Lake Garda Culture
Valerius Catullus once sung of the long peninsula at Sirmione, which today still has extensive remains of an enormous Roman villa. With an ancient tradition in history and art, some of the artistic treasures include the church and frescoes at S. Andrea di Sommacampagna, the architectural splendor of the town of Lazise, and the exceptional basilica of S. Severo in Bardolino, with its unique huge frescoes of the Story of the Cross and the Apocalypse.
Not to be missed are the castles and the towers, such as the famous castle at Malcesine and the Castle of Torri del Benaco, built near the ancient tower of Berengar. The fortress of Garda, on which the most powerful castle of the area was built, guarded the entire lake area in times of terrible plague and regular invasion. In fact, this is where Garda was eventually named.
Along the entire Riviera of Olives, as the Veronese east bank of the lake is called, D.O.C olive oil and also famous D.O.C. wines are produced.