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What to see in Peschiera del Garda in one day

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Peschiera del Garda is a lively tourist resort on Lake Garda, just a few kilometres from Verona.

It is the perfect destination for a day trip out of town, as it can be easily reached by car or train.

The star-shaped historical centre is enclosed within the defensive fortifications built in the Middle Ages and became a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2017.

Personally, I found Peschiera del Garda full of suggestive views and characteristic corners!

So let’s find out what to see in Peschiera del Garda in one day.

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Where it is located

Peschiera del Garda is a municipality in the province of Verona, from which it is 30 kilometres away, located along the Venetian shore of the Basso Garda.

How to get there

Peschiera del Garda has a motorway exit about 3 kilometres from the town centre, and a railway station less than a kilometre away.

For those arriving by plane, the nearest airport (20 kilometres) is Verona’s Valerio Catullo.

If you plan to do more sightseeing around Peschiera, it might be useful to rent a car once you have landed.

What to see in Peschiera del Garda in a day

Fortress of Peschiera del Garda

The fortress of Peschiera is a pentagonal-shaped military building, built in the 6th century.

Along the walls of the fortress are the gates that allow access to the historical centre: Porta Verona and Porta Brescia.

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Near Porta Verona, there is the Bastione San Marco on which one can climb to access the walkway.

Worth visiting is the Caserma d’Artiglieria (Artillery Barracks) at Porta Verona, the huge arsenal built by Radetzky between 1854 and 1857, which houses the Historical Archive and the Civic Library.

The Tognon Bastion, built in 1552, is also walkable and offers a wonderful view of Lake Garda.

There is also a children’s playground here.

From the top of the Querini Bastion, on the other hand, you can enjoy the view of the Canale di Mezzo and the Port of Peschiera.

The fortifications enclose the delightful historic centre of Peschiera, full of ice-cream parlours and souvenir shops.

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Voltoni Bridge

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The Ponte dei Voltoni, located on the Canale di Mezzo, is a 16th-century bridge consisting of five terracotta arches.

In the vicinity of the bridge, there are many small cafés overlooking the canal where you can have something to eat.

The bridge can be crossed on foot and also by boat, passing under one of the five arches.

Church of San Martino and Roman excavations

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In Piazza Ferdinando di Savoia, stands the Church of San Martino, one of the oldest churches in the diocese of Verona, which, it is thought, stands on the ruins of the Temple of Jupiter.

The interior houses a relic of Blessed Andrea da Peschiera and some interesting frescoes by Severino Saoncella.

Next to the church are the archaeological excavations of the Roman remains of ancient Airilica.

You can recognise the remains of a Roman nucleus datable to the end of the 1st century BC.

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What to do in Peschiera del Garda

Lakeside Mazzini

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The flat lakeside promenade along the Mazzini lakefront is very pretty, running west to the Bergamini and Fornaci harbours.

The 3-kilometre-long path is equipped with signs and exercise equipment.

Boat

A boat tour is always very characteristic, in my opinion, because it allows you to admire the landscape from a different perspective.

You can opt for a short tour or for a longer cruise to the northern end of the lake (Riva del Garda).

Bicycle

One of the most beautiful cycle paths on Lake Garda starts in Peschiera and is the Peschiera-Mantova cycle path.

The 37-kilometre-long route almost always runs along the river and allows you to admire beautiful landscapes within the Mincio Park.

Attractions around Peschiera del Garda

From Peschiera del Garda it is possible to take wonderful trips to visit other pretty places on the lake such as Sirmione, historical cities such as Verona, and wonderful blooms such as those in the Sigurtà Park.

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Scaliger Castle of Sirmione
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Sigurtà Garden Park

Family attractions

Just a stone’s throw from Peschiera is the historic amusement park Gardaland, with attractions for children of all ages, and Parco Natura Viva, a splendid zoo where you can go on safari by car or on foot.

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Lions at Parco Natura Viva

Where to stay in Peschiera del Garda

In Peschiera you can find several hotels where you can sleep, either on the lakefront (more expensive) or inside the historical centre or just outside.

In the surrounding area, there are huge camping sites and holiday villages with swimming pools, restaurants, kids’ clubs and entertainment.

Palme Camping & Village in Lazise offers bungalows and mobile homes with kitchenette and parking space. On the campsite, there is a swimming pool and a restaurant – book here.

Camping Bella Italia in Peschiera del Garda offers bungalows and flats (a little dated) but clean and equipped with everything. Within the complex, you will find 5 swimming pools with wonderful slides, restaurants, playground, entertainment and baby-club – Book here.

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Camping Bella Italia

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