Lighthouses of Italy: Lago di Garda

The Lago di Garda is Italy's largest lake, some 51 km (32 mi) long, stretching north to south at the southern edge of the Italian Alps. Portions of the lake lie in the regions of Lombardia, Trentino-Alto Adige, and Veneto. Ferries visit nearly all the towns along the lake, and pleasure boat traffic is heavy in the warmer months.

General Sources
World of Lighthouses - Italy
Photos by various photographers available from
Wikimedia: Lighthouses in Italy
Photos by various photographers available in Wikimedia Commons.
Italienische Leuchttürme auf Historischen Postkarten
Historic postcard images posted by Klaus Huelse.

* Desenzano del Garda
1895. Active; white light, characteristic unknown. Approx. 12 m (39 ft) octagonal rubblestone tower with lantern and gallery. The lighthouse is unpainted stone with white trim. Massimo Telò's photo is at right, Enrico Pellegrino has a 2011 photo, Ewan McIntosh has a photo, a closeup is available, Huelse has a historic postcard view, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located midway on the breakwater mole at Desenzano del Garda, a town at the southwestern corner of the lake in Lombardia. Accessible by walking the mole. Site open, tower closed. Owner/site manager: Città di Desanzano del Garda.

Desanzano del Garda Light, January 2011
Wikimedia Creative Commons photo by Massimo Telò
* Riva del Garda
Date unknown (recent). Active (?); white light, characteristic unknown. Approx. 23 m (75 ft) concrete tower, with a lantern and gallery mounted on a platform supported by four concrete columns. The lighthouse is a light beige color. Martin Steinthaler has a closeup photo, a nighttime photo shows that a light is displayed, Matis Rota has a 2017 street view, and Google has a satellite view. Riva del Garda also has a 6 m (20 ft) stone post light on the city waterfront; this light replaced a somewhat more substantial tower seen in Huelse's historic postcard view. The new lighthouse is located at a yacht club. Located in Riva del Garda, at the northern end of the lake in Trentino-Alto Adige. Site status unknown. Owner/site manager: Fraglia Vela Riva.
* Torre San Marco (Gardone Riviera) (?)
Early 1900s. Active (?). Approx. 25 m (82 ft) square stone tower topped by a round white lantern. Wikimedia has a photo, another photo is available, and Bing has a satellite view. This ornate tower was built by a wealthy German industrialist, Richard Langensiepen. Although the lantern certainly looks like it was added as a navigational aid, no information has been found on the history of the tower as a lighthouse. In recent years it has been renovated as an event space for meetings, weddings, and special events. Located on the lakefront in Gardone Riviera, a resort town on the southwest side of the lake. Site open, tower open to customers of the tower. Owner/site manager: Torre San Marco.

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Posted August 21, 2006. Checked and revised November 14, 2018. Lighthouses: 3. Site copyright 2018 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.