Peschiera Del Garda

Peschiera Del Garda
Peschiera Del Garda

Peschiera is
located at the foot of the moraine hills, where the waters of the lake flow
into the Mincio River.  Its historic
centre, bordered by canals, is full of small restaurants and shops, long
bicycle paths and beaches. This combination makes it today a serene and happy
town, hiding its stormy military past.

inhabited in prehistoric times,  Peschiera
is very important from a paleontological point of view, since here seven pile
dwellings dating back to the Bronze Age were discovered.  In Roman times it was called Arilica and was
the seat of two shipbuilding guilds.  It
was fortified already in the year 101 BC, to protect it from the Cimbri. The
present name dates back to the Lombard period, when,  it was called “Piscaria” , for the abundance
of fish in its waters. Peschiera enjoyed a truly enviable position, since it
was a knot of coastal and river fortifications. Also Dante, in his Inferno
Canto XX, when telling the battle between Brescia and Bergamo, refers to
Peschiera as “she”. In the twelfth century, the Scaligeri  encircled the fortress and the town with
walls and towers,  later it was a
fortified bastion of the Republic of Venice, a Napoleon's fortress and a site
of the Austrian Quadrilateral. A date to remember is 1917, after the defeat of
Caporetto, when King Vittorio Emanuele III, together with allies and Italians,
built a defensive wall during the war against Austria, and won, a year later,
in Vittorio Veneto.

A few
kilometres away from the town, you can visit the Sanctuary of Madonna del
Frassino, with its small lake, home to coots, flamingos and swans. This small
lake is included in the EU lists of sites of Community importance  (SCI) and of special protection areas (SPAs),
and it is remembered for the famous legend about Broglia. According to the
legend, the Madonna appeared to the peasant, after he was attacked by a snake.

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