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Lonato, situated in a panoramic position on the morainic heights, is located in the hinterland not far from Lake Garda and from Desenzano. Although fairly small in size, it possesses a rich variety of perfectly preserved monuments. One of these is the Rocca fortress which has recently been restructured. It also possesses one of the largest private libraries thanks to the "Ugo Da Como" foundation which contributes to its maintenance. Lonato also offers numerous possibilities of hillside and countryside walks, horse-rides or bicycle rides or even of rejuvenating swims in Lake Garda and sunbathing on the beaches of its lido. It is a town with an ancient history, clustered around the fortress, the Municipal tower and the Soratino cupola. Lonato is well known for its agricultural, industrial and tourist activities. In 1873, about 2 km away from the built-up area, the remains of lake-dwellings were discovered which are related to the Polada culture.
To visit - Castello di Dragulo, an ancient burgh, perhaps of Lombard origins, dating from the 10th century. The ancient Benedictine Abbey of Maguzzano from the 5th century. The Parish Church dedicated to San Zeno, dating from the Roman era. The Church of the Madonna di San Martino. The Rocca di Lonato fortress which overlooks the southern part of Lake Garda. The Casa del Podestà, an important example of a house museum on Lake Garda. The del Corlo Church dating from the 14th century. The Baroque style Cathedral, shaped in the form of a Latin cross. The Church of St. Antonio Abate dating back to the 15th century. The Municipal Tower which represents the most characteristic historical monument of Lonato. The Church of St. Cipriano, dating back to ancient times, officially recorded for the first time in the Pope Lucio III Bull of 1184, as being property of the parish church of San Zeno di Lonato. The Roman Furnace, located to the south of Lonato, along the road to Castiglione delle Stiviere.
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