The church of San Pietro
The church of San Pietro of Gardola rises to ca. 200 m from the town that in the most detected corresponds to a natural hillock of elliptical shape, it still preserves the toponymal of the "castle", even if after several studies and due care, we can speak of an origin much more ancient, pre-Roman or late Roman.
The first excavations of the Seventies and in 1985-86 only an altar could suggest, if it had been studied, a step more ancient than at present.
During the First World War, it was demolished the front side to use it as a shelter for the trucks and Fifties the building was transformed into a theater and the altar was transferred in the oratory of Olzano where it still is.
Later during the excavation of a trench to accommodate the prompter's box, was intercepted a well in masonry, where inside was found a reliquary in calcareous stone.
According to a widespread typology from the IV century, the reliquary has the shape of a sarcophagus and is decorated with crosses within a simple frame with a curved section.
In the years 1985-86, the trench was enlarged by highlighting a large semicircular apse with inside other structures, which at the time were not interpreted.
In 2002, with the excavation open yet from those years, it has been possible to detect and analyze the archaeological deposit, recognizing a sequence, confirmed in intensive excavation of 2003.
It comprises, as regards the place of worship, at least eight construction phases: 1 - a first church with only one nave, 2- the insertion of the choir of a rectangular fence with the well for relics. 3- the reconstruction of the choir in the Romanesque period, 4- the realization, in late medieval epoch, conceivably in the XVI century by the numerous comparisons in churches Lake Garda, of an arc cross in the middle of the nave, of which remain the two pillars of the Foundation. 5- Further renewal of the apsidal area in the course of the XVI century, 6- the opening of a chapel in the southern side around the half of the XVII century, 7- reconstruction of the facade immediately after the First World War. 8- The transformation into Theater.