MARKET DAY: Saturday afternoon
PORT: Porto - Via del Porto, 9
PHARMACY: Farmacia Beretta - Via Giuseppe Verdi, 5
HOSPITAL: Ospedale di Desenzano del Garda - Str. Vicinale di Montecroce
The origin of the name is controversial. For some, Padenghe derives from Badinco or Badengo, a voice of Ligurian origin; for others, it derives from the Latin Patibulum or Patet in angulo, a place where condemned prisoners were confined; for still others, from the Latin Patingulae or Patingularum.
Padenghe has ancient origins: some recent archaeological finds attest to its origin in the Neolithic age. In Roman times, Padenghe was certainly a resting place for the patrician families who gravitated to the Milanese imperial court and who - especially in the 3rd and 4th centuries - built sumptuous villas and temples here.
Also in Roman times, Padenghe was a commercial port, competing in importance with those of Peschiera and Riva. At the time of the barbarian invasions, the settlement - which stood on the lake shore - moved to the hill where it stands today, about 120 metres above sea level: the castle was erected for defence purposes. During the rule of the Serenissima, the port was enlarged and equipped with a salt customs house.
Padenghe was the birthplace of the painter Giovanni Andrea Bertanza (1570-1630), who was very active in the villages of the Riviera, especially in Salò. In other respects, the history of Padenghe does not present major events. In essence, the town followed the political fate of the other towns on the western shore of Lake Garda.