Mezzema is located at 570 meters above sea level, about one kilometer from Pieve di Tremosine sul Garda. The name of the village is of pre-Latin origin, and it derives from the word “halfway”, in respect to the position halfway between the hills and the coast.
Mezzema and its Latin origins
Roman construction materials were found near Mezzema. The ancient core of the village only has a few houses nowadays, but the residential area is expanding in recent years because of tourism - small holiday homes and hotels invite visitors to stop, and enjoy the peace and relaxation of Mezzema.
Romanesque epitaphs are still visible on the façades of the oldest houses, and part of the Roman epigraph was found on the wall of a house. Not far away, at the crossroads of via della Pace with via Fontanei, there is a small votive shrine dedicated to the Madonna of Lourdes, but its historical origins are not known.
The Mezzema Caves
Above the village of Mezzema there are some caves, dug by hand in 1916 during the First World War, to defend the territory behind the border.
During the Second World War, the caves were used as shelter by local families. Nowadays, the caves have been restored and cleaned up for visits: they are equipped with lighting, and reproductions of weapons and songs by alpine choirs can also be enjoyed. You can reach them in a few minutes from the center of Mezzema - the first cave is found near the shrine in the direction of Fontanei, adjacent to the road; if you continue walking through the park you can also reach the other two caves.