|Comune di Lazise|
|Province||Province of Verona (VR)|
|• Total||65.0 km2 (25.1 sq mi)|
|Elevation||76 m (249 ft)|
|Population (Dec. 2004)|
|• Density||96/km2 (250/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|Postal code||37017, 37010 frazioni|
Lazise is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Verona in the Italian region Veneto, located about 120 kilometres (75 miles) west of Venice and about 20 kilometres (12 miles) northwest of Verona. It is situated on the eastern shore of Lake Garda. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 6,213 and an area of 65.0 square kilometres (25.1 sq mi).
The municipality of Lazise contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) Colà and Pacengo.
Its name derives from the Latin “lacus” which means lacustrine village. Lazise in fact was originally a group of stilt houses beyond that Roman village and market. Between 888 and 961, during the reign of Berengar II of Italy and his son, the town was subject only to the monarch, that is, it was a “free villa” not subject to some feudatory. In 961, Italy was invaded by German troops, who descended the valley of the Adige to camp on the shores of Garda.
In 983, the Holy Roman Emperor Otto I granted Lazise the right to fortify itself and establish trading rights. The medieval Church of Saint Nicolò has frescoes dating from the 12th century, by the school of Giotto. The customs house from the 16th century was constructed to control trade on the lake. During the 13th and 14th centuries, Lazise was occupied by the Scaligeri of Verona who built the castle and encircled the town with walls.
In 1405, it came under Venetian Republic rule until Napoleon conquered northern Italy in 1796.
The 14th century La Pergolana villa, a kilometre north of Lazise, hosts a famous honey festival during the first weekend of October.
The city is a popular holiday destination in Southern Europe. It attracts myriad tourists from the immediate area owing to its beautiful view of the Alps from the southern shore of Lake Garda.
At the heart of the city is a series of interconnected piazze that house numerous open-air cafés, various shops, gelaterie (ice-cream parlours), and bars.
Gate of San Marco
Twin towns – Sister cities
Lazise is twinned with:
- Rosenheim, Germany