The name Lazise comes from the Latin word "laceses", which means city on the lake. Observing the six towers of the „Castello Scaligero" and its walls, you can easily recognize the medieval origin of the city. Lazise has a wonderful old town center, with narrow alleys and picturesque squares, a harbor set right in the city center and the 14th century Veronese customs office. Lazise is justifiably proud of its past, since it was one of the first towns in Italy to be granted independence by Emperor Otto II more than a thousand years ago in 983. Testifying to its splendid medieval past there are magnificent castle and fortified walls encircling the old town center crammed with shops, restaurants and bars.