Bardolino, Province of Verona, Veneto

Situated at 30 km northwest of Verona, on a hill along the shores of Lake Garda. In the past it was mainly a fishing and agricultural center.


  • Altitude: 65 m a.s.l
  • Population: about 6,000 inhabitants
  • Zip/postal code: 37011
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 045
  • Patron Saint: St. Nicolò, celebrated on 6 December
  • Frazioni & Localities: Cisano, Calmasino.


Prehistorical remains show that the area was inhabited by man, living on stilt houses. There are also remains od Roman times, but the first mention of the place was at the time of king Pipinus, 8th century AD, who donated the local church of San Zeno to Verona. In the 9th century the castle was built, and later under the Scaligeri family the fortress enclosed the whole town.

In the 15th century it was conquered by the Venetian Republic, which established a confederation among the 10 towns of the eastern shore of Lake Garda, under the name of "Gardesana dell'Acqua", ruled by a magistrate called "Capitano del lago". At the time Bardolino was the center of the Venetian lake fleet. In 1797 it followed the destiny of Venice, given to Austria by Napoleon, and only in 1866 it was included in the Kingdom of Italy.

The Economy

In the last few decades the economy centered on tourism and sports, with a growth of hotels, restaurants and trattorie, vacation rentals. The hills were cultivated with vineyards since prehistoric times, and give a widely renowned wine, the Bardolino, made until the 19th century by fermenting the mustin holes in impermeable rock strata covered by stone slabs, from a mixture of grapes: the Corvina, Molinara and the Negrara.

What to see

  • The Bardolino Castle, which was restored many times in the centuries and little is left of the original construction
  • The 9th-century Church of San Zeno, among the most remarkable churches established under the Frankish occupation, built with a square plan and very similar to Sant'Angelo al Monte Raparo in Basilicata, San Giuseppe in Gaeta and San Costanzo in Capri.
  • The Museo del Vino at the ZENI cantina, with exhibits on the history of winemaking in the region. It is also possible to taste the 14 wines made in the area.

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