Torri del Benaco

Torri del Benaco What to see

One of the most elegant municipalities of Lake Garda is Torri del Benaco, located on the Veronese shore. It extends inland, including the hamlets of Pai, Crero, Ca’ Tronconi and Albisano, on the slopes of Monte Baldo. Torri del Benaco borders Garda to the south and Brenzone to the north.

The town of Torri del Benaco has ancient origins, appearing in fact in an ancient Roman edict of Emperor Claudius (46 A.D.).

At the beginning of the 10th century it was the seat of King Berengarius, who had the city walls and castle built in nearby Pai. Torri del Benaco then came under the rule of the Scaligeri, who strengthened its defences by enlarging the walls and castle between 1383 and 1393.

Curiosity: The first traces of human settlement in Torri del Benaco date back to 2000 BC.

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Torri del Benaco in pills

THE UNMISSABLE

• Castello Scaligero
• Torre dell’orologio 
• Ponte tibetano

top beaches

• Sbocco Valle Randina
• Lido Brancolino
• Sunset Beach 

weekly market

• Monday

What to see in Torri del Benaco

cosa fare a torri del benaco

With its charming cobbled streets, striking castle and panoramic views of the lake, Torri del Benaco is a Lake Garda destination not to be missed. With its slightly nostalgic, not too commercial charm, it really is a gem.

Its name refers, on the one hand, to its castle, while the toponym Benàco (once the name of the lake) is of Celtic origin bennacus (horned), and refers to the shape of the lake.

Let us now discover what to see in Torri del Benaco:

THE SCALIGER CASTLE

Built in 1383 by order of the Scaligeri, the lords of Verona, the castle of Torri del Benaco consists of three crenellated towers and a keep.

The castle unfortunately remained in a state of total abandonment until 1980, but a major restoration project brought it back to its former glory in 1983.

It contains a remarkable glasshouse built in 1760 that still houses a variety of citrus fruits, including lemons, oranges, mandarins and citrons, and an ethnographic museum on Garda culture and traditions, with rooms dedicated to various activities such as fishing, olive cultivation, as well as rock testimonies.

The castle can be visited all the way to the keep, where you can enjoy an enchanting panorama from above over the lake and the town.

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THE HISTORICAL CENTRE

In addition to the castle, the small harbour with the palace of the Capitano del Lago (Lake Captain), where the Gardesana Council used to meet to discuss matters concerning the Veronese shore of the lake, is extremely charming.

There are two churches you can visit in Torri del Benaco: the small Church of the Holy Trinity (15th century) with a rich variety of frescoes of the Giotto school inside, and the Parish Church dedicated to St Peter and St Paul. As we see it today, it dates back to 1731 and stands on the site of a pre-existing Romanesque church dedicated to the two saints.

The splendid 16th-century Clock Tower, or Town Hall Tower, also stands in the historic centre. Initially a watch and bell tower, it was later enriched with a clock.

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What to do in Torri del Benaco

Let us now discover the things to do in Torri del Benaco; take notes if you plan to visit this picturesque lakeside town.

Beaches of Torri del Benaco

For lovers of beach life, Torri del Benaco-for its geographical configuration-has perhaps few, but good ones.
The main beach in Torri del Benaco is the Sbocco Valle Randina beach, wide and with free access.
Right in front of the Scaligero Castle, on the other hand, is Sunset Beach, a favourite with young people because it offers a Caribbean ambience with white sand, excellent cocktails and music.

Lido Brancolino, on the other hand, is a fee-paying beach that offers the possibility of renting deckchairs, sunbeds and umbrellas.

We end with the renowned Baia delle Sirene, located halfway between the town of Garda and Torri. It is a corner of paradise in the green, served by bars and restaurants for every need.

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Weekly market

In Torri del Benaco the weekly market is held on Monday morning in the streets of the historic centre. This is a good opportunity to do some shopping among the colourful stalls selling local products, clothing and fresh food.

the Tibetan Bridge

In the hamlet of Crero, a small village of perched houses, is this 30-metre-long steel bridge suspended at a height of 40 metres. Starting from Crero, you will reach the bridge with a walk of about two kilometres. Like any suspension bridge, it sways slightly, but there is still a feeling of stability due to the non-slip gratings. It can be walked by up to 15 people at a time. Bicycles must be carried by hand.

Once over the bridge, you can reach another charming village, Pai, accompanied by breathtaking views and glimpses.

The bridge was inaugurated in 2019, and its construction also depended on the desire to unite two important hiking trails.

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Torri del Benaco and surroundings

Are you wondering what to do around Torri del Benaco? Well, we have a few tips for you.

First of all, we suggest you explore not only the centre of Torri, and thus the coastal part, but also its picturesque hamlets at the foot of Monte Baldo, such as Pai and Crero: authentic villages where time seems to have stood still and which will give you a truly breathtaking view of Lake Garda from above.

If you have more time on your hands and want to explore other villages on Lake Garda, know that from Torri del Benaco it is easy to reach Garda, Bardolino, Lazise and, towards the north, Brenzone and Malcesine. These are the nearest towns, reachable in a short time. If, on the other hand, you prefer to explore the other shores of the lake, you can take a ferry and reach, for example, Toscolano-Maderno, the ‘neighbouring’ municipality on the Brescia side of Lake Garda, or other towns by hiring a boat or using the public boat service.

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Torri del Benaco: Faq

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

A22 Brennero/Modena motorway: exit at Affi and follow the signs for Torri del Benaco.

-By train and bus:
The nearest railway stations to Torri del Benaco are Peschiera del Garda (VR), Desenzano del Garda (BS), Rovereto (TN), Verona and Brescia. From the railway stations mentioned above, bus services run by various local transport companies are available to the town of Torri del Benaco.

-By plane:
The closest airports to Torri del Benaco 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 Torri del Benaco.

-It is possible to reach Torri del Benaco from other locations on the lake by ferry. Check timetables and fares with the Lake Garda shipping company.

Some of the car parks in Torri del Benaco are:

-Parking in Via A. Dall’ Oca Bianca (free)

-Parking Gardesana, Via Gardesana, 28 (with fee)

We recommend a visit to the local wine cellars with wine tasting. Also for wine lovers, there is a museum dedicated to the subject in Bardolino. Always a good option in case of rain is a bit of shopping at the nearby Grand’Affi Shopping Centre.

In addition to bathing on the beach or walking across the Tibetan bridge, as explained on this page, if you are on holiday with children, we recommend moving to the nearby municipality of Castelnuovo del Garda and discovering its water parks and amusement parks that will not leave the little ones disappointed.

Torri del Benaco is located in Veneto, in the province of Verona. Lake Garda also bathes the regions of Trentino and Lombardy.

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