Ponti sul Mincio may be the smallest town in the Morainic Hills, but its geographical location makes it one of the most appealing for its outstanding natural beauty

Ponti sul Mincio

"Ponti sul Mincio may be the smallest town in the Morainic Hills, but its geographical location makes it one of the most appealing for its outstanding natural beauty. It is in fact the closest of the Mantua highland villages to Lake Garda, at a distance of just 4km. Most of the town and surrounding area fall within the Mincio natural park, which starts within the town limits of Ponti. Ponti sul Mincio's mediaeval origins are reflected in the remains of the ancient Castle, built in the 12th century by the Scaligeri who dominated the upper part of the town. In the town's more historic quarters, the building most worthy of note is the 16th century Renaissance parish church. Inside it houses an exquisite 18th century statue of Mary and baby Jesus and traces of a 15th century fresco.
On the cultural front, the town's rich food and wine tradition generates much interest. Ponti is in fact the biggest producer of DOC wines in the area. The local Colli Morenici winery, which is responsible for 50% of the local wine production, is the only public winemaker in the Morainic hills.
In terms of the natural environment, Ponti is one of the largest areas in Italy with such a humid climate, and as such, has a rich plant life typical of marshy areas, and also a rich animal life. The countryside around Ponti is criss-crossed by cycle trails which wind their way through the many mediaeval villages and rural courts they encounter along the way, leading finally to the Mincio river and a visit to the dam controlling the flow of water out of Lake Garda."

Patron Saint: Saint Anthony the Abbot
Weekly market: Tuesday (8:00 – 13:00) in the square (Piazza Parolini)