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Gargnano: photo description (Gargnano)

Gargnano is one of the largest settlements of the province of Brescia with a population of 3,300 people. It is located on the shores of lake Garda, and still keeps the atmosphere of a small fishing village. Part of Gargnano is part of the natural Park "Alto Garda Bresciano".

There is strong evidence that Gargnano existed in Roman times. In the 10th century, after the barbarian invasions, the town came under the control of Verona. Then, in the 15th century, it was conquered by the Venetian Republic, which Gargnano was until the end of the 18th century.

After the Second World war, the Trentino Alto Adige region was captured by the army of the Third Reich, Mussolini decided to settle in Gargnano at Villa Feltrinelli. And here, between Gargnano and Salo, he decided to create a so-called Italian social Republic - these places were easy to control, and nearby was the town of Limone, which was part of the German Empire. After the death of Mussolini in 1945, all the territories occupied by Italian and German troops, was conquered.

Today the economy Gargnano, occupying a hilly and sometimes mountainous terrain, based on the cultivation of olives and citrus. In coastal areas, developed fishing and tourism.

One of the most impressive attractions is the parish Church of San Martino of the 18th century, with its ellipsoidal Central nave. On the way from the Church to the historic centre of Gargnano you can admire the wonderful Palazzo Feltrinelli, built in 1898 in the Renaissance style. A reminder of the raids by the Austrians in the mid 19th century to serve the cannonballs on the walls of some buildings near the Harbor. The former Palazzo Comunale, or town Hall, built in 1582, is also located near the Harbor. You should definitely explore the Church of San Francesco, built in the late 13th century, and is now under the jurisdiction of the Franciscan order. And 2 km from Gargnano, stands the Church of San Giacomo di Kalino 11th century.

In the district of são Faustino is located the most Villa Feltrinelli, which was the residence of Mussolini during the Second World war. While in the area of Blacko you can see Villa Bettoni, designed in the 18th century, and the Church of San Pietro, the 15th-century. Also noteworthy is the Church of the Holy cross, lost among the picturesque olive groves.