The Road of Wines and Flavours of Lake Garda
The Road of Wines and Flavours of Lake Garda unwinds through the inland Lombard area of Lake Garda, connecting Limone to Pozzolengo and through the lands where the DOC registered designation of origin Garda Classico, Lugana and San Martino della Battaglia wines are produced.
In addition to Limone, Tremosine, Tignale, Toscolano Maderno, Gardone Riviera and Manerba, of which more information can be found in the section “Places to visit West of the Lake”, you will come across other interesting and picturesque towns along the way. On the southern limits of the Valtenesi, at the top of the hills is Lonato, a town abounding in history and tradition, as can be seen by the rich architecture and prestigious institutions.
From here, crossing the municipality of Calvagese della Riviera, is the town of Polpenazze, right in the heart of the Valtenesi area, around which the vineyard production of the south-western Lake Garda shore revolves. The IX century San Pietro in Lucone church is worth a visit. Following along this route, you will also come across the Soiano Castle (XI century) and the ruins of a village of pile dwellings near the Sovenigo lakes
In addition to the stops already mentioned in the section “Places to visit East of the Lake”, do not miss the splendid town of Salò, where there are ruins of the Venetian domain, the Rocca di Manerba fortress dominating over the lake, the Sirmione peninsula, with the ruins of a Roman villa called Grotta di Catullo, as well as the Rocca Scaligera or Scala fortress, built on the shores, with its internal port and castle.
San Martino della Battaglia is also famous with the Torre Sacrario tower built in 1893 to celebrate the victory of Piedmont and France against Austria in 1859. Desenzano del Garda, is 10 km from Sirmione, and is an important holiday resort, that is animated every evening with regattas, folkloristic festivals, flower shows and by the musical event Luglio Musicale; the local church hosts a work of art by Tiepolo.