Castello of Arco

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Discovering Arco's Castle
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.
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