If you are after a holiday destination in Italy that has it all, then Torri del Benaco is just right for you. In this beautiful village, you can enjoy the slower pace of life, while immersing yourself in its history and culture. And for those who prefer some action, Lake Garda and the surrounding hills provide countless activities to keep you busy.
Where is Torri del Benaco?
Situated on the eastern shores of one of Italy’s biggest lakes, Lake Garda, Torri is part of the Veneto region. Its proximity to Verona (40 km) and Peschiera (25 km) makes it a great base from which to explore the regions’ other treasures. The nearest airport is Verona airport, which is just over 43 km from this picturesque village. By car, it will take around 50 minutes to get there.
A relaxing ferry ride will take you from Torri to other villages and towns on Lake Garda. This gives you the chance to see more beautiful places and eat more delicious food. The ferry operates all year round, so whether you go there in summer or winter, there are many places to visit. And because of the mild climate, Torri is also a great place to be in winter.
What to do in Torri del Benaco
Although it’s a small village, with only around 3,000 inhabitants, there is much to do and see. It’s a great place for a day trip or to stay for a longer period of time.
And there is something for everyone. Whether you are a history buff or love to get to know other cultures, beautiful Torri has you covered. Foodies will find delicious food and wine typical for the Veneto regions. Adventure lovers will also find lots to do, so nobody will feel left out.
Historic centre of Torri del Benaco
Surrounded by mediaeval walls and towers, Torri’s historic centre will transport you back to the Middle Ages. The colourful houses and the small alleys will invite you to a leisurely stroll where you can take in the village’s beauty.
The Torre dell’Orologio, or Clock Tower, was built in the 13th/14th century and was originally a watch tower. The clock was added in the 16th century, when it was turned into a storage and meeting place.
A memorial stone to one of Torri’s sons, Domizio Calderini, is also found in the historic centre. A humanist teacher who wrote about literature and geography in the 15th century.
The historic harbour of Torri del Benaco, once an important centre of trade, is now home to colourful boats. And if you like the water, why not walk along the lungolago or lakefront promenade. Enjoy the view over Lake Garda and maybe have a coffee at one of the bars along the way.
The imposing mediaeval castle, Castello Scaligero, towers over the historic centre and is a must for every tourist. The structure you see today was built in the 14th century on top of an earlier Roman fort and a 10th century castle.
There are still traces of the earlier castle, for example the Western tower. Anyone interested in history and architecture will enjoy spotting parts from different eras. Built to protect the village, it now houses a museum. Find out all about the history and traditions of the village throughout the centuries.
You can also find caves and underground passages, which were used during sieges, for example, when the Hungarians attacked the village. Immerse yourself in Torri’s history and find out what it was like to live there in the Middle Ages.
When you are ready to come back to the present, why not stroll along the castle’s battlements? Enjoy gorgeous views over the historic centre and Lake Garda. Be sure to have your phone or camera on hand.
Water sports on Lake Garda
But holidays in Torri del Benaco can also be full of adventure and fun. You have a good choice of different water sports on Lake Garda. Choose a leisurely boat ride to discover the lake’s many gems. Motor as well as sailing boats can be rented.
If you just want to sit back and enjoy, then book yourself onto an organised boat trip. Like a bit more action? Surfing, kitesurfing, diving, canoeing, water-skiing and paddleboarding can all be practised on Lake Garda. Try out something new or do what you love: it’s all on your doorstep in Torri.
Don't miss out Torri del Benaco
As you can see, Torri del Benaco has it all. No matter what you like to get up to on your holidays, you will find the perfect activity for you. It is also a great destination in autumn and winter, when the weather is mild.
Enjoy good food, history, culture, adventure and everything else in-between. This jewel of the Veneto region is a great place to explore Lake Garda and its surroundings. You will have the time of your life.