Isola di San Biagio (Manerba del Garda)

( San Biagio island )

San Biagio island (Italian: Isola di San Biagio German: Insel San Biagio), also known as Isola dei Conigli (Hare or rabbit island), is an island in the north Italian Lake Garda.

As far as is known, the island was never permanently inhabited. In the Middle Ages however, hermits are said to have lived on the island at times.[1] According to various sources, mainlanders abandoned their animals, especially rabbits, because they could not leave the island. For this reason, the island is said to have been the hunting ground of wealthy villa owners in the area from the 7th century.[2]

Silvan Cattaneo, a 16th-century orator, poet and philosopher,[3] called it "inhabited by hares and rabbits and therefore a popular hunting ground".[1]

Before the island developed into a popular tourist destination, it was used by nearby gun manufacturer Beretta to test guns and ammunition in the 1950s.[4]

In the Archaeological Museum of Rocca di Manerba del Garda, tombstones from Roman times found on Isola San Biagio can be seen.[2]

Since 2016, the Isola di San Biagio has been part of the nature and water protection area Riserva naturale della Rocca, del Sasso e Parco Lacuale.[5]

^ a b Cite error: The named reference :1 was invoked but never defined (see the help page). ^ a b "Isola San Biagio in Italien, Lombardei". Retrieved 26 February 2023. ^ "Silvan Cattaneo". Retrieved 26 February 2023. ^ "Isola San Biagio Gardasee" (in German). Retrieved 26 February 2023. ^ "Rocca del Sasso e Parco Lacuale" (in Italian). Retrieved 26 February 2023.
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