Historical Re-Enactments and Traditional Celebrations

Historical Re-Enactments and Traditional Celebrations on Garda Veneto

Re-enactment of Otto II (Lazise)
Lazise’s residents are very proud of this event because it remembers the time, in 983, when administrative autonomy was granted by Emperor Otto II, making Lazise “the first township in Italy”. It is usually held in May, and for a whole day the town becomes a medieval hamlet involving hundreds of actors: the highlight of the event is when Otto consigns “privileges” to the Mayor and the township administrators.

Medieval Festival (Affi)
Around mid August Affi holds the so-called Medieval Festival. It usually lasts from Friday to Sunday. The event features a medieval market where 13th century crafts are re-enacted, parades, theme shows, flag throwers and gastronomic stands with dishes based on ancient recipes.

Palio of the Districts (Garda)
For over 50 years, on 15 August, Garda sees the 9 districts of the town of Garda compete over 400 metres of the lake. They have to cover this stretch of water 3 times, with two halfway marks that have to be make rowing “venetian style”, meaning standing up, on the typical flat gondolas. Spectacular fireworks light up the lake to mark the end of the event.

Festival of the Patron Saints Benigno and Caro (Malcesine)
This is a folkloristic rustic festival and its origins are very ancient. It is dedicated to the Malcesine patron saints, hermits Benigno and Caro, who lived between the 8th and 9th century in the caves of Mount Baldo at an altitude of 800 metres. It is held every year on 26 July, saint Anne’s day, and celebrates the death of the two saints. On that evening, there is a procession from the Santo Stefano parish church (where Benigno and Caro are buried) to Chiesa della Disciplina, then you’re all invited on the lakefront for spectacular fireworks!