Bardolino, situated on the east coast of Lake Garda, in the centre
of the Riviera of Olives, is a oasis of relaxation because of the
wonderful landscape and its climate, a charming place where you can
spend your holidays in a natural environment, full of fascinating
history and traditions. Surrounded by green morainic hills, covered
by vines, olives and cypresses, Bardolino faces the lake like a comb
with its port, between two points that lean out into the water. For
many years it has been renown as a great place to stay and, furthermore,
it is famous all over the world for the name given to the wine produced
by the grapes of this area. The two villages of Cisano and Calmasino
belong to the Community of Bardolino and are well worthy of a visit.
ART IN BARDOLINO
Out of town's boundary there are two rural quarters, built around
the S. Severo and S. Zeno churches.
EXCURTIONS AND TRIPS
S. Severo is one of the most priceless examples of Verona Romanesque; dating
back to the beginning of the 12th century, rebuilt and enlarged on the ruins
of an antique pre-existing church (8th century), it was mentioned for the first
time in a Berengario's diploma in 893; in 1932 it was completely restored and
brought back to its former structure. Inside you can admire the 13th century
The little church of S. Zeno, which dates back to the 8th century and was mentioned
in 807 in a diploma of King Pipino, is one of the most famous and admired examples
of the carolingian architecture in Italy affording features pre-existing the
Romanesque architecture. It owned lands and received great incomes before it
was abandoned. Its architectural simplicity made it extremely charming.
The pieve di S. Maria, in Cisano was built in 12th century after an earthquake
that damaged a former church, which was erected on the ruins of a pagan building
between the forth and eighth century. It is another example of Verona Romanesque.
Many other antique, historically and artistically interesting, churches are
situated in Bardolino, among these S. Vito (13th century) and S. Pietro (13th
A beautiful and panoramic road, which is lined with cypresses, goes to the
Camaldolese Hermitage and to the "Rocca Vecchia", passing through the rural
court of S. Colombano, seat of an ancient priorate since 862.
The Camaldolese Hermitage, erected between 1664 and 1673, is still maintained
by a little community of friars, that nowadays allow to visit it.; it is a
place of peace and serenity, where you can enjoy the unique landscape of the
lake and inside you can purchase products like oils, jam and creams made by
The "Rocca Vecchia" is the rocky spur that rises precipitously over the lake
and it characterises the Bardolino's landscape. Here Queen Adelaide of Burgundy
was imprisoned; at the top there are the ruins of a medieval castle and a stone
that legend says it had been the throne the imprisoned Queen set on.
The view from the "Rocca Vecchia" is an absolute breath taking experience!
The wonderful paths of the hills that rise behind the lake permit to find out
the rupestrian inscriptions of Lake Garda.
A beautiful hilly road makes it possible for you to reach the "Rocca
Vecchia" either by walking or by bicycle and the Hermitage, where
you can enjoy a charming landscape.
You can even stop in one of the many cosy country inns, called "osteria", or
cantinas, situated by the road-side of the hilly inland, to taste local Bardolino
wine and typical dishes of Lake Garda.
The extremely pleasant walk along the coast of the lake connects Bardolino
to Lazise and Garda and also as far as S. Vigilio point, the most celebrated
and certainly the most enchanting place of the Lake Garda. The Wine Road begins
in Bardolino and stretches to the innermost locations on the lake to find out
cantinas, wine shops and art treasures of the Garda area.
The boat and hydrofoil services give you the possibility of cruising the lake
to many towns on the Riviera, like Sirmione (where the Villa of the Roman poet
Catullus, called "Grotte di Catullo", can be visited), Salò, Limone, Gardone
(where the villa, which is just like a museum, of another poet, Gabriele D'Annunzio,
called "Vittoriale degli Italiani", can be visited).
Not to be missed is the Mount Baldo (2200m), known for its flora but interesting
for many other reasons too. It is easily reachable by car or taking a line
bus to S. Zeno di Montagna, Ferrara di Monte Baldo and Spiazzi, where there
is the characteristic "Santuario della Corona". It is possible to reach the
top by taking the cablecar in Malcesine, transporting you to a height of 1700
m and giving fantastic panoramic views of the area. Using the local public
transport line you can visit a number of interesting cities such as Mantova,
Trento, Vicenza, Padova and especially Verona, the wonderful city of "Romeo
and Juliet", where in July and August the famous Opera Season of the Arena
takes place and Shakespeare's plays and tragedies are also performed in the
Verona is connected with the Lake by the "Verona-Lago" road (25 km), where
you meet the lake in the resort of Lazise.
Bardolino is very close to the most famous Italian amusement park "Gardaland",
many water park and zoo as well.
Venice (157 km) and Milan (140 km) are easily reachable by the "Serenissima" motorway
or by train.
The morainic zone of Lake Garda has a climate not subjected to sudden
charges in temperature because of the moderating effect of the lake's
water and the protection offered by Mount Baldo. This mild, temperate
and uniform climate supports the growth of a mediterrian vegetation:
olives, cypresses, vines, oleanders, palms.
AMUSEMENTS AND SHOPPING
Nowadays Bardolino is a modern tourist resort, offering a wide choice
of typical restaurants, bars, discos, ice-creams parlours making
you stay on Lake Garda an enjoyable one. Nearby Bardolino there is
the famous Italian amusement park "Gardaland", many aquatic parks
and a safari zoo. On the streets of Bardolino you will find many
clothes shops, local craft shops, typical Lake Garda and Italian
food shops, stocks of vintage wine and houte couture boutiques for
Your shopping. Furthermore, on Thursday there is a very popular weekly
Excellent sporting centres allow one to participate in many different
sports, like swimming, sailing, windsurf, rowing, tennis, golf, horse
EVENTS AND FESTIVALS
Furthermore every year Bardolino is the setting for on of an International
Tournament of Triathlon.
During the spring and summer seasons the programme of manifestations
is jam-packed: outdoor classic music or jazz concerts, art exhibitions,
sport manifestations, theatrical performance, conventions and traditional
festivals, like the "Wine and Grape Festival", during which the street
along the lake coast is full of gastronomical stands where you can
taste Bardolino wine, outdoor concerts and conventions about wine
are organised and folk-groups run along the streets of the town.
In Cisano, every year, on 8th September, the old "Sagra dei Osei" is celebrated;
it is a festival made by birds song contests, concerts, popular amusments,
dinners in gastronomical stands, fireworks.
The area where the Bardolino Classico DOC is produced is a hilly
land that is in front of Lake Garda, covered by vines and olives.
The particularly mild climate allows the vines to produce the excellent
grapes (corvina, molinara, rondinella, negrara) which are the base
of Bardolino wine, since long time ago. The typical Bardolino wine
is a red table-wine, light ruby colored, with a delicate perfume
and a dry taste, a little sparkling, moderately alcoholic (10.5 degrees).
It is drunk during the production year. Among the different kind
of Bardolino there are: Bardolino Classico DOC, obtained by the grapes
from the oldest classic area. Bardolino Superiore DOC, aged one year.
Bardolino Chiaretto DOC, rosè and produced by following part of the
white wine making process. Bardolino Novello DOC, it is the first
wine in its category to achieve the DOC mark. The Bardolino wine
accompany the typical dishes of the area very well, like the "risotto
con la tinca" (rice with tench), the "bigoli in salsa" (pasta with
fish sauce), "polenta e osei", flesh and fowl. Bardolino Chiaretto,
an extremely lovely aperitif, accompany "risotto", fowls, cold cuts
and fish that, of course, is the most important dish of Lake Garda.