Wonderfully embedded in the gentle hills of southern Lake Garda

The name Colline Moreniche (in English: Morenic Hills) denotes the gentle hills that mark the southern Lake Garda, the hinterland of Sirmione, Peschiera and Desenzano del Garda, which is known for its excellent wine, as well as being the scene of some of the most important chapters in Italian history. One of the pretty places there is Monzambano.

Monzambano - washed by the Mincio but still marked by the lake

Monzambano lies between the Morenic Hills in the hinterland of Lake Garda, among ancient olive trees, cypresses and vineyards. The place is known for its warm hospitality and for the fascinating itinerari turistici - various tourist routes on which one gets to know the history, cuisine and the wonderful landscape. Agriturismo or Bed & Breakfast, trattoria or restaurant, you will find typical gastronomic specialities everywhere, always accompanied by excellent wines. And all this in a wonderful landscape.

For those who like to ride on two wheels, the cycle path from Peschiera to Mantova is an absolute must. A "green motorway", the longest in Italy, winds 43 km along the Mincio River. On the way you can relax and explore the unique landscape of Monzambano from a different perspective.
In the Paese dei due Castelli, the "village of two castles", you can experience art and culture. You absolutely have to visit to the medieval castle with the oratory of S. Biagio (built on the foundations of the old Romanesque church of S. Maria). You should also climb the Torre dell'Orologio, the old clock tower. Up there you can enjoy a breathtaking panorama over the Mincio Valley.
The numerous churches are characteristic of the region. The church of San Michele Arcangelo, with its multicoloured marble ornaments, is definitely worth a visit. The church of Beata Vergine Annunciata (better known as Disciplina) is also worth a visit. There is a crucifix to protect from animal plagues.

A small jewel is the Piazzetta delle Arti e Mestieri, "Place of Arts and Crafts", recently restored and overlooking the Mincio. A few kilometres from the centre (centro storico) you can find the village of Castellaro Lagusello, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy and UNESCO World Heritage since 2011. They found a pile-dwelling settlement there. The village is surrounded by medieval walls and towers. Especially recommended: a visit to the bell tower. It was restored in 2015, has been opened to the public in 2016 and can be visited on public holidays and weekends. From the top you can enjoy the beautiful view of the heart-shaped lake. This is an important nature reserve with wild orchids and countless other plant and animal species. There is a permanent photo exhibition in the bell tower informing about the reserve and sometimes it also serves as a location for further art exhibitions.

At the end of April, Castellaro will host the event I Fiori di Castellaro. It is known far beyond the borders of the region and attracts thousands of visitors every year. The streets of the village are redesigned and decorated by the most famous Italian flower and garden designers. At the beginning of September, Castellaro comes to life with the Buskers Street Art Festival.

Another church worth being visited is San Nicola (18th century) with its valuable wooden statue of the Virgin Mary from the 15th century. In Olfino you can visit the Romanesque Church of the Holy Trinity, whose interior is richly decorated with allegorical stucco. These overlap old frescoes from the 16th century, of which, however, some traces are still preserved. Important event in July is the Sagra del Polastrèl. And if you don't have enough, you should also visit the 17th century Oratorio di Monte Uliveto, dedicated to Saint Joseph.

The wines, the oil, the honey and the medicinal herbs are among the main products of the region. Of course, these products are also properly celebrated. The highlight of the year is certainly the Festa dell'Uva in September. During this wine festival you can immerse yourself in the medieval atmosphere of the village. The castle is brought to life and many moments from the history of the village are recreated live. There are several establishments that offer tastings to the visitors - for example the famous capunsei or tortelli di zucca (pumpkin tortellini).

Monzambano really has an exceptional location: it is very close to Lake Garda and yet off the beaten track. Cities such as Mantova, Brescia and Verona are very easy to reach. And Milan or Venice are not too far away.

Monzambano Info Point
P.zza V. Emanuele III.,13
46040 Monzambano (MN)
Opening hours:
Friday 9:30 - 12:30 and 14:30 - 18:30.
Saturday, Sunday, Monday 9:30 am -12:30 pm
Phone: +39 345 6614141

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