Best for: Cycling, Sightseeing, Walking, Culture, Active
Transfer time: Verona 1 hour
Torri del Benaco is a tranquil and unspoilt retreat; a pretty resort, with the town itself being its main attraction. This medieval town is packed full of characterful buildings and historic sights, has a charming port and of course the impressive Scaliger Castle and all serves to give a real Italian experience, all without the crowds of some of Lake Garda’s other resorts. Enticingly peaceful, Torri is an idyllic place to soak up the sun and take in the lake and mountain views. The hills around Torri del Benaco also offer some of the best walking trails accessible around Lake Garda
Torri del Benaco is dominated by the magnificent 13th century Scaliger castle and its medieval walls. The museum in the castle is worth a visit to find out more about the local area, it is closed on Mondays. Also worth seeing are the religious icons in Pietro Paolo Church on Torri’s main square, a lovely cool respite on a hot summer day. Many of the buildings date back to the time when Torri del Benaco was the lake’s maritime capital.
The old town has a maze of pretty, traffic-free streets to explore and discover beautiful shops, ice-cream parlours and inviting delicatessens. Take in the stunning views through stone arches, along the lakeside path or on the walk up to Albisano. You can also take a bus to Malcesine and get the cable car to the top of Monte Baldo for fantastic views and an abundance of walking trails.
In the evenings stroll around the colourful harbour and enjoy a drink or ice cream at a lakeside cafe, enjoying the relaxed atmosphere and impressively floodlit castle. Head for one of the other resorts, like Garda or Bardolino for a something a bit livelier or take your dinner in Casteletto, just a bus ride away.
There are local buses to take you up and down the lake or an excellent ferry service to take you to most of the resorts on the lake.
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