Torri del Benaco, Lago di Garda
The ancient Roman name of the lake was "lacus Benacus", this old name is still in several topographic names around the lake while the 1000 years younger name "Garda" is of Germanic origin. Torri del Benaco is a resort typical for the Veneto part of the lake, consisting of a small charming old centre and a castle (on the Southern walls of the castle are lemon trees growing) and lots of family run small hotels around. From here a car ferry crosses the lake to Maderno at the Lombardia shore.
Actually one of the many castels that the Scaligeri have built around the Lago de Garda, at the time of their splendor ! We had not visited it as there it was time for lunch and after lunch, it was time to drive further around the lake. Sorry ! Next time !
Torri del Benaco's round harbor is a marvel ! It is small but its curves are very aesthetic. I do not know how it is in the high season (may be it is better not to know !) but in early may, it is absolutely perfect : this is not a deserted town but it is possible to park every where, to dine every where as nothing is booked out …
Torri del Benaco is situated on the eastern side of Lago di Garda, right in between Bardolino and Malcesine. Altgough not so popular destination it is absolutely worth of visiting. Here you can see one of the numerous Scaligeri's castles which are spread all over the lake, but most of all, very pitoresque small marina which, in my opinion, is the most beautiful in whole area of Lago di Garda.
Close to the port but a little further, another piazzetta is even quieter than the harbor one. In the back ground of the photo, there seems to be a chapel. On the right, the house bears a carved slat of marble that reminds what occurred here in the past !
If you drive on the main road across Torri del Benaco, you will have the nice sight given on the previous photo. If you walk to the back street, closer to the lake, it is even quieter and on both sides of the narrow street, stand brightly colored houses.
From place to place, vaulted passages allow to walk through a block of houses and to connect the main street with the back street. In full summer, when the sun hits hard, they must be cool oasis ! Even in May, it is nice to find a refreshing shade.
I think Torri was my most favourite resort in the southern part of Lake Garda. It is part of the so-called "Riviera degli Ulivi" (Olive Riviera) and was an ancient fortified city as its Roman name Castrum Turrium signifies. Apart from its colourful harbour it had quaint little cafe squares tucked away in its streets, a Scaligeri castle (1388) with its own lemon grove being cultivated along one of its exterior walls. Monday was market day in Torri too so it was quite colourful and busy - the market was around the castello area and stretched along the narrow streets too.
Not far from the port (but in Torri del Benaco, nothing is far from anything !) small, quiet houses are lined along the street. When you gaze at these houses, wouldn't you prefer to live there than in our place ? I bet yes !
Near the end of the street, close to the small port, this four levels pink house stands proudly with its arched windows. The angles are reinforced with freestones, arranged alternatively on each face of the house.
As all the towns & villages we visited on Lake Garda, Torre Del Benaco was beautiful & romantic. I came here twice, the second time Derek had decided to spend the day painting, so Freya & I went off for a drive & ended up here. It was market day ( white vans in the back of the photo) which kept freya amused a bit longer & also the locals!
This ancient fishing village is quite charming with its small port, square, narrow streets and old buildings. It is surrounded by olive groves and you can find hotels, camping sites, and tourist resorts there.
A ferry service for cars, buses and passengers that unites Torri and Maderno (on the west shore) is available all year round, so on our tour from Malcesine back to Lazise we passed by Torri del Benaco.
Torri is a small town where you would drive by, if you stay on the main road and are not aware of the beauty behind the walls of the houses at the main road. It has about 3,000 inhabitants.
The lovely old harbor with colorful fishing boats is the center of the lively town. Around this beautiful harbor you'll find a lot of cafes/bars, where you can enjoy a cocktail or a local wine or one of the famous italian coffee specialties. You have a great view on the lake. From the harbour to the north of the town you can walk on a nice boulevard also with restaurant and bars. It is a treat to walk through the small streets and alleys and along the boulevard.
Every monday is market day. Don't forget to bargain, otherwise your price is to high. Take it from the dutch, we are notorious for it on whole Lake garda.
There is a beautiful church SS. Pietro e Paolo, a little church named Santissima Trinita. In front of the church is a plate remembering Domizio Calderini, who was born in Torri (1446-1478) an Italian Humanist and Apostolic secretary to the Pope and of course the Scaligeri Castle with it's local heritage museum.
Torri is also the only place on Lake Garda where you can put your car on the ferry to Toscolano-Maderno.
Boris, VT Croisbeauty, ranks this place as one of the most beautiful around the Lago di Garda. I agree with him, especially as this piazzetta leads to an excellent restaurant !