Boat tour of Garda Island and Gardone Riviera

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    Boat tour of Garda Island and Gardone, everyone on board

    Between history and nature

    This boat tour will make you discover the hidden beauties of the southern Brescia shore of Lake Garda and our beloved Sirmione peninsula. You will discover and admire islands fascinating in history and nature, a medieval fortress perched on a mountain, a Roman villa, the castle of Sirmione and you will see where the thermal waters of Sirmione emerge from the bowels of the earth. Let our captains accompany you and tell you ancient stories full of charm.

    Tour duration

    120 / 140 minutes

    Itinerary

    Valentino port, Sirmione Del Garda

    Departure

    The mooring port where our tours depart is Porto Valentino in the historic center of Sirmione.

    Villa Callas

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    1

    From the boat we could admire Villa Callas which was the home of the famous soprano singer of Hellenic origin. The villa was purchased by Giovanni Battista Meneghini to spend family holidays on our magnificent and romantic Sirmione peninsula. The villa was sold after the separation of the two spouses and today it is a private home that cannot be visited. Arriving near the villa on foot along Via Caio Valerio Catullo, you will find a marble plaque commemorating the stay of Maria Callas and her husband during the 1950s.

    Grotte di Catullo

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    2

    In the next stop of our boat tour we find the remains of the Roman villa known for centuries as the Grotte di Catullo.

    To date, the Villa is a fundamental testimony of the Roman period in the Sirmione area and is the most impressive example of a Roman villa present in northern Italy.

     

    Fortress of Manerba

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    3

    The Manerba fortress perched on the top of a hill on the Brescia side of Lake Garda is a site of significant medieval archaeological importance. From our boat, during the tour, we could admire the medieval fortifications and the magnificent nature that surrounds it.

    Rabbit Island

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    4

    The rabbit island or San Biagio island is a private island famous for the particular characteristic of transforming into a peninsula when the tide of the lake goes down, allowing tourists to walk along a narrow strip of land that emerges connecting it to the mainland. A particular place immersed in the fairy tale of Lake Garda.

    Garda Island

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    5

    The island of Garda, visited over the centuries by illustrious people such as San Francesco D’Assisi, Sant’ Antonio da Padova, San Bernardino da Siena and Dante Alighieri; theater of fascinating historical events that made it a hermitage for hermit monks, a refuge for pirates as well as having also been the headquarters of a Savoy garrison at the dawn of the Kingdom of Italy, today it houses a villa built in the 19th century in neo-Gothic Venetian style, framed as in a painting by green nature and the blue Lake Garda. You will discover, on board our boat, a fascinating place from an unusual perspective, the island of Garda, a pearl of undisputed beauty.

    Coast of Gardone Riviera

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    6

    This leg of the tour includes many places characteristic for their interesting past. We will see from the perspective of the lake comfortably sitting on our boat, ancient villas, hotels that tell past stories of wars and illustrious people, the Vittoriale degli Italiani (House of Gabriele D’Annunzio), San Marco tower, Villa Feltrinelli where Mussolini was held hostage by the Nazis during World War II and much more. This place will definitely leave you speechless.

    Sirmione thermal spring

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    7

    Through a journey lasting over 20 years, the water that rains inside the Monte Baldo drainage basin at 800 meters above sea level is channeled into the depths of the earth at 2500m below sea level, enriching itself with mineral substances and increasing its temperature. until it gushes to the surface at 69° centigrade. From the boat we could see the exact point of the lake where the water re-emerges from the depths of the rock where, to signal its presence, there will be air bubbles and the classic smell of the spa.

    Scaliger castle of Sirmione

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    8

    The Castle dates back to around 1278 and was built by Mastino I della Scala, lord of Verona, on the remains of an ancient Roman fortification. It was a focal point of the Scaliger system of defense and control of Lake Garda thanks to its territorial location on the border, in the middle of the lake. The Castle with its dock is a rare case of fortification intended solely for port use. In fact, the castle was not used as a residential place. The place is very suggestive and can take the visitor into an ancient and fairy-tale world. Regarding this, a legend about the Castle is known: that of Ebengardo and Arice.

    Passage under the castle bridges

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    9

    If the conditions of the lake allow it, we will pass with the boat under the low bridges of the castle which act as a passage to the historic center of Sirmione. Watch your head!

    Return to the Valentino port

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    9

    Si fa ritorno al porto Valentino con nuovi ricordi ed emozioni che rimarranno indelebili nella nostra mente per sempre.