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Torri del Benaco

Torri del Benaco has long been a favorite holiday spot on the shores of Lake Garda, hosting the likes of writer André Gide, Hollywood luminaries Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, and diva Maria Callas over the years. It’s easy to see why so many have fallen for the town’s charms, with its peaceful beaches, pretty waterfront promenade, historic buildings, splendid views, and proximity to hiking, sailing, and cycling opportunities. Castello Scaligero, the city’s imposing castle, is named for Verona’s ruling family, the della Scalas, who controlled the region from 1262 to 1387. Today, the castle is a museum open to the public with a greenhouse in the back housing citrus plants, including lemon and orange trees. It’s also a short drive to the hamlet of Pai, where you can hike to the suspended Tibetan bridge that connects to the village of Crero, and hangs 45 meters above the valley below.

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Living in Lake Garda

Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy, spanning three provinces: Trentino in the north, Brescia in the west, and Verona in the east. The story of the region begins in the Ice Ages, when glaciers moved through the land, creating a ring of alpine mountains before melting into cerulean lake waters. The result of these glacial paths is an environment that seems custom designed for the most enjoyable of lifestyles: Olives, grapes, and lemons flourish in the morainic soil; the temperate weather is livened up by mountain breezes; and natural beauty is everywhere. Many residents of Limone, a town on Lake Garda’s shores, turn out to have the “Limone gene,” guaranteeing long, healthy lives. While the rest of the world marvels at this genetic quirk, Lake Garda’s residents merely shrug—what else would you expect from a life spent in one of the most perfect places on Earth?