The Castle of Drena (La Rocca di Drena)


Visit Drena’s castle, a restored fourteenth-century castle, 15 km north to Lake Garda and go back to the Middle Ages.

Not very far from Lake Garda, at about 15 km north from Riva del Garda, the little village of Drena looks down on the Sarcla valley. This region has been inhabited since prehistoric ages, and has been influenced by the Roman and the Medieval period. In the Middle Ages, the rock, which dominated the road between Lake Garda and the Cavendine Valley.

It was destroyed by the French troops in 1703. After careful restoration by the Trento Provincial Government, the complex was open to visitors (entry costs 2€). A bif wall encloses the remains of a the count’s palace, a small chapel, and a few buildings. Ask for the key of the tower, climb the narrow staircase, and then admire the view over the valley from the top of the 25 metres high fourteenth-century tower. The rocks below are called “Marroche” and they are a huge post-glacial landslips.

If you are very romantic and plan to get married, you can rent the castle for a wedding !

written by azurblue on 2009-06-12 #places #history #tower #castle #view #location #stone #middle-ages #ages #italy #drena #14th-century #marroche #garda #trentino


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  1. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Superbe location!! :)

  2. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    Man, these pictures take me back to my childhood! I visited this place when I was a child on holiday with my parents! Thanks for bringing the memory back.....

  3. azurblue
    azurblue ·

    Thank you, vicuna and eyecon. :-)

    Must be wonderful to visit a castle of this kind when you are a kid, eyecon ! It looks like a big toy.

  4. lomodirk
    lomodirk ·

    Oh, that looks/sounds really interesting, nice :)

  5. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-
    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o- ·

    I'm really thinking to save money for the next twenty years to get married there ;)...great place!

  6. stouf
    stouf ·

    De toute beauté !

  7. azurblue
    azurblue ·

    Thank you, my loyal lomodirk, a-l-b-e-r-t-o-, and stouf !

    Lol, a-l-b-e-r-t-o- !

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