Included in the list “ I Borghi più belli d’Italia” ( “The most beautiful villages in Italy”), Borghetto is a little charming hamlet of Valeggio sul Mincio.
Borghetto lies at the foot of Ponte Visconteo, an amazing fortified dam, built in 1393 and finished in 1395 by the will of Gian Galeazzo Visconti, duke of Milan, to protect the eastern boundary of the duchy.
The little village has a surreal atmosphere… You can wander trough the streets, admiring the few pastel-colored houses, which sometimes seem to float on Mincio, and the picturesque watermills, some of which still working. Borghetto is surrounded by a very suggestive landscape: the river creates little waterfalls or it lingers silent between the canes, where many species of birds make a nest.
In the village you can find the Curch of san Marco Evangelista(1759), neoclassical rebuilding of the ancient Romanesque parish church dedicated to Santa Maria (11th century). Next to it there’s the belfry, which contains an antique bell dating back to 1381.
In Borghetto you can relax walking along the river Mincio or you can have a rest in one of the picturesque bars or restaurants, where you can taste the famous tortellini of Valeggio, listening to the music made by the flowing water .
You can also enjoy the landscape riding a bike: the charming village is crossed by a beautiful cycle path, which connects Mantova and Peschiera del Garda running along the river.
Borghetto is easy to reach by car from Hotel Mayer & Splendid and from Desenzano del Garda.