Perched on the eastern shore of Lake Garda, Lazise is a charming town in the Italian region of Veneto. It originated as a stilt house settlement and takes its name from the Latin word “lacus”, which translates as “lakeside village”. Today, Lazise is renowned for its centuries-old castle, which watches over a series of interconnected piazzas dotted with alfresco cafes, gelaterias and boutiques.
Things to do in Lazise
Lazise’s most important architectural landmark is the Castello Scaligero, a medieval fortress surrounded by an impressive curtain wall. In addition to its terracotta brick keep, it features several imposing turreted towers. Adjacent is a scenic garden with a children’s playground and a miniature golf course where you can challenge your family and friends.
In the heart of Lazise is the Parrocchia Saints Zenone e Martino, a temple-like Neoclassical church fronted by beautifully decorated columns. Gaze up at the whitewashed bell tower before stepping inside to see the church’s stunning altar and organ. Originally built in the 12th century within the castle walls, it was reconstructed in its current form between 1820 and 1840.
Lazise is an attractive base for discovering the sights of Lake Garda, which is the largest lake in Italy. Spend a day exploring the enchanting streets and 13th-century castle of Sirmione, then wander through the narrow, medieval laneways of Malcesine. Also not to miss is photogenic Limone Sul Garda, a colourful town with a breezy lakeside promenade.
Getting around Lazise
Lazise is around 30 minutes’ drive from Verona and 20 minutes from Verona Villafranca Airport, which has flights to destinations across Europe and North Africa. Buses connect from Verona to Lazise and the town is small enough to explore on foot. Renting a boat is the most scenic way of getting around Lake Garda.