Gargnano

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Gargnano
Comune
Comune di Gargnano
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Coat of arms of Gargnano
Coat of arms
Gargnano is located in Italy
Gargnano
Gargnano
Location of Gargnano in Italy
Coordinates: 45°41′N 10°40′E / 45.683°N 10.667°E / 45.683; 10.667
Country Italy
Region Lombardy
Province Brescia (BS)
Frazioni Bogliaco, Costa, Fornico, Formaga, Liano, Musaga, Muslone, Navazzo, Sasso, Villa, Villavetro, Zuino
Government
 • Mayor Gianfranco Scarpetta
Area
 • Total 78 km2 (30 sq mi)
Elevation 98 m (322 ft)
Population (31 December 2011)[1]
 • Total 3,033
 • Density 39/km2 (100/sq mi)
Demonym Gargnanesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 25084
Dialing code 0365
Website Official website

Gargnano is a town and comune in the province of Brescia, in Lombardy. It is situated on the western shore of Lake Garda. The municipal territory includes the artificial Valvestino Lake, created in 1962.

History[edit]

The name of the village appears for the first time in a document of the 937 as Garniano, perhaps derived from the Latin stem Garenius. Documents of Tito Livio and headstones, testify to the presence of Etruscans, Celts, Cenomani and Romans.[2]

From 1350 to 1426 the territory of Gargnano was a dominion of the Visconti, later a dominion of the Republic of Venice.[3]

Notable residents[edit]

  • Giovanni Beatrice, called Zanzanù, and Eliseo Baruffaldo, brigands of the 17th century
  • Pietro Bellotto, Baroque painter
  • Lorenzo Fiorini, Domenico Pattuccelli and Tommaso Chiaromonte, volunteers in the southern army of Giuseppe Garibaldi during the military campaign of 1860
  • Alexander Bettoni Cazzago, soldier, partisan and horseman. Won the Siena Square dressage competition in 1942. As colonel of the Third Regiment of the Savoy Cavalry in 1942 he led charges in the Russian campaign that are among the last uses of cavalry in modern warfare.
  • Erika Blanc, actress
  • Cesare Lievi, theatre director, poet and dramatist
  • Benito Mussolini, during the Italian Social Republic (the Republic of Saló) lived in the Villa delle Orsoline (Villa Feltrinelli)
  • D. H. Lawrence, novelist lived in Gargnano from 18 September 1912 to 30 March 1913 with Frieda Weekley von Richthofen
  • Uto Ughi, violinist
  • Oscar Ghiglia, guitarist

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ ISTAT
  2. ^ Gargnano, a cura della Provincia di Brescia, DeAgostini, Novara, 2008.
  3. ^ "Gargnano". LombardiuBeniCulturali. Retrieved 2 December 2013.