The area, dominated by Mount Denervo (1459 m), consists of the town of Gargnano, whose houses cluster around the small port, and twelve hamlets, some on the lake (Villa and Bogliaco), others situated on the gentle slopes (Villavetro, Fornico, Zuino, Navazzo, Musaga, Muslone), and still others in the hinterland (Sasso, Liano, Formaga, Costa). All are linked by convenient scenic roads that travel through olive groves and cross meadows and woods.
Along the lake are innumerable citrus fruit and lemon groves which, with the fishing industry, became an important economic resource starting in the 18th century. Bogliaco, home to the Yacht Club, hosts several international regattas, the most important of which is the "Centomiglia" (hunfred miles),
Europe's most important regatta of inland waters. Countless excursions on foot, on horseback, by mountain bike or car can be taken through the lovely hinterland. Numerous hotels and restaurants offer delicious local fare, including grilled meats and fish, polenta and many other tasty dishes.
Palazzo Bettoni in Gargnano
Designed by architect Adriano Cristofori (18th century), it is the finest villa on lake garda. The balustrade above its wide stairways is adorned with stone statues of mythological figures.
The Villa Bettoni contains priceless works of art: paintings by Palma il Vecchio, Canaletto, Paolo Veronese, Andrea Celesti and Pitocchetto, fine collections of antique furniture, rare books, stuccowork and decorations. The spectacular garden designed by Amerigo Pierallini has a semicircular layout.
- Valentino Hermitage in Gargnano
Rising above the locality with the same name: Gargnano, the hermitage sits at about 700 m above sea level. It can be reached on foot from Sasso along a trail that affords a magnificent view of the lake garda. The small 17th century church, built as a votive offering for protection from the plague, has been recently restored.
Sports for all along the banks of Lake Garda
The lake Garda is a true outdoor fitness center where all sorts of "active sports" can be enjoyed. This fact is confirmed by the many tourists that visit and the extraordinary opportunities on the banks of the lake garda, on its waters and throughout the inland area.
In the area that extends from 60 meters on sea level to the mountains over 2,000 meters high, you can find just about anything: wind that blows in the windsurf sails and yachts of all sizes, the crowded beaches with all possible amenities, mountains to be climbed using any means, from bikes to hikes along special trails, and the snowy slopes worthy of the most famous winter ski resorts.
Right in the middle is one of the most protected natural reserves with lush vegetation, an oasis that is unequaled worldwide and sits right at the center of Europe, the heart which could be called the living park of the Old Continent. Confirming our claims are the number of tourists each year, over 15 million people, mainly from foreign countries.
The mild, gentle climate of Lake Garda permits golfing all year round. Many tournaments, in fact, take place in the winter.
Playing golf in the extraordinarily beautiful scenery of lake Garda is a memorable experience: the cypresses, vineyards, olive groves and centuries-old oak forests harmoniously blend with the blue lake, forming that typical Garda landscape that has always been loved by the foreign artists and poets who stayed here.
Numerous golfing buffs come here to play on the many fine golf courses of varying difficulty. Many attractions and activities make a vacation in this unique setting all that more special for the people who consider golfing a moment of relaxation, a sport and a true passion.
If you choose a hotel in the right location, you can play golf on lake garda every day within a radius of 20 kilometers, as well as explore and discover beautiful places and things to remember the rest of your life.