Bardolino and the surrounding area

Inhabited since prehistoric times, Bardolino owes its current form to the Della Scala family, who turned it into an important walled city.

Within the walls, visitors can admire numerous religious monuments, such as the Church of San Zeno, dating back to the second half of the 9th century, the Romanesque Church of San Severo, embellished with frescoes from the 12th to the 14th centuries, the Churches of San Vito and San Nicolò, built between the 18th and 19th centuries, the Parish Church of Santa Maria, in Cisano, built in the 12th century over the remains of a previous religious building from the 7th century, and the Monastery of San Colombano (11th century), dependent on the Abbey of San Colombano in Bobbio.

There are also numerous villas, all dating to the 19th century, including Villa Bottagisio, with a park occupying the entire northern part of the bay of Bardolino, and the beautiful Casa Ottolenghi, designed by the architect Carlo Scarpa.

.In addition to the Wine and Oil Museums, Bardolino is also home to the Sisàn Museum, dedicated to the ornithological, fishing and hunting traditions of the Garda area.

The main purpose of the museum is to promote knowledge of birds and of the historical and craft traditions related to hunting and fishing activities that were once widely practised in the Lower Garda area.