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The Village of Borghetto, Italy
Borghetto near Lake Garda, Italy
The small, picturesque hamlet of Borghetto (Borghetto sur Minico) is a beautiful medieval village in the Valle de Mincio in Lombardy, northern Italy and is dominated by a large Scaligero castle (Castello Scaligero ) and the Visconti Bridge (Ponte Visconteo) - a 65 metre long bridge and fortified dam over the river Mincio. The bridge connected the lands of the Lords of Verona and Mantua.
The bridge over the Mincio river, which was built in 1393 by Gian Galeazzo Visconti, Duke of Milan, was intended as an advanced defence of the castle. Of the original structure, only both the entrances at each end survive. Borghetto is a hamlet of Valeggio sul Mincio, voted one of Italy's 50 most beautiful locations, and owes its wealth to the old activity of a number of mills, three of which have now been restored. Borghetto was also the site of the first toll crossing of the river Mincio south of Lake Garda. Borghetto and Valeggio sul Mincio are 16km from Lake Garda are both easily reached in a short while from the southern shores of the Lake.