Peschiera Elements - Earth Water Fire
Exploring the incredible defensive system by land and by water: forts, castles, towers, fortresses, prisons and museums.
The history of Peschiera del Garda is a history of battles and conflicts. The history of a town grown between land and water and forged in fire. This tour will provide you with a complete picture of both the beautiful surroundings and the incredible history of Peschiera. You will be given access to one of the most impressive defensive systems from the Middle Ages to today.
Tourism Peschiera Infopoint - Piazzale Cesare Betteloni 15 - 37019 Peschiera del Garda (VR)
• Forte Papa (Visit of 20 minutes)
You will visit the military building from 1850, with 6 cannons, 2 howitzers and 2 mortars, that was guarded by 106 soldiers.
• Forte Ardietti (Visit of 35 minutes)
Forte Ardietti, a stronghold built between 1856 and 1861 that was part of the territorial Habsburg defensive system of the Austrian "Quadrilatero". Subsequently, the fort was used as ammunition storage until the nineties.
• Castello di Ponti (Visit of 45 minutes)
The imposing, almost entirely preserved medieval castle is situated in Ponti sul Mincio.
The castle is completely enclosed by a wall that includes 5 towers. Built on a hill and defended by the Mincio, the castle was of considerable military importance for the defensive system of the Scaliger territory along the Mincio and was often involved in the wars between Verona and Mantua.
• Torre Viscontea (Visit of 20 minutes)
Built in 1387 by Gian Galeazzo Visconti, Lord of Milan, landmark of the town of Castelnuovo del Garda. A 20-minute tour of the Visconti complex: its construction was linked to the need to take control of Verona, after the victory of the Duchy Visconti over the Scala family.
• Boat tour (30 minutes)
A fascinating tour around the Venetian walls, through canals, under bridges and flowered balconies in an incomparable setting.
• Fortress and Military Prison XXX Maggio (Visit of 60 minutes)
You will visit the four floors of the former Austrian military hospital from 1866, a bomb-proof building able to house up to 600 injured people during war. It was subsequently converted into a military prison. Here you will relive the stages of the Italian wars of independence.
You will then continue the tour in the military barracks of the Rocca and in the Rocchetta Scaligera where you will find the ruins of the Scaliger Castle, built on a Roman tower from the first century B.C. on the ancient Via Gallica in 1200. You will visit cells, visiting rooms, offices of the gendarmerie and you will be surprised by the most important complex of Peschiera del Garda, not only because of its size but above all because of the building's quality.
• Palazzina Storica (Visit of 10 minutes)
A beautiful neoclassical building, surrounded by the centuries-old Catullo Park.
The so-called Kommandanten-Haus, in the "Habsburg district of town", was part of the defensive line known as "Quadrilatero". It was the meeting place of the famous Inter-Allied Conference of 1917 under King Vittorio Emanuele III that decided the Italian resistance on the river Piave which would lead to the victory of the First World War. The Sala Storica (Historical Hall) still preserves the king's desk with his inkwell and quill. Also worth mentioning are the frescoes that portray the crucial moment in the history of Italy.
• Museum of Fishing and Lake traditions (Visit of 20 minutes)
In the impressive Radetzky Room, a former fireworks laboratory, you will discover ancient customs and testimonies of a time when fishing used to be a source of life and primary means of sustenance. Photos of fishermen, a collection of old postcards, artefacts from the pile dwelling era and a rare collection of historic boats. There are also 3D reconstructions of the ancient city of "Arilica" and the "Rocchetta Scaligera".
- Experience available from March until September, every day at 16:30
- Duration: 240 minutes
- Welcome Kit
- Touristic Vademecum
- Map of Peschiera del Garda
- Children (4-10 years) 25 € per person