Lazise – A Pearl on Lake Garda
Lazise is one of Italy’s most beautiful walled towns, surrounded by turreted walls. The historic centre is entirely within the walls, which together with the narrow streets, the harbour and the historic buildings, give the town a truly medieval atmosphere.
The main entrance of the walls is dedicated to San Zeno, one of the patron saints of Lazise, whose image we find in a mosaic on the left of the gate. In the 10th and 11th centuries, when the walls were built, the gate was equipped with a watchtower and a drawbridge.
Until the 17th century, Lazise was not surrounded by fields and olive groves, all of which were enclosed within the walls for greater protection, but by a veritable forest called Selva Lucana, which included the moraine hills to the east and south and the area that is now called Lugana.
To the left of Porta San Zeno there is a tower called Torre delle Ore, which in the Middle Ages was equipped with a clock and bells. Continuing along the walls we come to the castle, built on the remains of a Roman villa: the remains of the Roman military harbour can still be seen in the castle garden.