The Morainic Hills of Mantua
26 April 2016
The expanse of land that stretches from the southern banks of Lake Garda across the Mantua plains, reaching east to the river Mincio and west to the river Chiese offers visitors a vision of surprising natural beauty and striking landscapes.
Easy rolling hills and craggy expanses unwind in a rise and fall of valleys and elevations amid dry plains, gentle dips in the landscape and the glint of spring waters shimmering through the hornbeam and oak thickets, juniper shrubs, leafy vineyards, fruit groves and wheat fields. These are the Morainic Hills by Lake Garda, an out-of-the-ordinary area filled with unique features and framing within its boundaries the towns of Castiglione delle Stiviere, Cavriana, Monzambano, Ponti sul Mincio, Solferino and Volta Mantovana; each basks in the glory of a castle, or castle ruins, standing proudly on the highest peak of the highest hills around which the towns slowly spread out over the years to comprise ordinary homes, noble villas and elegant Renaissance stately halls.
These magnificent towns and villages are framed by another cluster of villages, the most notable of which are Marmirolo, Medole, Goito, Guidizzolo and Pozzolengo, each of outstanding beauty and historical appeal, with a long tradition of fine food and wine. The area is one of such outstanding natural beauty and scenic views that it is considered of prominent public interest, with some awarded “environmental- heritage” status. Adding to the natural riches of the hills is the protected Mincio River Regional Park which spans the Lombardy region from Lake Garda to the Po’ river.