Torre di San Martino

Torre di San Martino, San Martino della Battaglia: Hours, Address, Torre di San Martino Reviews: 4.5/5

Torre di San Martino
4.5
Observation Decks & Towers • Monuments & Statues • History Museums
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
About
Qui il 24 giugno 1859 si scontrò l’esercito Piemontese, guidato dal re Vittorio Emanuele II, contro l’ala destra dell’esercito Austriaco, guidata dal generale Von Benedek. Nel Museo, composto da tre ampie sale, sono esposti cimeli, armi e divise relative alla battaglia e al Risorgimento in generale. Dalla terrazza della Torre, che si raggiunge mediante una rampa di oltre 400 mt., è visibile la sponda sud del Lago di Garda. Nelle immediate vicinanze è possibile ammirare le cascine coinvolte nella battaglia, mentre sullo sfondo si staglia il profilo delle Prealpi e del Monte Baldo. All’interno della Torre sono presenti affreschi che rievocano le tappe fondamentali del Risorgimento. All’interno della Cappella Ossario sono custoditi i resti di migliaia di combattenti dell’Armata Sarda e dell’Esercito Austriaco.
Suggested duration
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ajuliaw65
London, UK63 contributions
Sep 2018 • Family
My daughter had studied the Risorgimento for A level and really wanted to visit Solferino but it seemed impossible to get there without a car so when we found out you could get to San Martino by public transport, we decided to go there instead.

We followed the instructions given by other Tripadvisors to get there from the end of the Number 1 bus. Just one clarification. When at the San Martino bus stop, you need to stand with your back to the bus stop, walk to the right and then turn left to get to the main road. It was a horrid walk across first the railway bridge and then the motorway bridge on a busy road without pavements, particularly on the way back when it was pouring with rain so not recommended for younger kids.

Just before you get to the tower, there is a path on the right down to the charnel house which is worth a visit. The altar is surrounded by skulls of those who died, and the rest of their bones are stacked up in the crypt. The tower itself offers amazing views over the lake and back towards Solferino and it is incredible to think about how what is now fertile ground covered in vines was once the site of such a bloody battle. On the way up there are some interesting objects from WW1 (see lots of different ways of using helmets to make other things such as shovels and cooking pots) and then there is a museum behind the tower. Top tip, the toilets round the back of the museum were the cleanest I have seen in Italy.
Written September 7, 2018
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Russell N
Jersey, UK466 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
Decent view from the top, plus interesting museum on WW1 halfway up the tower but it's quite a long climb (ramp, not stairs) and fairly stuffy inside.
Written August 18, 2018
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linskitours
Harpenden, UK460 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
We were staying at the Relais Mondotella (5* review) nearby and eating dinner on their lovely terrace saw what looked like a lighthouse at the bottom of Lake Garda. The charming waiter told us to look very carefully and behold the lights were red, white and green in equal sequence - the colours of the Italian flag. It was San Martino by night.

We then read up about Solfereno and the Piedmontese soldiers who had died fighting the Austrians.

By daylight the site is perhaps slightly less impressive but there is good parking and the history and signage are well set out. We British often forget how the 19th century was full of conflict in Europe but that after Trafalgar and Waterloo we adventured and fought far afield whilst many European borders were fought over and changed.
Written July 30, 2018
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RollOnNextHoliday
Surrey31 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
We borrowed our hotel's bikes and followed the manager's suggestion to visit the tower and museum . This was one of our bargains of our holiday with the entry price only 5 or 6 euros .
The top of the tower is reached by a ramp rather than steps and on each level there were military exhibits.
The view from the top is amazing ,being able to see for miles.
There is also a museum at the back but sadly we were short of time and had only a brief look around.
Afterwards we visited the restaurant opposite for a glass of the local (very good) wine.
If you have any interest in military history or want a visit to a beautiful area of countryside you should visit this attraction.
Written May 16, 2018
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AmblingRambler61
South Wales34 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
Here's how to get there by public transport. Take the No.1 local bus from either the railway station or Via Marconi in Desenzano. The service terminates in San Martino village and the journey takes about 20 minutes. From where the bus drops you off it's a walk of less than a mile, approximately 1.5kms. We're fairly fit but in our early 70's, it took us under 30 mins, less returning.
You can see the tower in the distance, walk up 50m to the main road and turn right. The next 300m or so is frankly not very pleasant walking right next to a busy road, but once you've crossed over the motorway bridge turn down sharply to your right onto a very quiet minor road. From then on it's a lovely walk flanked by vineyards, gently uphill towards the end. There's a very nice cafe/bar on the site. Well worth the effort!
Written September 17, 2017
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Stefan L
Amsterdam, The Netherlands213 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
The Torre commemorates the Battle of San Martino and Solferino (1859), which led, among other things, to the founding of the Red Cross by Henri Dunant. It offers a rich choice of military history, visible while climbing the tower, and one is rewarded with a stunning 360-degree view of the area upon reaching the top.
Don't forget to visit the Ossuarium at the bottom of the road; the final resting place of the fallen, where "enemies rest as brothers".
Written July 18, 2017
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cliffordbest01
Sampford Spiney, UK78 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
Would love to visit this Tower, unfortunately it appears it is only accessible by car or by taxi which could be prohibitive x
Written July 11, 2017
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marco
Belfast, UK94 contributions
Apr 2017 • Friends
This tower has been beautifully restored a few years ago, and is adorned inside with floor-to-ceiling affreschi depicting events of Italian history from the 19th century. It has exhibitions about Italy during the Risorgimento, and plaques explaining events and lives of famous people, army officials and soldiers during that time. A series of easy ramps and some stairs lead to the top of the tower, from where you can enjoy spectacular views of the beautiful countryside dotted with gentle hills, and see in the distance Sirmione and Lake Garda. I can highly recommend a visit to this tower, it may not be a famous monument yet but it's definitely worth the time.
Written May 1, 2017
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livetotravel777
Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine397 contributions
Jan 2017 • Couples
The place is full of history with a video projection of a story of a battle. You can visit a tower and a museum with all the found things after the battle. The tower's walls are full of pictures if battles and from the top you can enjoy the amazing view of Lake Garda.
Written January 15, 2017
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Daniel D
Dublin, Ireland57 contributions
Apr 2016 • Business
Place with a lot of history as background, nice the climb up to the tower and at the end a great views of all Garda !!! If the weather is good is fantastic and worth to go up at the top.
Written November 6, 2016
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  • Tue - Sun 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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