Lazise, Lago di Garda
Lazise has about 6,000 inhabitants and lies at the southwest side of Lake Garda. Around the town center you still find some town gates and town walls. Like many other Gardian towns also with a Castello Scaligeri. The Scaligeri family is very important on this side of Lake Garda and Verona in early days. Unfortuenately this Castello can not be visited.
In the small harbour you'll find two other important buildings being the Chiesa San Nicolo of the 12th century and the Dogana Veneto an old Customs house in the 17th century used as Warehouse and Customs House for the Venetians.
Marble stones give the streets of Lazise extra beauty.
Just around the corner of Lazise you also find the big Attraction parks Gardaland and Caneva World. Since this is not my cup of tea, you can read all about it at other VT colleagues.
In the medieval times Lazise was a part of Scala family property, the rulers of Verona who used to built characteristic castles which marked whole of their territory.
Since the end of the 14th century, Lazise became a part of Venetian Republic, which used to marked their territory by characteristic Venetian Lion.
The Church of San Nicolo goes back to the 12th century and belonged to the Confederazione degli Originali.
Dogana Veneta (The old Venetian Custom-House) is a palace with porticoes, built by the people from Venice in the 14th century. Today it is used as an art-gallery.
The whole place is almost completely surrounded by the medieval walls. The Romans first fortified the town and then it was enlarged during the ruke of Scaligeri in the Middle Ages. Later on the town belonged to the Visconti of Milano and to the Serenissima (Venice), until the arrival of Napoleon.
See the Riva at Lazise, main walking path with lot of restaurants and cafes.
Lazise is a small town on the Lake garda shore, half way between Pwschiera and Garda. The favourable position of this place, virtually located at the crossroad of the major traffic routes to the North, has made it historically one of the most interesting centres of the Veronese side of the lake.
It is also one of the oldest town on the Lake Garda, and it was inhabited since the Neolithic - the latin name LASITIUM probably comes from Laceses ie lake place.
Situated between Bardolino and Peschiera on southern Lake Garda is Lazise - one of the quieter, less well known resorts on Lake Garda. Its wide open piazza and promenade were a joy to stroll along and enjoy a lunch here in the piazza. There are also Scaliger fortifications here as in many other resorts on Lake Garda. Its name come from "laceses", meaning "place on the lake", which is exactly right! Lazise is a lovely laid back resort with a friendly air. More info on my Lazise page.
Its a short ferry ride over to Sirmione and a lovely way to approach this southerly scenic Garda resort.
Lazise is one of the oldest settlements on Lake Garda. It was inhabited since Neolithic age by people building their home on piles at the lakeshore.
In the 11th century the village was the castle and fortification walls were built and enlarged over the centuries. Nowadays they're still well preserved and enclose Lazise almost entirely.
Like all other villages at Lake Garda, Lazise has a big choice of accommodations and restaurants.
Driving along the lake Garda this was our second stop, I was beginning to think that maybe the woman at the tourist office was not so wrong when she recommended every single city along the lake as interesting villages to stop!
This fortified city at the oriental side of the lake has an interesting history as frontier city .
But lets walk around and we will show you what we saw.
Lazise is situated between Bardolino and Peschiera. Its oldest part has a very medieval structure and is surrounded by walls built in the 14th century. A castle dominates the charming setting. Lazise is a very picturesque little town with many shops, restaurants, homes and porticos with coffee bars - but also many many tourists.......
The Roman church was built in the 12th century and is dedicated to San Nicolò of Bari. T he external northern wall is decorated with abeautiful fresco of the "Madonna and Child", which dates back to the 14th century. Mass is celebrated in the church during the summer. It is a simple church without all the gold and paintings that one expects of a church. Very peaceful.
Lazise is a beautiful small town with a wonderful harbor, typical architecture and very enjoyable street cafés! And Lake Garda with sandy beaches is right next to Lazise!