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Several archeological findings testify a prehistoric settlement of the area. Castelnuovo was called “Beneventum” in ancient times and later “Quadrivium” because of its geographical location in between the cities Verona, Mantova, Brescia and Trento. In the XII century it received the name “Castrum novum” which changed in course of time to Castelnuovo (from 1867 Castelnuovo di Verona and since 1970 Castelnuovo del Garda). In 1630 Castelnuovo was struck by plegue which decimated the population, bringing the number of inhabitants from 1130 to 387. April 11th-April 12th 1848 the battle of Castelnuovo took place, and the town suffered the shame of s raid carried out by Austrian soldiers who laid the town waste burning almost all the homes and killing a great number of inhabitants.
– WHAT TO SEE IN CASTELNUOVO DEL GARDA
Churches Little Church of the Virgin of the Angels. It is located on St. Lorenzo hill. It is characterized by walls covered with many ex-votos. Church of S. Maria. An octagonal-planned church characterized by a beautiful bell tower in a Roman style. Parish Church of S. Andrea – XVIII century Church of San Filippo and San Giacomo – XVIII century. Villa Cossali Sella Elegant villa of the XVI century characterized by a wide-arched porch and a pigeon tower. Villa Rizzini Salvelli Fascinating building located downtown. It is surrounded by a big park. Villa Valcerea This fine villa stands in the outskirts of town, at the border with Valeggio sul Mincio. It is characterized by a big wood-fired oven to cook bread. Villa Arvedi d’Emilei . Built between the XVII and the XII century. Today it hosts a winery in the suburb of Cavalcaselle. Villa Negri Mosconi . It probably dates back to the XVI century; the villa was built downtown by the Counts Selettei of Sandrà. Inside the villa there are an oratory, a lodge and an elegant greenhouse. Definitely worth attention is the park characterized by green pines, bay-trees, cypresses and many statues. The Castle was built in 1387 on behalf of Giangaleazzo Visconti; it stands in a dominant position in the town centre. In the middle of the second wall, the present great tower was built.
– WHAT TO DO IN CASTELNUOVO DEL GARDA
Castelnuovo del Garda is famous for the presence on its territory of the amusement park called Gardaland. It is the third-most-popular theme park in Europe. It spreads over a surface of 600.000 square metres. Inside the park there are mechanical and water attractions and since 2003 Gardaland has been the first Italian park with theme structures. In Castelnuovo del Garda there is also the Sea Life Aquarium, which combines modern display technology, biological expertise, and entertainment to provide themed journeys through European and tropical waters. This often provides close encounters with sealife, from shrimps and starfish toseahorses, sharks and stingrays. “Campanello” beach which is located in the Campanello area and “Ronchi” beach (next to Peschiera, the locality in which the amusement park has been set up) offer tourists services and facilities for swimming, in the Lake Garda.