Island of Garda


he Island of Garda, also known as Isola Borghese, is located at 200 metres from Capo San Fermo, facing the municipality of San Felice del Benaco. It is the largest island of Lake Garda, approximately 1 kilometre long and 600 metres wide. It now belongs to the Cavazza family, heirs to Roman nobility.

Relics show that the area was already inhabited in the Roman era, but the real consecration of the island came when Saint Francis of Assisi deemed it the ideal location to set up a community of monks and when Dante Alighieri dedicated some of the verses from his Divine Comedy to this area.
A beautiful monastery was built in 1429, which sadly was destroyed by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1778. Following this, the property underwent a succession of different owners, each of whom built something on the island, above all the Duke Gaetano de Ferrari of Genoa who with his wife designed the great park, introducing a new species of flower, and creating the designs for the luxurious palace to be placed at the centre of the island. Work by the architect Luigi Rovelli followed, resulting in a majestic and enchanting palace with terraces, an Italian garden and blooming hedges and borders.

Since 2002 the Island of Garda has opened its gates to guided visits, and from March to October visitors can experience wonderful moments on this fantastic island, dominated by nature and enriched by buildings of the 1900s in neo-Gothic Venetian style.