Underwater landscape of Belvedere pile dwelling, Peschiera del Garda © MIC

  Peschiera del Garda (VR)  |     Belvedere

Short Description
The submerged pile-dwelling village known as ‘del Belvedere’ stands in the lake about 250 metres from the shore. The site covers more than 22,000 square metres and lies just off the southern shore of Lake Garda. The sampling of the extensive piling involved about 1,200 vertical posts protruding from the lakebed. The material collected and the data produced by the survey have so far enabled the identification of at least two different phases of occupation and development of the site: the first dates from the 21st to the 20th century BC, i.e. the Early Bronze Age; the second to the end of the 17thcentury BC, or the transition between Early Bronze Age and Middle Bronze Age.

Bronze Age

Early and Middle Bronze Age

Garda Lake

64 m.a.s.l.

Size of the site 2,52 ha / approx. 4 soccer pitches

Size of the bufferzone 12,45 ha / approx. 17 soccer pitches

Special Features & Highlights
Among the archaeological finds, there are small mugs and bowls. Samples were also taken for archaeobotanical analysis, including a carbonised ear of emmer (Triticumdicoccum).

Stone spindle whorl from Belvedere pile dwelling site © MIC

Current Activities
Ongoing protection program and enhancement activities.

Pile Dwellings up close
It is possible to visit the lake.

A special hall will be dedicated in Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Verona,  currently closed for restoration,  to the archaeological material from the UNESCO sites in the province of Verona (Frassino and Belvedere, together with spectacular evidence from other associated pile-dwelling sites)
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