Trips to San Felice de Benaco and Portese
Discover tranquillity, natural beauty and traditional villages on Lake Garda’s western shores
Lake Garda in central northern Italy has long been regarded as a go-to destination by those who appreciate fresh air, tranquillity and outstanding natural beauty and these are found in abundance in the region of the villages of San Felice de Benaco and Portese, situated on hilly glacial moraine on the western shore of the lake.
The architectural remains and ancient gravestones that dot the region attest to San Felice de Benaco's inhabitation since the Roman Era, during which a monastery of the order of San Francesco d'Assisi was built. In medieval times the region was subject to invasion and the remains of San Felice's defensive castle may still be visited today.
The tiny and picturesque Portese is a traditional Italian fishing village and features one of the few remaining authentic fishermen's harbours on Lake Garda. Portese is also renowned for its beautiful pebbled beach which is backed by a fine selection of restaurants and cafes making it an ideal location for those who wish to take a dip in the lake's crystal clear waters or simply to relax and enjoy superb views of the distant Dolomite Mountains.