What to visit around North lake Garda, Arco and the Tenno lake

So what’s to visit around North lake Garda?

What I like about this area is that there are several beautiful places you can visit and they are all nearby. My tour of the North lake Garda area continued towards the town of Drena in the province of Trento, here it is impossible to miss the Romanesque style medieval castle of Drena. The castle, surrounded by walls, proudly stands on a rock with its tower still amazingly intact.

Drena castle

Due to the mild Sub-Mediterranean climate, thanks to the lake, the vegetation is typical of a Mediterranean climate even if it is immersed in the Alpine environment.

Valley on lake Garda

The typical local terraced plantations include olive groves, vineyards, chestnut groves and other Mediterranean plants.

Vineyards and olive groves on Lake Garda

Riva del Garda

The lake of Tenno can be described as a lake that looks like a painter’s palette. The water is so blue, crystal clear and the uncontaminated surroundings make it such a pleasure to the eye and ideal for swimming.
I loved the simphony of crickets singing in unison around the lake, definitely so Mediterranean!

Blue Tenno Lake

Tenno Lake in Trentino

At the heart of Northern Lake Garda you will find the town of Arco, aย well-known holiday resort which faces Lake Garda on one side whilst the other end is surrounded by mountains.
The Archiduke Albert of Habsburg built his winter residence here, the “Villa Arciducale” which is surrounded by a beautiful park that hosts exotic and Mediterranean plants.

View of Arco

I loved this fresco.

House in Arco in Trentino

The Castle of Arco situated just above the town was built by the Counts of Arco and it is one of the most beautiful medieval fortresses you can find in the Alps.

Town and castle of Arco

The town of Arco in Trentino

I had a walk around the town and you can find a distinctive Austrian influence in the architechture. All this area belonged to Austria until the First World War.

Fountain in Arco Trentino

Bells tower at Arco

I entered the tiny church of San Bernardino da Siena built in 1600 which is “hidden” behind the houses. It looked really cute as it is so small!

San Bernardino church at Arco

A very friendly old lady at the window seemed really keen on having a chat: “Hey lovely people what are you doing today?”. I smiled and felt again ever so welcome in this beautiful region.

lady at the window

Before leaving the town I went to the local organic farmers market which takes place every first and third Wednesday of the month.

Farmers Market at Arco

I had a chat with the market sellers. It was a small market but it provided all the essentials. The “more del gelso” or mulberries are delicious on tarts and I have tried a few. They have an interesting flavour and I think they would make wonderful tarts.



Vegetables at the farmers market

There were also organic jams, preserves and other local specialities. I love visiting farmers markets, my problem is that I would buy everything!

Organic farmers market


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7 Responses to What to visit around North lake Garda, Arco and the Tenno lake

  1. Susan

    I really enjoyed this virtual tour and your beautiful photos. I haven’t been to Italy. I was on the runway in Rome on my way to Hungary. I’m not sure if that counts though. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Alida

      There is so much to see in Italy! I am pleased you enjoyed the post ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. elisabetta

    What stunning locations Alida, absolutely breathtaking views. I now what you mean about markets I also get such a rush when I visit them and want to buy everything.

    • Alida

      Fruit and veg are often fresher at the farmers market they almost have a completely different taste to the ones you buy at the supermarkets.

  3. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    The rolling hills scenery is just stunning. The colour of that lake makes me want to just jump straight in to it!

    • Alida

      Yes that lake is unique with its pastel blue colours. I am seriously in love with this region.

  4. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    OMG!!! What an interesting and beautiful post! Your photos again are so clear and brilliant! Soon you will be taking photos for a travel agent. I love this little place..North Lake Garda is so quaint and lovely. I love the mountains in the background and the town is just so perfect for the area. I can see where it looks like a painters palette. The castle of Drena just adds to the scenery and I can see the Austrian influence. The church built in 1600 must be a sight to see..I love to see the churches. They are what was the backbone of the towns back then. The farmers market looks so fresh and delightful. I can see where you wanted to buy everything. Now, I have never had mulberries before, but they look like a blackberry. I would think they would be very sweet. Just a glorious place to visit or even live there. As you walked along the roads you must have felt like you were going back in time. Thank you for sharing this with us. Enjoy the rest of your week dear friend…Ciao!
    Hugs Dottie ๐Ÿ™‚

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