Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy. It is a popular holiday location located in northern Italy, about halfway between Brescia & Verona, and between Venice and Milan on the edge of the Dolomites.
It was glaciers that formed this alpine region at the end of the last Ice Age.The name Garda, which the lake has been seen referred to in documents dating to the eighth century, comes from the town of the same name. It is the evolution from the Germanic word warda, meaning “place of guard” or “place of observation.
Lombardy, Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige.
Coordinates: 45°38′N 10°40′
Altitude: 65 m s.l.m.
Main Immissaries: Sarca
Major Emissaries: Mincio
Surface: 368 km² – Length: 52 km – Width: 16 km
Maximum Depth: 346 m – Average depth: 133 m
Volume: 49 km³ – Coastal development 158 km
The particularly mild climate favors the growth of some Mediterranean plants, including the Olive trees. Citrus (lemon) trees can also be found, which are extremely rare at this latitude (46° North). This greatly favored the development of tourism since the end of the second world war. In ancient times, poets like Catullus wrote about “Lacus Benacus” with its mild climate vivified by the winds.
A story tells that a monster lives in Lake Garda and, actually, it’s just like that.
Maybe you might meet him taking a stroll along the lakeside promenade or sunbathing on the beach; otherwise, you might see his long lobated tail sticking out of the water during one of his numerous swims during the day. However don’t take it for granted that you will meet up with him, because the lovable monster is somewhat reserved.
Now and then, Bennie has tried to chat with some of the people who live around the lake…but whoever that bumped into him has treated him as if he was a terrifying monster: so the lovable monster has decided to stay hidden in the depths of the lake, and only occasionally, if he wants to have a laugh, he enjoys himself by coming out of the water to see peoples reaction.
Everybody remains astonished of his body, which is five metres long and seems to almost belong to an enormous snake, if it wasn’t for his huge round stomach. Bennie moves very quickly between the waves and those who have the luck to observe him, will be amazed at the sight. He has two long barbs that come out of the sides of his mouth. A crest that runs along his head and back. Four large fins that helps him to move quickly in the water, might say “slide”, because his skin doesn’t have scales to make resistance in the water.
Bennie arrived at the lake a long time ago.
The lovable monster can’t really say when. Because monsters have a different perception of time than us.
Bennie, remembers his family very well and above all, if somebody is willing to listen to him, he can explain perfectly why his appearance is so unusual.
Monday – Peschiera
Monday – Sirmione (Colombare)
Monday – Torri del Benaco
Monday – Moniga
Monday – Pozzolengo
Monday – S. Zeno di Montagna
Tuesday – Torbole sul Garda Parco Pavese/ April – Sep 2nd and 4 week. Tuesday – Farmers market – Arco – Viale delle Palme – May/Dec. Tuesday – Limone (March 27th > December 31st)
Tuesday – Castelletto
Tuesday – Tignale
Tuesday – Desenzano
Tuesday – Cavaion
Tuesday – Rovereto
Wednesday – Riva del Garda -08-14.00 ( 2nd & 4th each month) Wednesday – Arco 08-13 (1st & 3rd each month)
Wednesday – Pietramurata Piazza del Mercato 08,30 – 13,30 Wednesday – Gargnano (every 15 days)
Wednesday – Lazise
Thuesday – Dro Piazza Repubblica 08,30 -13,00 Thursday – Bardolino
Thursday – Lonato
Thursday – Ledro (Pieve) (June > September) 8.00 – 16.00
Thursday – Toscolano
Thursday – Mori
Thursday – Trento
Friday – Garda
Friday – Sirmione (Lugana)
Friday – Manerba del Garda
Friday – Soiano
Friday – Puegnago
Friday – Merano
Saturday – Malcesine
Saturday – Salò ( Visit Bennie Stand 37 )
Saturday – Valeggio sul Mincio
Saturday – Brescia
Saturday – Verona (stadio comunale)
Saturday – Bolzano
Sunday – Rivoltella ( Desenzano)
Located on the slopes of Monte Baldo, in a dominant position compared to the town of Torbole, just 1200 meters. from Lake Garda, the Busatte Park offers everything for those looking for a place away from traffic but easily accessible, spacious and surrounded by nature, with services dedicated to dynamic spirits.
To offer the right level of comfort, the Busatte Park has a recently renovated Bar Restaurant where you can calm your thirst and taste delicious dishes. For those who wish it is also possible to relax in the well-shaded picnic areas.
The natural context of rare landscape and environmental value, the centuries-old olive trees that surround the area, the panoramic paths that wind through it, the wide lawns always well cared for giving a touch of beauty that makes “the Busatte” a unique place throughout the territory of Lake Garda. Website Busatte
Parco Natura Viva was opened in 1969. It covers about 40 hectares of land and is a natural zoological garden which is home to some 1.500 specimens belonging to over 250 wild species. Each year the Park is visited by around 40.000 school students, from kindergarten to high school, as well as almost half a million individual visitors.
His name is Bennie but, unlike all other creatures that are usually defined as “monsters”, nobody should be frightened because this Benacosaurus Lacustris is really very…. lovable.