Garda, Veneto

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Comune di Garda
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Garda is located in Italy
Location of Garda in Italy
Coordinates: 45°34′N 10°43′E / 45.567°N 10.717°E / 45.567; 10.717Coordinates: 45°34′N 10°43′E / 45.567°N 10.717°E / 45.567; 10.717
Country Italy
Region Veneto
Province Verona (VR)
 • Mayor Antonio Pasotti
 • Total 16.11 km2 (6.22 sq mi)
Elevation 67 m (220 ft)
Population (1 June 2007)
 • Total 3,802
 • Density 240/km2 (610/sq mi)
Demonym Gardesani
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 37016
Dialing code 045
Patron saint Assumption of the Virgin Mary
Saint day 15 August
Website Official website

Garda is a comune on the shore of Lake Garda, in the province of Verona, region of Veneto, Northeastern Italy.

It is one of the more characteristic towns on the east Coast of the homonymous biggest lake in Italy: the Lake of Garda. Garda is only 32 kilometres (20 miles) from the city of Verona, and is one of the smallest towns in the whole province.


The historical centre of the town is still intact. The main income of the town is tourism.

  • The old village of Garda: narrow streets where you can walk between the promenade, the historical Villa degli Albertini (16th century) with its magnolia trees, the pale-yellow Captain's Palace (Palazzo dei Capitani) which is a palace in Venetian Gothic style (14th century), Palazzo Carlotti in Renaissance style and the 18th-century parochial church dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. This church originally dates from the 6th-7th century. A new church was built in 1530 by Gian Matteo Giberti but, because of lack of funds, the construction was only concluded in 1764. The framework of the doors are made in white Veronese stone.(1824). The interior consists of three aisles. The eastern side rest on six heavy columns, the southern side on four lighter ones. They are all connected by round arches. The statues of S. Peter and S. Paul were made by the Veronese sculptor Righetti (1886). The large wooden crucifix dates from the 14th-15th century. It is considered the most precious item in the church. Behind the crucifix one can see the edict of Pope Innocent II (November 1138) resolving the allocation of tithes. The side altar of Saint Anthony of Padua dates from 1720. The altarpiece was painted by Simone Brentani (1720) and the statues in Carrara marble represent San Fabiano and San Sebastiano. The two confessionals (17th century) in walnut timber with wood carving and intaglio were made in the workshop of Andrea Brustolon (Rococo style). The side altar (1648) in the "Capella dei Caduti" contains the wooden statue "Madonna and Child" (Veronese style - 15th century). In the right aisle is located the side altar with the painting of San Luigi Gonzaga and San Vincenzo Ferreri by Gaspare Diziani (1764). The baptismal font dates from the17th century. For a long time it was the only baptismal font in the neighbourhood. The main altar dates from mid 16th century and stands in front of the organ (1958). Behind the altar on the wall one can see a painting of the Assumption of Mary (17th century).The two statues of angels in front of the altar were sculpted by Francesco Filippini (1600). The pulpit was made out of briar root and walnut.
  • The old Rock of Garda: it stands 300 m over the town and offers to visitors wonderful views over the whole lake, over the same rise is located the 15th century Carmelite monastery.
  • San Vigilio: The name of the village comes from Saint Vigilius (San Vigilio), the Bishop of Trento from 385 to 402 A.D. It became famous in 1540 when Agostino Brenzoni built his villa within a small park. Many famous people have stayed at the Brenzoni Villa, including Tsar Alexander, the King of Naples, Winston Churchill, Laurence Olivier, King Juan Carlos and the British royal family. The peninsula of San Vigilio, on which the villa formerly stood, was described by Riccardo Bacchelli as "the most radiant, airy place." The villa was built in the 16th century for Count Agostino Brenzoni and the designer was Michele Sammicheli (1484-1559).

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