Peschiera del Garda

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Peschiera del Garda
Comune di Peschiera del Garda
Peschiera del Garda is located in Italy
Peschiera del Garda
Peschiera del Garda
Location of Peschiera del Garda in Italy
Coordinates: 45°26′N 10°41′E / 45.433°N 10.683°E / 45.433; 10.683Coordinates: 45°26′N 10°41′E / 45.433°N 10.683°E / 45.433; 10.683
Country Italy
Region Veneto
Province Verona (VR)
Frazioni Peschiera, San Benedetto di Lugana, Broglie
 • Mayor Umberto Chincarini
 • Total 17.63 km2 (6.81 sq mi)
Elevation 68 m (223 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 9,995
 • Density 570/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Arilicensi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 37019, 37010
Dialing code 045
Patron saint Saint Martin
Saint day November 11
Website Official website

Peschiera del Garda [peˈskjeːra dɛl ˈɡarda] (Venetian: Pischera; Latin: Ardelica, Arilica) is a town and comune in the province of Verona, in Veneto, Italy. When Lombardy-Venetia was under Austrian rule, Peschiera was the northwest anchor of the four fortified towns constituting the Quadrilatero, the fortress is on an island in the river Mincio at its outlet from Lake Garda.

Probably Village of Peschiera del Garda, 1533 or later by Girolamo dai Libri


Roman Ardelica was a town of Gallia Transpadana that occupied the site of the modern Peschiera del Garda, at the southeast angle of the Lacus Benacus (Lago di Garda), just where the Mincius (modern Mincio) issued from the lake, the name is found under the corrupted form Ariolica in the Tabula Peutingeriana, which correctly places it between Brixia and Verona; the true form is preserved by inscriptions, of which one says that it was a trading place, with a corporation of ship-owners, collegium naviculariorum Ardelicensium. (Orell. Inscr. 4108.) The town is mentioned as Arilica in Pliny the Elder's Naturalis Historia.

The fortress at Peschiera played a prominent part in most military campaigns conducted in northern Italy after 1400, especially during the Italian campaigns of the French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars. At the Battle of Peschiera fought on 6 August 1796, the day after the major French victory at the Battle of Castiglione, a French force commanded by general Masséna drives out the Austrians, after the Siege of Peschiera, during the First Italian War of Independence, it was taken by the Piedmontese from the Austrians, following a gallant defence by general Rath lasting six weeks, on 30 May, 1848.

Peschiera del Garda was also known for its military jail, which closed in 2002.

The comune is part of the Associazione Città del vino ("Association of Wine Cities").

In winter, the nearby Laghetto del Frassino is the most important habitat for tufted ducks in Italy (Morbioli & Sighele 2006).

Main sights[edit]

Western corner of the fortress
  • The fortress and the external fortifications. They were included in UNESCO's World Heritage Site list as part of "Venetian Works of Defence between 15th and 17th centuries: Stato da Terra – western Stato da Mar" in 2017.[2]
  • Sanctuary of Madonna del Frassino (1511). It houses works by Paolo Farinati and Zeno da Verona

Bounding communes[edit]


Peschiera del Garda railway station, opened in 1854, forms part of the Milan–Venice railway.

Twin cities[edit]

World heritage site[edit]

It is home to one or more prehistoric pile-dwelling (or stilt house) settlements that are part of the Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps UNESCO World Heritage Site.[3]


  • Morbioli, Marco; Sighele, Maurizio (2006). "L'avifauna del Laghetto del Frassino (Peschiera del Garda, Verona, Veneto)". Bollettino del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Verona Botanica Zoologia (30): 275–291.  PDF fulltext

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