Padenghe sul Garda Castle
The Padenghe Castle, the oldest castle in the Valtenesi, stands on top of a hill in the Brescia area, controlling the waters of Lake Garda.
Its construction dates back to around the year 1000, and was built for defensive purposes. Over time, the castle has also become an important legal center, also undergoing various modifications.
From the beginning, the walls that enclosed the small inhabited center were erected, while two small towers were located to the north-west and two more massive ones on the sides.
Over time, thus reaching the 1400s, the so-called "Castellino", with a circular tower, was added to the complex.
The point where the drawbridge for the entrance was located, which rested on a bastion, is still visible today. Subsequently, the central entrance tower to the Castle was erected, again consisting of a drawbridge and relative moat.
Federico I Barbarossa attributes the structure as property of the Bishop of Verona, but in the following century, it became a possession of the Municipality of Padenghe, as it still is today.