Situated on the shore of Lake Garda, 130 kilometres West of Venice, Bardolino is one of the most popular Lake Garda attractions. Bardolino is located in the Verona Province of Italy and is famous for the wine that bears its name. Bardolino has a long history with origins dating from ancient Roman times and evidence of settlement during the Bronze Age has also been discovered. Modern Bardolino dates from the Medieval period. The Church of San Zeno, dating from the ninth century, is one of its architectural attractions.
The views across the Lake from the beach are spectacular, and the Ledo Mirabello Beach is one of the most relaxing. Whilst Bardolino’s beaches are largely of pebble, there is a sandy beach at Lazise to the South. The surrounding countryside is a haven for those who wish to engage in active pastimes such as hiking, cycling, and rock climbing.
Despite its popularity as a tourist destination, Bardolino has not succumbed as much as other destinations to the pressures of the tourist trade and retains a certain sophistication. Bardolino’s shops carry high fashion and quality items, lifting the town above the usual tourist-oriented location.
There is no shortage of places to enjoy great food and fine wine, a speciality of the region, and there are many bars and clubs, with Austrian and German beer popular. The vineyards nearby the town are well worth exploration, and there is the Zeni Winery and Wine Museum to explore. The Winery was established in 1870 and is a classic showcase for those interested in the wine-making process. The museum displays such artefacts as a 15th Century wine press and reproductions of ancient amphora used to store wine.
Bardolino is also famous for its olive oil and the Olive Oil Museum has many exhibits with free admission upon request. The Ornithological Museum is another popular destination for those exploring Bardolino.
The Church of San Severo dates back to the ninth century AD and 12th Century frescoes still adorn the walls.
And also San Zeno Church, built in the ninth century, and Santa Maria Church in the 12th on the site of an 8th century structure.