Garda's gulf is a real jewel and is characterised by its sky-blue color and Mediterranean vegetation. The gulf is enclosed to the North by Monte Luppia, whose slopes plunge into the water to form the beautiful "Punta San Vigilio" the favourite haunt of celebrities who spent their holidays on the Riviera. To the south you'll find the ("Colle della Rocca": from this vantage point (a path, winding its way through the vegetation, leads up to it) the view of the lake is breathtaking. It was on this "Rocca" that a medieval castle important enough to make people change the lake's name from "Benacus" to "Lago di Garda".

On the hills which act as a backdrop to the lake lies Costermano and the nearby hamlets of Castion, Marciaga and Albaré. This is where noble families in former times built splendid palaces as holiday-homes, one of these is the magnificent Villa Pellegrini (at Castion) where concerts and theatrical performances are often held.

Cultural Events and Sports

The most important folkloristic and cultural events at lake Garda are related to its fishing industry: the "Palio delle Contrade" is a race held on the 15th of August in which boats compete, whilst the Sardellata at Pal del Vo' is a dinner, held on a boat in the middle of the lake by moon-light. This take place in July.

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The lake is an ideal spot for sporting enthusiasts - you can go swimming, sailing, windsurfing and even mountain - biking, horse - riding and free-climbing. There is a state-of- the-art golf-course facing the gulf, and you can even play tennis, football and mini-soccer here.

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Arts and nature walks

A walk along the shore-line of the lake, round the gulf from Rocca to San Vigilio is an absolute must and is not taxing either. Other fascinating itineraries take you up to the Rocca itself, Monte luppia and into the lush vegetation of the Valde Molini (between Garda and Costermano) equipped with health and fitness course.

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