Torri del Benaco

This ancient fishing village, which sits on a characteristic cone-shaped hill where Monte Baldo gently slopes towards S.Vigilio Point, is quite charming with its small port, square, narrow streets and old buildings painted in the same warm shades of Venice.

Surrounded by olive groves are new homes, camping sites, tourist resorts and hotels that provide fine accommodations all year round. A ferry service for cars, buses and passengers that unites Torri and Maderno (on the west shore) is available all year round. The Port – At one time it was the center of trade in the town: cargo ships traveling between Desenzano and Riva and “bisse”, typical fishing boats of Lake Garda, used to dock there.


On the northern end of the port sits the 15th century “Palazzo della Gardesana”, the seat of the “Gardesana dell’Acqua” council, a federation of ten communities that also had the task of suppressing and controlling smuggling on the lake during Venetian rule.


The council chapel in the nearby S.S. Trinità Church still conserves 14th – 15th century frescoes of the Veronese School.
Beneath the porticos, caulkers built and repaired boats. The vaguely shell-shaped quay is considered to be from the Roman period.