Join us on the Verona Pearl of the lake run, to explore a star-shaped fortified island between Lake Garda and the Mincio River. This is Peschiera del Garda, founded by the Romans, fortified in the 1300s, surrounded in 1500s by large Venetian bastions overlooking the water, militarized with huge barracks by the Austrians in 1800s… here in 1917 the King of Italy, the presidents of the Italian council, the French and the English decided on the strategy that ended the war and brought the three States to victory.
History is perfectly legible in the many monuments of the small village, where it’s possible to run between the river and the lake, on the green and flowery gardens built on the military ramparts, to admire the wonderful blue view of sky and water. Cannonball factories that have become wine bars, ice cream shops in the shipyards that produced ropes for the sails, surrounded by the lush vegetation of the northernmost Mediterranean climate in Europe.
The position of Peschiera is today strategic for international tourism: from here you can also move to quickly reach Verona, Venice, the Dolomites Alps or go shopping in Milan. Peschiera is about 25 km from Verona and easy to reach by train (the station is two minutes from our meeting point).
If you are near Lake Garda, run with us all around the pentagonal perimeter of Peschiera and let us lead you to the most hidden and panoramic corners of the village. Because of the Venetian Works of Defence between 15th and 17th centuries Peschiera del Garda is a Unesco World Heritage Site. Peschiera was a cornerstone of the incredible Venetian defensive network spanning more than 1000 km between eastern Italy and the eastern Adriatic coast in Croatia and Montenegro.
The attributes of the “Outstanding Universal Value” include earthworks and structures of fortification and defense from the Venetian Republic in the 16th and 17th centuries, as well as urban and defensive structures from both earlier (Medieval) and more recent periods of history (such as the Napoleonic and Austrian period modifications and additions).