Borghetto sul Mincio, one of Italy’s most picturesque villages from “Traveling Dave”

Borghetto sul Mincio is a hamlet in the region of Veneto in Northern Italy. It has been awarded with the title of one of the most picturesque villages in Italy and it is easy to see why: situated, as the name implies, on the river Mincio which flows from Lake Garda into the river Po, the village consists of a few houses and old mills that seems almost to  have been constructed as a movie set.

View of the village of Borghetto sul Mincio

Borghetto houses by the river Mincio

The best views of the village are from the nearby Ponte Visconteo (Visconti Bridge), a bridge that originally connected the Scaligero Castle, still visible on the top of the hill above the area.

View from Borghetto sul Mincio of the Visconti Bridge

The ruins of the Visconti Bridge near Borghetto sul Mincio

View of the castle from the Visconti Bridge in Italy

The name Borghetto translates as “fortified settlement”, its center, the “antico borgo” is always busy with tourists mingling around, browsing the local shops or having a meal or drink and enjoying the scenery.

Houses and Visconti Bridge in Borghetto sul Mincio

Tables of a cafe in Borghetto sul Mincio

Looking up at Borghetto sul Mincio tower

One of Borghetto sul Mincio shops

Inside one of Borghetto sul Mincio shops

Due to the high volume of visitors, mainly Italians on a day out, the restaurants in Borghetto have been doing a brisk business serving the local specialty, tortellini of Valeggio, the famous filled Italian fresh pasta for which this area is well known for.

Restaurant sign in Borghetto sul Mincio

And thanks to its fairy tale like location, Borghetto is often chosen by many newlyweds as the place where they have their pictures taken, before joining their guests at the wedding reception in one of the riverside restaurants.

Bridge over the river Mincio in Borghetto

Restaurants with a view in Borghetto sul Mincio

The main attraction in the village are the old mills that can be seen in between the little houses on the river and the church of St.Mark’s the Evangelist.

Borghetto sul Mincio mill wheel

Wheel of one of Borghetto sul Mincio mills

Riverside houses in Borghetto sul Mincio

The village church of Borghetto sul Mincio

And even this corner of Italy has not been spared by the custom to secure “love padlocks” on railings and throw the keys in the river.

Borghetto sul Mincio love padlocks

To capitalize on the business opportunities offered by tourists visiting the area, locals have been opening their houses creating cosy Bed and Breakfast offering hospitality and good food in an idyllic location.

One of Borghetto sul Mincio houses

Bed and Breakfast room door at Borghetto sul Mincio

Brown door and bridge at Borghetto sul Mincio

A trip to Borghetto sul Mincio can be combined with a visit to Parco Sigurta’, one of the most beautiful landscaped gardens in Italy, and further afield to the cities of Mantua and Verona.

View of the river Mincio in Italy