Torbole sul Garda - Culture
The Austro-Hungarian forts are certainly worth a visit and the civic museum has been created within them. The Castel Pende, currently undergoing restoration, was fought over for a long time in the wars between the Guelphs and Ghibellinis because of its important strategic position that allowed complete visual control of the lake.
There are clear signs of the withdrawal of the glaciers as they have left in their wake smooth stone potholes.
The present building of the church of San Vigilio dates back to the 16th century, but it had already been mentioned in a document from 1200.
The first document that we have dates back to 1175 and restored in the Baroque era, located in a position that overlooks the town stands the church of S. Andrea, patron saint of fishermen. Along the route taken by the Venetian fleet there are magnificent views of the entire lake and the small valley of S. Lucia winds through a centuries old olive grove. An important cultural note concerns the painters and poets that have been to the town of Torbole sul Garda, such as Wolfgang Goethe, in actual fact you can admire the bronze plaque and inscription on the drinking fountain of Casa Alberti in Piazza Vittorio Veneto that documents his passage and Hans Lietzmann, who completed a fresco of S. Antonio speaking to the fish on the façade of Casa Beust. For those who love museums, in Rovereto ( 20 km ) there is the ‘Mart’ Museum of Modern Art and if you don’t mind travelling a little further afield there is the Museo del Buonconsiglio in Trento ( 45 km ). Located on one of the quays of the small harbour of Torbole sul Garda stands the Venetian style ‘Casa del Dazio’ or excise office, which was used to control both commercial and non commercial routes.