PADENGHE SUL GARDA
Padenghe sul Garda is situated on a gentle hill. On the south border of the Valtenesi area the landscape is an ideal place for relaxing and well-being with long walks through mule tracks and narrow paths and the tasting of local products. Padenghe is also close to night time attractions such as pubs,discos, breweries and clubs.
One of the best walks available is from the Castle of Padenghe to the castle of Drugolo. Be transported back to the Middle Ages as you walk through the woods rich in oaks, lindens, maples and hazel trees, vineyards, olive groves, barley and sunflowers fields all emphasizing the beauty of the landscape.
Recent archeological finds provide witness to Padenghe's Neolithic origins. It is certain that during the Roman period, Padenghe was a place of rest for wealthy land owning families from Milan. In the III and IV century these families built villas and temples in the town of Padenghe.
Padenghe has lots of spectacular medieval architecture such as its Castle - the cities of Brescia and Verona have even quarrelled over the castle as to which of the two owns it! The Castle was built at the end of the IX century on the ruins of a Roman fort. It is probably the oldest castle in the Valtenesi area. Part of the parapet towers above the walls with a strong central tower. Within the walls themselves, along narrow pebble paths, there are still houses, some of which have been newly renovated.
Padenghe del Garda is hometown of the painter Andrea Giovanni Bertanza who got inspiration from Palma il Giovane and Veronese. He was active in the Valtenesi area and in the Lake Riviera up to the end of the XVI century. In Padenghe sul Garda it is also possible to admire works of art in the church Santa Maria, built in 1682, where there are preserved paintings of Zenone Veronese, Francesco Giugno, Francesco Paglia, G.A. Zadei and sculptures of Antonio Callegari and Beniamino Simoni. There is a very interesting entrance, covered by a rustic technique.