenghe:

-Parking Belvedere: in Via Antonio Gramsci, free and very close to the Castle of Padenghe.

-Parking Giuseppe Verdi: in Via Giuseppe Verdi, it’s free and close to Palazzo Barbieri and the church of Santa Maria Assunta.

-Parking Filza: in Vicolo Fratelli Beretta, free and close to the centre.

-Parking Padenghe: in Via G. Marconi, for a fee and next to the beach.

If it rains during your stay in Padenghe, you will still have the opportunity to visit the historical centre: you can find shelter from the rain inside its shops and premises, taking the opportunity to go shopping or to taste typical dishes.

Another tip is to visit the wonderful interior of the church of Santa Maria Assunta to admire the many works of art it contains.

Finally, in case of rain, you can opt for a wine tasting inside the Valtenesi’s prized wine cellars.

The Padenghe area and its surroundings offer many activities to do with the whole family.

One above all is a visit to the Castle of Padenghe, which is sure to enchant children, especially with the possibility of climbing the main tower.

In addition to the classic beach games, the experience of stand-up paddle (SUP) is especially recommended for the more sporty children, also through specialised courses.

Finally, just over half an hour’s drive from Padenghe are two of Italy’s most important theme parks: Gardaland and Movieland. Needless to say, fun is guaranteed here for the whole family.

Padenghe is known as one of the most renowned resorts in the entire Valtenesi region, apart from the fact that it overlooks Lake Garda.

Its most famous structures are Palazzo Barbieri and the spectacular castle overlooking the town from above.

Padenghe is the perfect place for lake lovers, thanks to its beaches, but also for history, culture and nature enthusiasts.

Padenghe is located in the region of Lombardy, in the province of Brescia. It is part of the Valtenesi territory, and overlooks the south-western shore of Lake Garda.

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