• Bardolino, Associazione Città Murate del Veneto

Historical Highlights

The origin of lake-dwelling civilization dates back to Bardolino; various findings attest to the presence of the Romans and then. The name probably originates in the Germanic patronymic: "Bardilo" or that of “Pardal and Bardali” daughter of the king Aulete founder of Mantua. Due to the frequent barbaric invasions through the valley of the Adige, the territory was defended by building forts and fortresses. The original castle was built in Bardolino towards the end of the ninth century, but rebuilt and enlarged in stages up to the time of the Scala, when it took the form still visible. . The walls square was open to the Lake, with four towers at the sides and doors S. John and Verona. Following Bardolino followed the fortunes of Scaligera and, after the Visconti, from 1405 passed to the Republic of Venice, until the arrival of Napoleon in 1797. The oldest inhabited retains the typical form of the comb fishing villages.


- Porta San Giovanni (externally visible).
- Lower Gate or Veronese (externally visible).
- Torre Catullo (externally visible).
- Church of St. Severus (visited by 9,00 to 17,00).
- Parish Church (visited by 7,30 to 19,00).
- Church of Santa Maria della Discipline (visited by appointment).
- Church of St. Vitus (visited by appointment *).
- Church of St. Peter (visited by appointment **).
- Hermitage of S. George (visited by appointment *).
- Oratory of St. Francis (externally visible).
- Small chapel of San Zeno (from 9,00 to 17,00).
- Parish Church of Santa Maria (from 9,00 to 17,00).
- Villa Warriors (not open).
- Villa Giuliari-Gianfilippi (not open).
- Villa Marzan (not open).
- Villa Belvedere (not open).
- Villa Bottagisio (being restored).

(*) outside the historic center – is on the road to St. Columban – Cortelline
(**) outside the historic center – is on the road to Garda


- Palio of claret – first Sunday in June.
- Party dell'uva – first Sunday in October.
- Bardolino Novello Festival d.o.c. – first week of November.


The tour begins near the Romanesque Church of San Severo, visible from the Gardesana. We have news of its existence since dall'893, but was rebuilt and enlarged in the twelfth century (cycle of frescoes of the twelfth or thirteenth century in).
It runs through the village until you reach Piazza Garibaldi Lenotti, and then proceed in Via Battisti and arrive in Piazza Porta S. John, whence you look at the Upper Gate or S. John, crowned with battlements; of the contiguous walls nothing is more visible.
Through the door, continue taking the right towards the lakefront, where you can find a small leaning tower, probably scaligera. On the lakefront shooting towards the south.
It crosses Piazza Matteotti prospicente the church of St. Nicholas and, fit back the rotor the destra, we proceed to Corso Umberto I. Statute on the square dominated by a tower-gate, era scaligera, called Lower Gate or Veronese.
To his left you can see a tall tower, also dating from the Scala, only visible remains of the castle. At the end of Via San Martino traces remain of the walls incorporated in buildings, observed a few steps further along the lake to the left.
A digression on village Cavour (a sinistra, just emerged from Lower Gate) e poi su your San Zeno, leads to the small church of S. Zeno, Built in a group of old houses, which is one of the most significant testimonies Carolingian northern Italy

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