Moniga del Garda is a small town on the western shore of Lake Garda. The village is imbedded in a green landscape with numerous olive groves and is part of the beautiful Valtenesi valley, composed of a variety of hills descending to the shore of Lake Garda from Padenghe sul Garda in the south to Salò gulf in the north. Moniga is due to its idyllic shingle beaches, the picturesque harbor, the enchanting landscape and its typical medieval structure, small roads and alleys a very popular holiday destination.
WHAT TO SEE IN MONIGA DEL GARDA
Built in the 10th century to defend itself from the Hungarian invasions, the Moniga on lake Garda fortress is the best preserved and probably the oldest fortification in the southern part of Lake Garda. The castle sits near the main road and is still in fairly good condition. Rectangular in shape (60 × 80), there is only one entrance at the centre of the eastern wall, where signs of an old drawbridge can still be seen. The crenulated city walls have four small round lookout towers on each corner. Three more towers are situated at the centre of the north, south and west walls. The square keep is now a bell tower. A residential quarter can be found in the courtyard of the castle. Don’t forget to visit the 18th century San Martino parish church. It was consecrated in October 1454 and extended in the second half of the 18th century. Inside one may admire the five altars; the high altar is dedicated to San Martino and the four lesser altars are dedicated to San Giuseppe, San Rosario, the Blessed Virgin Mary and Crucifix of Christ. Villa Brunati is a 17th century villa, privately owned today, has a square plan. Its ground floor has a large portico with nine arches supported by rusticated columns. The lunettes beneath the portico, with frescoes by Ettore Tito, Alessandro Milesi, Beppe Ciardi, Luigi Nono and Giacomo Favretto, all well-known Venetian painters of the 19th and 20th centuries, are noteworthy. The villa is surrounded by a park with century-old trees.
WHAT TO DO IN MONIGA DEL GARDA
The splendor and peace of the coast with its idyllic shingle beaches and the picturesque harbour, together with large fields, vineyards, olive trees and crops are the reason for families and couples to visit Moniga del Garda spending their time on long walks and admiring the dreamy panoramas. Moniga offers a range of accomodation from campsites, holiday apartments and hotels with the best facilities guaranteeing a holiday dedicated to sport, relaxation and culture. The hilly landscape of Moniga provides numerous possibilities for bikers; comfortable paths and small streets through vineyards, olive groves and fields. Moniga del Garda is beloved by wine connoisseurs and gourmet lovers as here the Chiaretto wine (rose wine) is produced. Chiaretto, the famous rosé wine of a light cherry color, with its special perfume of fruit and flowers and its well-balanced, dry taste, owes its creation to Pompeo Molmenti, who dedicated his attention intensively to the cultivation of vines and wine on his estate. It was in 1896 that this lawyer, teacher of art history, member of parliament and senator gave life to the “Chiaretto”, a wine which brings together the particular characteristics of red and white wine with a harmonious and incomparable taste. Moniga dedicates one events a year to this exceptional wine: in June there is the “Italia in Rosa” fair. A beautiful 10 km long panoramic road leads from the village through the cultivation area of Chiaretto to Salò. It is possible to find restaurants using locally produced quality certified products and tourists may visit the farms to try these products themselves.