A precious artistic and cultural heritage has been bequeathed to the populations of the Garda by illustrious figures in the intellectual and international political panorama. This place has always been a preferred destination of major political personalities as well as artists and people of culture.
Many villas and gardens bear witness to the ancient glories that once characterized the shores of the Garda; this is the case, for example, of the Vittoriale dei Italiani, in Gardone Riviera, a monumental residence-museum designed for the poet Gabriele D’Annunzio.
There is also the Villa of the Cavazza Counts on Garda Island, a Venetian neo-Gothic residence of rare beauty. Every year, in the high season, guided tours are organized here, allowing approximately two hours for discovery of the beauty of the villa, in addition to classical music and jazz concerts.
Fans of art and nature must not miss the Botanic Gardens of the André Heller Foundation in Gardone Riviera: countless species of plants and flowers originating from all over the world are grown here; inside the garden are many works of art by major artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Mimmo Paladino and Keith Haring.
Garda Island is a place of rare beauty full of history, memories and legends.
From May to September, the family Borghese Cavazza opens its treasures to guided tours.
The tour of approximately two hours offers views of pristine vegetation, English and Italian style gardens, and some rooms of the charming Neogothic and Venetian style villa.
At the end, small samples of typical products are offered.
Called the Profile of Dante, the Rocca of Manerba is divided in two parts: one that dominates the territory of lower Garda, and one that resembles a terrace hanging over the lake.
It is 200 meters high and “reigns” over a breathtaking environmental setting.
For reaching the Rocca, enter the village of Manerba in the area of Solarolo. It is well identified by signs with the word ROCCA.
Take via Leutelmonte and then follow via Rocca. The road continues for 200 meters and reaches a parking lot. The summit is steps away and then you can go up to the lake but before continuing you must stop to enjoy the panorama of the Gulf of Salò, of the Garda Island, of the Port of San Felice... then Sirmione and Lazise.
The route is accessible to all and offers