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The Tower of San Martino della Battaglia

The Tower of San Martino della Battaglia

The Tower of San Martino della Battaglia

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The Tower of San Martino della Battaglia

The small town of San Martino della Battaglia (BS) is located a few kilometers from Desenzano del Garda and is one of the most visited places on Lake Garda in the province of Brescia.
Regardless of where you arrive, it is impossible not to notice the Tower towering among the hills of Garda.
The Tower of San Martino, today, is one of the most important symbols of the Italian Risorgimento.

In front of the imposing monument, there is a large car park that allows you to park your vehicle and then visit the Tower, and if it is already occupied, you can stop in the first car parks that meet along the road that leads to the Tower.
Once the car is parked, you can choose whether to immediately visit the Tower or the Ossuary. The visit to the Ossuary of San Martino della Battaglia is free, while to visit the tower and climb to the top, you pay an entrance ticket which also includes the entrance to the adjacent museum.
The Tower of San Martino della Battaglia stands 64 meters high and from its top you can see a magnificent 360 ° panorama. The path taken to climb is gentle and can be followed by walking.
There are no steps and for this reason it is recommended to everyone, even the youngest, who can learn something about the history of the Italian Risorgimento through the many frescoes that decorate the internal walls of the Tower, narrating its history and fundamental stages.

What to see at the Tower of San Martino della Battaglia

Once you pass the ticket office, you enter the garden at the entrance to the Tower.
The first thing you notice is undoubtedly its sumptuousness, in fact, the base of 22 meters in diameter and 19.80 meters high, is in the shape of a cylindrical drum decorated with battlements.
The male of the Tower rises from the drum. Around the external walls there are medallions that support the battlements of the tower which then widens towards the terrace on the top of this.

As soon as you enter the Tower of San Martino, the first room houses a statue of Vittorio Emanuele and the notes of Va 'Pensiero, the famous work of Giuseppe Verde, resound in the air, creating a really exciting and suggestive atmosphere.
During the ascent, there are external rooms that present relics and finds from the wars.

Once you get to the top of the Tower, you will see a truly unique panorama. At the center of the terrace, protected by crenellated walls, the pole with the Italian flag rises towards the sky and the view from above is truly spectacular. Thus you can see the views of the surrounding plain, Lake Garda and the morainic hills of Garda.
If you want, you can use, upon request, an audio guide that accompanies the climb to the top of the Tower.

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