Inside the church, behind the altar, there is a section with sculls and bones from the soldiers who died at the battle of San Martino, at 24 June 1859. Nobody knows who they are, they are unknown heroes, and they rest in peace there. It's a bit scarry, and many of the sculs have evident traces of bullets and destruction. :( Bones are all at one pile. Wars are the worst thing that can happen... In Serbia, in Nis, we have a scull tower, but it was made by Turks as a punishment for the uprising against their occupation, they decapitated Seriban soldiers and made a tower out of them. But there, these people are "buried", and their remains exposed to witness the terror of the war.
NOTE: If you have a weak stomach, don't go inside.
This is a monument to the big and famous battle from the 19th century, between Italians, French and Austro-Hungarians. It was very bloody and many people died, and thus they built this memorial tower, called Vittorio Emmanuelle II tower, with a museum and church with bones of people killed in the battle.
Climbing up to the top of the tower is easy because there are no stairs, but flat uphil! There are several photo galleries along the way, and a statue of Vittorio Emmanuelle right at the entrance.
From the top you can see a panorama of lake Garda, which is just behind the corner.
The tower edmission fee is 4 euros.
This is the museum of San Martino battle, seen from the top of the tower. There are three big rooms with lots of pictures, books, weapons, clothes, maps, canons, and other items from the war as well as the description what happened.
Behind are the fields and horseriding paths, if you click to enlarge the photo you'll see the horse and a rider. :)
From the top of San Martino tower there is a beautiful view on entire plain from one side, and on the lake Garda at the other side. It's very close to San Martino, but from the top it looks small and spalshed. :) Behind you'll see the mountains surrounding the lake in the northern part. Needless to say, the day should be bright and sunny for a beautiful view!
This is the church where the bones and sculls of the soldiers killed in the battle are kept. There are inscriptions in several languages, including Czech and Hungarian.
A lovely path full of flowers and monuments is leading towards the church, which is quite small.
This is one lovely safari style zoo with great variety of animals and exhibitions. We spent one afternoon there because of our tight schedule, but it deserves a whole day visit.
One part of the park is more like a zoo, you walk around and enjoy observing animals. There is also one part dedicated to dinosaurs with full size replicas.
The other part of the park is drive-through safari, with lions, giraffes, rhinoceros and many other interesting wild animals.
Take a look at my Safari travelogue for more pictures. :O)
The church of San Zeno is located in Castelletto di Brenzone, small village in between Malcesine and Torri del Benaco. It is one of the most significant Romanesque church in Province of Verona, built in the 12th century. The church has two apse and tall belltower decorated with biphoras on uts top.
This huge memorial complex , situated on the hill above Gardone Riviera, is a must see when visiting western side of the Lago di Garda. Great Italian poet and politician Gabriele D'Annunzio lived here in this villa called Prioria, in fact he bought this villa in 1921. Many important decisions, for the future of Italy, and many important meetings took place in this villa.
This close up allows to better understand how these metal parts have been used. On the left an axe, several unidentified thin steel plates, a door hinge. On the right, an endless screw, may be from a farm engine and on the far right a steel rod from some other farm engine.
Although it is not situated on the lake shore, Valeggio sul Mincio is a part of Lago di Garda connected to it by the river of Mincio. The place is worth of visit because of the Castle Scaligero, situated on the top of the hill which dominates the whole Valley of Mincio river.
In a bright sunny days there is an spectacular view from the tophill to the valley and its surroundings.
Borghetto is practically the part of Valeggio sul Mincio, it is situated right beneath the Castello Scaligero. The river of Mincio flows in the middle of the place which is, although very small, of the spectacular beauty.
Worth of note is Ponte Visconteo, the Visconti Bridge, which was the part of the defending fortifications around the castle.
Castellaro Lagusello, another little gem in the surroundings of the Lago di Garda, is situated only a few kilometers of Valeggio sul Mincio. Here you can see another huge medieval castle built in the era of Scaligero rules. The castle is situated on the shore of an small lake, and it is among the most beautiful castles which can be seen in the area of Lago di Garda.
I've droped here only by chance, driving from Valeggio sul Mincio to Castellaro Lagusello. First, I was attracted by the remains of the medieval castle which stands on the top of the hill above the place. Unfortunatelly, there wasn't much to see. Then I saw, from the road, very huge and attractive building of the local church. It looks very nice and certainly it worth to be visited.
The date written on this sundial, on the face of the "Buon ricordo" restaurant, MCDLII, means1452 : M for 1000, C for 100, D for 500. As C is written at the left of D, that means 500 minus 100. And finally D for 50 and II for 2. Does that mean that it was built in 1452 ? I do not think so and the date must commemorate something special for the city. I will try to find out.
Walk through the city gate and pass the entrance to the castle. Then take right, there's also a sign for the panorama walk. You walk through an old building/ruin. I wish I knew what it was called. Then you reach the beach (although not a good place to swim). There's also some café here. Along the walk, we saw many ducks and swans, as well as big fishes in the sea! After a while, you reach a bigger complex where you can eat also. This is a good place if you want to go swimming. There was also some well with healthy water. Lots of people were sitting in it. Don't know more about it unfortunately. We turned around after a while, so I don't know if you can get all the way to Grotte di Catullus.