Pieve di San Zeno

Church in Bardolino

Flee the gelato and Aperol brigade for a pilgrimage to this ancient miniature church, concealed in a picturesquely shabby courtyard north of the main road. Dating from the 9th century, it's one of the finest pieces of Carolingian architecture to have survived in northern Italy, and its almost windowless form and moody interior give visitors a good impression of how early Christian worship must have felt. The original painted decoration is still visible in places.