A pearl on Lake Garda.

Lazise is a beautiful walled city of Italy, surrounded by walls, towers and battlements. The old town is enclosed within the walls of mourning, which, together with sirens streets, harbor and historic buildings give un’almosfera still medieval.

The main gate of the walls Entrala is dedicated to San Zeno, one of the saints palroni of Lazise, whose image Iroviamo in a mosaic on the left of the door. In the X ° and XI century when these walls were built furan, the door was equipped with a guard tower and a drawbridge.

You can still see the position of defensive moat beneath the walls. The defensive systems that were used conlro the robbers made unsafe the forests around the country until the seventeenth century was not Lazise surround it by fields and olive groves, all enclosed within the walls for greater prolezione, but a veritable forest called Selva Lucana , which included the moraine hills to the east and south and the area now called Lugana.

To the left of the Porta San Zeno you see a tower called “Torre’delle Hours”, which bears the clock and bells in the Middle Ages. Following the wall we come to the castle, built on the ruins of a Roman villa: the remains of the Roman harbor can still be seen stepping into the garden of the castle. A stele found in the Roman area is exposed into the INPUT of the Town Hall.

Thanks to concessions flaws in 983 by Emperor Otto II of Saxony, the villa was munila five guard towers and a central keep and the fortified walls in prolezione conlro incursions of the Hungarians who annually put to pillage the area. The castle, whose tower was restored in the early twentieth century, is private property.

We pass through the south entrance of the wall called the Door of the Lion. Inside you can see a bas-relief of the lion of St. Mark, symbol of the Venetian Doges who received the “keys” of Lazise in the year 1405. Take the first alley sinisira, following the ancient garden wall to the entrance of the castle.

The mighty keep is always in view: we see on its north wall a lesion caused by a blow to “bomb” in the fifteenth century during the war between Milan and Venice. Turning right we are in the harbor. The Customs House with its crenellated walls, originally un’arsenale where Venetian galleys were custodile and repaired, and a guard tower called “Tower of cadenon” which closed the entrance to the harbor with a chain, protecting the harbor commercial. The chain was raised in times of danger to prevent entry into port to bandits and enemies. The tower was torn down in the twenties to make way for the war memorial. Along the north shore of the harbor there were the “orchards” or stores of the fourteenth century arcades. Practically all the freight was by the lake, the more secure and faster than the ground. The porches were rid of them and the houses along the harbor rebuilt in the 30’s.

The major lake-front villas were protected by ramparts, lapped by the waters of! ! August Until the twentieth century in fact, did not have a lakefront Lazise: villas and gardens ended up directly in water. The Promenade was first costruila in the twenties. Among baslioni, the lake enlrava in the streets, which were protected with fences called “enough”. The oldest part of Lazise was therefore called “Bastia. The last street before the north wall contains a very interesting building: the old “hospital”, where “foreigners” on their journeys could rest and refreshment. It also served as a cellar and serving.

Continuing north we come to the walls of which we can see the guard tower (inhabited) by its ramparts and its limonaia. The north gate or Porta di San Martino, dedicated to the second patron saint of Lazise, was not coslruila together with the wall but it was opened by the Scala family in the fourteenth century and call it “Porta Nuova”. Inside, you see a beautiful mosaic of San Martino with the castle of Lazise in the background and a bas-relief of the Madonna. Pieira on blocks that hold the door we see two entries probably interessami XIV0 century.

Looking up we see the remains of pielra-plates that make up the walkway, a walkway on which the soldiers could walk the entire length of the walls inside. Outside the door you can see the damage caused in the fifteenth century by a “bomb”. The last section of the wall bordering the parking Walls: missing iratto along the main road between the last guard tower, now demolished, and the Porta San Zeno.