Torri del Benaco

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Torri del Benaco
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Torri del Benaco (Italy)
Torri del Benaco
Country Italy
region Veneto
province Verona  (VR)
Local name Tóri del Benaco
Coordinates 45 ° 36 '  N , 10 ° 41'  E Coordinates: 45 ° 36 '30 "  N , 10 ° 41' 8"  E
height 67  m slm
surface 51.37 km²
Residents 3,071 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density 60 inhabitants / km²
Post Code 37010
prefix 045
ISTAT number 023086
Popular name Torresani
Website Torri del Benaco

Torri del Benaco ( Latin Castrum turrium ) is an Italian municipality with 3,071 inhabitants (as of December 31, 2019) on the east bank of Lake Garda . It is located at the Gardesana Orientale .

Community structure

The municipality is divided into the main town Torri del Benaco and several districts (fractions), u. a .:

  • Albisano
  • Pai
  • Crero
  • Ca 'Tronconi


Torri del Benaco harbor

In the 15th century, Torri del Benaco acquired a special meaning: the municipality was appointed by the Doge of Venice as the headquarters of the Gardesana dell'Acqua . This was an amalgamation of ten municipalities for independent administration and to prevent smuggling to the west bank of the lake.

Benaco is another name for Lake Garda, Italian pronounced Benȧco , Venetian Bėnaco .


War memorial for the fallen naval soldiers in the Baia dei Pini. In the background the Monte Pizzocolo .
  • In Torri del Benaco there is a Scaliger castle , which was built in 1383 to protect the small port by Antonio della Scala (1381-1387). Today the castle houses a kind of local history museum with exhibits on fishing history and olive growing in the area. In 1760 the second curtain wall was torn down to make way for a "Limonaia" (see picture), which can be covered and heated over the winter. The greenhouse is attached to the museum and can be viewed from there. Count Carlo Bettoni-Cazzago, whose villa can be visited in Bogliaco , devoted himself to lemon cultivation on Lake Garda. So that the tropical fruits could survive the winter, he developed the lemon greenhouses at the end of the 18th century. To do this, he drove ten meter high posts into the earth and surrounded them on three sides with wood. This made it possible to successfully grow lemons that were very resistant. In the extremely cold winter of 1928/1929, however, practically all cultures around Lake Garda froze to death, as the Italian military had confiscated the wood of the "Limonaien" at the end of the First World War to build barracks.
  • The small baroque church "Santi Pietro e Paolo" contains a valuable organ, and a carillon plays in the church every day at 7 am, 4 pm and 7 pm.
  • Church of SS. Trinità, Piazza Calderini
  • On the western slope of Monte Bre and Monte Are, above Brancolino, rock carvings can be viewed.


  • There is a year-round car ferry connection to Toscolano-Maderno on the west side of the lake.

Known guests

Winston Churchill , André Gide , Vivien Leigh , Laurence Olivier , King Juan Carlos of Spain and the former German President Horst Köhler have already stayed at this point on the Olive Riviera . Bodo Kirchhoff owns a house here.

Web links

Commons : Torri del Benaco  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Statistiche demografiche ISTAT. Monthly population statistics of the Istituto Nazionale di Statistica , as of December 31 of 2019.