Borghetto sul Mincio: village of mills
A village on the waters of Mincio river
Did you know that Borgetto sul Mincio is known as the village of the mills? Borgetto sul Mincio is a pretty village that rises right next to the Mincio river which feeds numerous mills in the streets of the village.
This small hamlet of Valeggio sul Mincio, located a few km south of Lake Garda is a real jewel protected by the waters of the river Mincio and enriched by the presence of ancient mills, some of which are still in operation.
These characteristic mills with metal wheels dating back to the 15th century were used for processing cereals and today give Borghetto sul Mincio an added value, making the bond between village and river water indissoluble.
The state of conservation of the mills is optimal and in some cases it is even possible to visit them internally to understand the process that allows the wheel to transfer the strength of the river to the millstone.
Walking through the streets and bridges of the Mills Village you can admire the authenticity and faithful maintenance of the characteristics of a classic medieval village that have remained intact thanks to a far-sighted preservation work.
These characteristics, in addition to an unusual location on the river which is an integral part of the village, have allowed Borghetto sul Mincio to become part of the Club "most beautiful villages in Italy".
Although keeping the features of the medieval center almost unchanged, Borgetto sul Mincio has managed to gain a strong tourist vocation by offering visitors an excellent receptive offer by transforming the houses of the village into hotels, restaurants and shops.
Many visitors on holiday in the well-known locations of Lake Garda take advantage of the strategic position of Borghetto sul Mincio, to stay there using it as a base for visiting the largest lake in Italy.
Even in the past the Mills Village was considered an important crossroads for traders and armies as it was a must for travel to the Verona area where there were many interests.
The strategic importance of this medieval center is easily understood by the historical traces left in the village that prove the presence of different peoples such as Lombards, Etruscans, Romans and many others which followed in the control of Borghetto sul Mincio.
Among the various historical symbols of the village of mills, the most famous is undoubtedly the Visconteo Bridge or Pontelungo built in 1395 by the will of the Duke of Milan Gian Galeazzo Visconti.
The Visconteo bridge, which measures 650 meters in length and 25 in width, also acts as a dam to divert the course of the Mincio river and was built to defend the borders of the duchy using a suggestive central fortress as a surveillance garrison.
From the bridge you can see the remains of the Scaligero Castle, a fortress dating back to the 14th century located on the top of a hill overlooking the Mincio valley in nearby Valeggio.
Those who visit Borghetto often also stop in Valeggio sul Mincio to visit the castle and climb to the top of the Torre Tonda from where you can admire a beautiful panorama from high of Borghetto sul Mincio.
Another reason to visit Valeggio is the Sigurtà Garden Park, a splendid example of one of the most popular botanical gardens in Europe which, with its 50 hectares of peace and tranquility surrounded by the most varied species of flowers, gives visitors good sensations.
Borghetto sul Mincio I would call it pretty! A small medieval village characterized by mills, flowers and the constant sound of water. I found some similarities with Rasiglia even if here the tourist vocation is much more marked.
Must see places near Borghetto sul Mincio:
- Valeggio sul Mincio (2 Km/1,2 mi)
Valeggio sul Mincio is a small town where the Sigurtà Garden Park is located.
- Sirmione (27,2 Km/16,9 mi)
Sirmione is the most famous resort on Lake Garda.
- Verona (29 Km/18 mi)
Verona is the city of Romeo and Juliet as well as one of the most romantic in Italy.
Borghetto sul Mincio where to eat: