A visit to the sweet hamlet of Borghetto in the Lake Garda region of Northern Italy
I love little villages and towns, especially in the Northern regions of Italy around Lake Garda, oozing with so many small hamlets and many fronting a river that runs through the village. They are quite lovely to visit including Borghetto in the Valeggio area which runs along the Mincio river. Borghetto translated into ‘fortified settlement’ was the first settlement along the Mincio river with old ramparts and crumbling walls that once protected this flat and productive land that is called Valeggio.
The township is attractive and just blends in naturally to the environment and the river which cuts the hamlet in half is a wonderful area to walk along the river banks and watch locals occasionally feed the wildlife in the area.
Cobblestone streets with stucco and stone homes of every pastel colors, it feels very Mediterranean and still lived in even though this small hamlet does attract a tourist crowd with a variety of attractions to the Lake Garda area.
I just love peeking at portals and store windows and looking for specialty foods or unique gifts to take home as souvenirs. Even taking photographs is my own favorite souvenir, so I love to capture all the beautiful elements that give these villages an identity. We are starting to get hungry and investigate all the local restaurants to check out the specialties of the day and fortunately we have a dining spot already arranged in a local trattoria close by, just in time for a long Italian lunch experience.
New friends looking for a tasty treat
Ruins of the walled fortress at Borghetto
The castle of Valeggio called Scaligeri Castle is on a hill overlooking the entire valley region. It is the same castle that frames the Parco Giardino Sigurta that I wrote about recently here. The castle was linked to the town of Borghetto with these walls and towers to control access and control of the Mincio river during its timeframe.
We walk along the ramparts which are now part of the main road that crosses through the valley of Valeggio and stop by many look out points to the countryside and out to the village with these perfect postcard water views and magnificent fall colors.
The village was a very important town for the many working mills in the village used for grinding various grains including rice and wheat. Nowadays, the water mills are still operating and are left intact decorative purposes and add charming details to the towns historic past. To find out more information on visiting Borghetto and the surrounding attractions of the Verona region, you check visit their website here.
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