Perched on the eastern shore of Lake Garda, Torri del Benaco is a historic town located just across the water from Toscolano-Maderno. It’s famed for its fortified castle that once belonged to the Scaliger family and is believed to occupy the site of a Roman military camp.
Things to do in Torri Del Benaco
Stroll through the narrow alleyways of Torri del Benaco to admire its colourful houses, many of which are constructed from local stone. Architectural highlights include the pink-hued Chiesa dei Santi Pietro e Paolo, which features beautifully painted ceilings, and the centuries-old Torre di Berengario. Continue along the lakeside promenade to enjoy the refreshing afternoon breezes.
Watching over Lake Garda is Castello Scaligero, a fortified castle that dates back to the 12th century. Topped by three towers, it houses the Ethnographic Museum, which features exhibits dedicated to the region’s rock engravings, olive growing and fishing industries. Take note of the castle’s ancient well and prominent keep, which was once connected to the surrounding fortifications by a wooden drawbridge.
One of the best ways to explore Lake Garda is aboard a boat cruise, taking in the photogenic towns, villages and villas along its shores. Visit the Roman-era Grotto of Catallus and see the former mansion of Maria Callas before stopping for a swim at one of the lakeside beaches. Opposite Torri del Benaco is Spiaggia Toscolano, a rocky beach backed by a grassy strip that’s ideal for sunbathing.
Getting around Torri Del Benaco
Torri del Benaco is around 45 minutes’ drive from Verona and 40 minutes from Valerio Catullo Airport, which has flights to destinations across Europe. Buses travelling along the shores of Lake Garda stop in Torri del Benaco and the town is compact enough to explore on foot.