The re-enactment of Re Ottone

The re-enactment of Re Ottone

“Lazise celebrates its ancient autonomy!
It was the year 983 when Otto II, the illustrious emperor of the Franks, granted an unprecedented gift to 18 notables of Lazise: the so-called “privilege”. This was not an ordinary gesture, but an extraordinary act that gave the town its administrative autonomy. Even today, a monumental plaque in red Verona marble bears witness to the greatness of that historic moment, when Lazise became the oldest jewel in the nascent crown of Italian municipalities. The re-enactment of this epic is renewed every year and is a source of pride for Lazise. Before 983, the emperors had granted their privileges only to monasteries and episcopal princes. Now, for the first time, a community had received such prestigious recognition. But the Privilegium Ottonis II is much more than a simple commemoration: Lazise transforms this day into a celebration full of folklore and tradition, marking the beginning of the tourist season on the shores of Lake Garda. The streets are transformed into a living stage, with medieval encampments, knights, archers and armigers populating the entire historical center. Elegant ladies, musicians and courtiers mingle with the crowd, waiting to greet the imperial procession led by Emperor Otto II. Until late in the evening, it seems as if a bygone era is being relived, with ancient crafts and scenes from bygone eras coming to life. Residents and visitors unite in a celebration where past and present dance together. Privilegium Ottonis II is a celebration of history, a hymn to the identity of Lazise. It is an opportunity to surf on the waves of past centuries, to rediscover the beating heart of this thousand-year-old town. And it is from this annual recurrence that our facility takes its name, which is really just a stone’s throw away from where the festivities take place!”