Bardolino is a beautiful town and also one of the most popular places of Lake Garda.
Versatile in its appearance, it has a historic centre that is a former fishing village, but today it offers many opportunities to have fun and relax, with its craft shops, modern bars, traditional
restaurants and fish taverns.
Its history is attested by numerous finds, such as the remains of columns, grave stones, sculptures and walls proving that is was an important Roman centre.
In the years 829-856, a fierce battle was fought between the Benacesi and the Veronesi, won by the latter, who changed the name of Lake Benaco into Lake Garda.
Many barbarian invasions forced King Berengar I, in the 9th century, to build the castle, which was later extended by the Scaligeri with strong walls and secured by towers, ramparts and battlements.
Bardolino was a very active centre. Some documents dating back from1222 confirm the existence of fishing villages, which had the typical “comb shape”, with houses placed in
sequence and perpendicular to the beach.
The medieval walls remained there until the nineteenth century, when they were demolished to build the parish church and the Verona - Garda railway line.
Like all the neighbouring towns, it fell under the domination of Austria, the Napoleonic Kingdom and the Kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia, to be annexed, in 1866, to the Kingdom of Italy. Its moraine hills are exploited for the cultivation of vineyards producing Bardolino wine.