Artists and aristocrats alike flocked to Arco more than a century ago, seeking fresh mountain air and spa treatments. I arrived in the thick of winter not for a health retreat, but to catch a glimpse of the town's striking castle.
Hoisted above the sleepy northern Italian village, il Castello di Arco can be reached by following a trail winding up a steep hillside. Gaining altitude, I found myself gazing out toward snowcapped peaks and the nearby shores of Lake Garda, a 360-degree panorama of Trentino splendor.
At the summit lies the 12th century castle, begging exploration. Visitors can climb into a former dungeon, admire 600-year old frescoes, and eventually reach the castle's pinnacle, its solitary tower.