GARDA LAKE

Our beautiful lake, which offers enchanting and enchanting views, in a unique natural and environmental context

FROM MONTE BALDO

Historical and geographical context: Lake Garda, called "Benacus" by the Romans, when they extended their influence to this area, in the 1st century BC; the term could derive from the Celtic, where Bennacus had the meaning of "horned" / from many promontories. There was also the city of Benaco, which stood where Toscolano is located today, a city that was destroyed by an earthquake in the third century BC. The current name of Lake Garda, documented as early as the eighth century, derives from the Lombard (Germanic language) Warda, which had the meaning of watchtower / place of observation, was initially attributed to the town of Garda, a town located on the Venetian Riviera, and then extended to the lake. Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy, with a length of 52 km, a maximum width of 19 km and an area of ​​370 square kilometers. The road that surrounds the lake is 155 km long and the deepest point is located in Torri del Benaco at 346 m. The shape is typical of a moraine valley created by a Paleolithic glacier. Although traces of glacier actions can still be seen today, it is thought that the glacier was occupying an already existing depression created by erosion millions of years ago.With an average annual temperature of 13 ° C the climate is rather mild and this explains the Mediterranean vegetation. The lake and its coastline are divided between the Verona (south-east), Brescia (south-west) and Trentino (north). Being easily accessible from the north via the Brenner Pass, the lake is a major tourist destination.The lake has many small islands, the largest are Isola del Garda, privately owned, and the island of San Biagio, also called Isola dei Conigli. They are located off San Felice del Benaco, on the west coast.
The main tributary is the river Sarca, while the emissary is the river Mincio which flows to the Po and the Adriatic.