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Arco: photo description (Arco)

The town of Arco is located on the right Bank of the river Sacra, in the place where the river valley begins to expand, and stretches up to the shores of lake Garda. Just 5 km away are the popular tourist resorts of Riva del Garda and Torbole.

Arco is divided in two parts: at the foot of the cliff, where one can see the ruins of an ancient castle, historic city centre with its elegant buildings, and in the West extends new part of the city. Thanks to "protect" the mountains from the North and the waters of Garda in the South, Arco boasts of a mild climate throughout the year, which is ideal for growing olives, magnolias, Laurel, cacti, palms and other plant species more typical for the Mediterranean.

Archaeological excavations in the region have found traces of settlements of the Neolithic and bronze ages. Were here and the Romans. For centuries, Arco was subjected to attacks from the Goths and the Lombards until the 11th century became an independent commune, and in the next century is not passed into the possession of the counts of Arco. Several times in the years of bloody strife between Guelphs and Ghibellines, the city was destroyed. In 1703 Arko seriously suffered from the invasion of the French, who literally dismantled his castle, and in 1804 the town became part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Only in 1918 it became part of United Italy.

Today in the heart of Arco, there is a public Park with a monument to the local artist Giovanni Segantini, the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, fountain Moz, City Hall, and Palazzo Giuliani. Nearby is Palazzo Marcabrun, in which are frescoes of Dionysius, Bonmartin the 16th century. And in the former building of the municipal casino of today offers a variety of cultural events. In the town of Largo Pina in the mid-19th century was built a luxurious Villa, where lived the Austrian Archduke albert. To the North of the house there is a Park in his name. There lie the ruins of a medieval castle. If you go towards the bridge over the river Sacra, you can come to the Palazzo dei Panni, which is now the town library and exhibition halls. And in the town Ceola is the temple of the Madonna delle Grazie, built in 1492 by Franciscan friars.

Summer walks around Arco will give travelers breathtaking views. The city almost from all sides surrounded by picturesque olive groves, in one of which hid the Church of the Madonna del Legal. Hikers should definitely visit the shelter climbers of San Pietro or climb to Monte Stivo. On the beaches of Arco you can go Windsurfing, diving, swimming or sailing. In winter on Monte Stivo open pistes, which are considered quite extreme.