Relax in this windy lake region that writer Goethe described as a “marvel of nature” on the hillside of Monte Baldo.
Nago-Torbole is a picturesque vision, with red-tiled rooftops and lush green hills overlooking Lake Garda. As its name suggests, the municipality consists of two parts: lakeside Torbole and hilltop Nago. Wander through winding alleys to absorb the medieval architecture of these charming hamlets.
The fishing village of Torbole offers excellent views of sloping green mountains and the turquoise lake. Stroll along the curved bay to see the quaint houses. Rent equipment and join windsurfers on the lake.
Visit the St. Andrea Church, devoted to the patron saint of fishermen. Admire the Baroque façade of this 18th-century church surrounded by an olive grove. The apse contains a large painting by Verona artist Giambettino Cignaroli that features realistic portrayals of 18th-century townspeople.
Climb the hills past the scenic cliff walls of Monte Brione to reach the village of Nago and the ruins of Penede Castle. Capture photos of the remaining walls of this castle, which was destroyed in the 18th century. Trees and shrubs have since partially enveloped the site.
Many trails traverse this hilly, green terrain. Spot the fascinating wall marks of the Marmitte dei Giganti providing evidence of former glaciers.
Dine at a romantic restaurant and try the traditional local cuisine. Trout, pike and an array of other fish reflect the town’s proximity to the lake. Try a dish of spaghetti with sardines or sausage wrapped in polenta pastry.
Expect warm summers with a strong wind that encourages sailing and windsurfing on the lake. The breeze is so important to the watersports culture that locals have Italian names for different types of wind.
Find this town just 26 miles (42 kilometers) southwest of Trento in the province of Trentino, near the borders of provinces Veneto and Lombardia in the northern part of Italy. Fly to the domestic Bolzano Airport and drive south for 60 miles (98 kilometers) to get here.
Archeological ruins, water sports and quaint churches and restaurants are among the attractions in Nago-Torbole.