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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.

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Lake Garda All Inclusive

On this wonderful all inclusive holiday, you have the chance to explore the charming towns and villages surrounding Lake Garda and enjoy excursions to the fabulous cities of Verona and Venice.

Departs from April 2017 to September 2017.
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Sanctuary of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Dating from 1460 and consecrated in 1482, the Church and Sanctuary of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in San Felice de Benaco is a building of architectural beauty in the Romanesque and Gothic styles typical of the region. The Sanctuary is unmissable for its remarkable fifteenth and sixteenth century frescoes and for an outstanding sculpture of the Madonna.

Isola del Garda
Lake Garda's largest island is situated just 220 metres into the lake from the cape on which San Felice de Benaco and Portese are located. An unmissable destination, the historic Isola del Garda has, over the centuries, served as a Roman burial ground, a hideout for pirates, site of a Franciscan monastery and a retreat for Italy's aristocracy.

Portese Castle
Portese's castle dates from the early medieval period and was constructed to defend the region from invading Barbarians. Situated adjacent to the village's library, the ruins of a single circular tower are all that remains of this ancient structure.

Rotingo Palace
The beautiful eighteenth-century Palazzo Rotingoin San Felice de Benaco has served as the village's Town Hall since 1993 and features exquisitely carved wooden ceilings, decorative coats of arms and historic frescoes.

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