Footprintfocus Verona and Lake Garda is the only dedicated guide available covering this popular Italian destination. Features an Essentials section with practical tips to help plan a trip, detailed information on attractions and comprehensive listings of where to eat, sleep and have fun.
• Essentials section with tips on getting there and around
• Up-to-date recommendations of great places to stay and eat
• Highlights map of the region plus detailed street maps where relevant
• Slim enough to fit in a pocket
Loaded with advice and information on how to get around, this concise Footprintfocus guide will help travellers get the most out of Verona and Lake Garda without weighing them down. The content of the Footprintfocus Verona and Lake Garda guide has been extracted from Footprint's Italian Lakes guide.
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The regions in which Verona and Lake Garda lie are some of the wealthiest in Italy and the richest in diversity.
The east coast of shimmering Lake Garda, the Roman city of Verona and the Palladian architecture of Vicenza reside in the Alpine foothills of prosperous Veneto whilst the dramatic west coast of Garda, the post-industrial, culturally thriving city of Brescia, and low-lying Cremona and Mantua are in the manufacturing and agricultural powerhouse of Lombardy.
The Roman ruins of Verona, Sirmione and Brescia show that this area was always built on ambition and power-struggles. Fragmented into often warring city states, the North of Italy came together briefly in the 12th century to see off the imperialist plans of the German Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I (aka Barbarossa or ‘red beard’). However, once the external enemy was dealt with the unity broke and each city went back behind their fortifications where they seethed and plotted against each other.
Ruling dynasties left dazzling cultural legacies: the Scaligeri of Verona, the Gonzaga of Matua and the Milanese Visconti and Sforza in Cremona. Boundaries and displays of wealth were paramount: walls and Castelli showed strength whilst churches, buildings and art showed their greatness.
When the maritime might of the Republic of Venice turned to terrafirma affairs Brescia, Verona and other hinterlands fell under their control. After Napoleon crushed the Venetian state, the Austrians moved in but only until 1870 when Italy was unified by Garibaldi and everyone became an Italian.
Once the playground of the monied and the Fascisti, Garda is now invaded each weekend by the hot and sticky Bresciani and Veronesi who pine for fresh-air pursuits and cooler nights in their family villas.
Sun worshippers, shopaholics, outdoor types, foodies, wine buffs or art and history lovers: there’s something and everything here for all visitors.