The Lugana region: there are lots of good reasons for exploring it
Soil that turns into a sort of marsh after abundant rainfall, but which breaks up like clay in periods of drought: that is Lugana, the region which one of Italy’s most famous white wines comes from. The area of the controlled denomination of origin (D.O.C.) lies on the southern coast of Lake Garda between Desenzano and Peschiera, and between two Regions: Lombardy and the Veneto.
Even today, many historical remains can be admired: finds from the Bronze Age (at the G. Rambotti Archaeological Museum in Desenzano); from the Roman era, there are the spectacular Grottoes of Catullus at Sirmione and mosaics in the Roman villa romana in the centre of Desenzano del Garda. The importance of this area also continued during the rule of the La Scala family (Scaliger Castle at Sirmione), and during the Risorgimento, with the battles of San Martino and Solferino. Now, where there were once bloody theatres of war, there are gentle stretches of vineyards, dotted with wineries and farmhouses.
The Tower of San Martino, inaugurated in 1893 to commemorate the time when people were fighting for the unification of Italy, is now the iconic monument of the little Denomination of Origin that bears the same name as the village, San Martino della Battaglia.
Tourism and leisure opportunities in the vicinityOccasioni di turismo e svago intorno a noi
Other information and further details on the Brescia Tourism website.