Escorted Rail Tours to Garda
Visit the Palazzo dei Capitano
The town of Garda is one of the main resorts on the southern
shores of the lake that bears its name. The town became one of the
most important in the area due to its strategic position at the
entrance to the lake - a position that is the most plausible reason
for the lake being named Garda.
At the southern end of Garda town is the 'Rocca' - an outcrop of
rock on the shore that stands approximately 820 feet (250 metres)
in height. A 5th century fortress stood on the Rocca until it was
destroyed by the Venetians as they took control of Lake
Garda and made Garda town their administrative headquarters.
Garda's impressive Gothic Palace, the Palazzo dei Capitano, once
overlooked its harbour. The original harbour has since been filled
in to create a beautiful square - now the main hub of activity in
Garda, which is packed with tables and chairs from its pavement
cafés and bars, creating the perfect spot for people-watching.