Toscolano Maderno and surroundings


Toscolano-Maderno is a municipality on the western shore of Lake Como that was amalgamated from the two towns in 1928. The towns are separated by the Toscolano river, with Maderno to the south and Toscolano to the north of the border. When visiting Maderno, you will find a beautiful old town centre that is well worth exploring. There are also nice shops and restaurants that are always worth a visit. Along the shore road you will find beautiful villas with gorgeous planted gardens.

Toscolano Maderno und Umgebung
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Toscolano is best known for its paper production, the letterpress printing press and the old paper mills (museum in the valley). Martin Luther, for example, printed his Bible on paper made in Toscolano. The church of Saints Pietro and Paolo, built in 1548 and exhibiting some paintings by Andrea Celesti, is also worth a visit at any time.


Gargnano is a small municipality on the western shore of Lake Como. The municipality belongs to the province of Brescia, which consists of many small hamlets, three of which (Bogliaco, Villa and Gargnano) are located directly on Lake Garda. A beautiful lakeside promenade invites you to take a stroll. You will also find olive groves and vineyards up to the plateau of Monte Gargnano.

The town centre boasts many large villas with magnificent gardens. Of historical importance is the country house of Benito Mussolini, who spent a lot of time here. There are also many good restaurants near the lake and the mountains, where the excellent fish dishes and homemade specialities are particularly recommended.

Sailing fans also get their money’s worth here: every year in September, the “Centomiglia”, a hundred-mile regatta across Lake Garda, starts from Bogliaco.

Bergdorf Gaino

Gaino is a small mountain village above Toscolano-Maderno. This original village with a small parish church (San Sebastiano) offers a magnificent view of the whole of Lake Garda. Gaino is one of the few places where the church bells are still rung by hand. Three restaurants and cafés, a bar with newspapers and a baker with fresh bread ensure the basic supply of the small village. Gaino is also an ideal starting point for bike tours or hikes to the mountains “Monte Pizzocolo” and “Monte Castello”.

Toscolano Maderno und Umgebung
Toscolano Maderno und Umgebung


Salò is an Italian municipality with about 10,000 inhabitants, located in the southwest of the lake. The picturesque location in a deeply cut bay at the foot of the panoramic Monte San Bartolomeo makes the town a popular destination for excursions. The town is also considered the warmest place on Lake Garda due to its sheltered position.

The magnificent lakeside promenade, which is also the longest promenade on the lake, invites you to take a stroll. You will also find a small old town, which is a popular destination with its narrow pedestrian zone and many small boutiques of well-known Italian designers. The many small squares, cafés and restaurants also invite you to linger.

A special highlight is the 15th century cathedral “Santa Maria Annunziata”. It is the largest and most important church on Lake Garda and belongs to the late Gothic period. In Salò you will also find other stylish buildings from the late Middle Ages and the early modern period.

Activities and highlights in Toscolano-Maderno and surroundings

By car:

  • Good bus connections to Salò and Desenzano
  • Excursions:
    • Southern tip of Lake Garda with the popular holiday resort of Peschiera del Garda (approx. 35 km)
    • Verona, the setting of Romeo and Juliet (approx. 60 km)
    • Fashion metropolis Milan (approx. 135 km)
    • Venice (approx. 175 km)

By ship:

  • Ferry station at the port of Toscolano for crossing by car to the east side of the lake.
  • Excursion boats at the harbour in Gargnano
  • Newly built, spacious bathing beach in Toscolano
  • In the south of the bay of Salò beautiful pebble beaches
  • Providers of rental boats from licence-free to “high speed” in Salò


    • Bogliaco Golf Resort, picturesquely situated about 100 m above the lake level, surrounded by typical Mediterranean vegetation such as oleander, laurel and cypresses.

By bicycle

    • Area around Toscolano-Maderno very suitable for walks and mountain bike tours
    • Mountain bike tours along the lake or in the hills of Gargnano
    • Mountain bike tours from Gaino to the mountains “Monte Pizzocolo” and “Monte Castello”

Horse riding

    • Riding school with wonderful riding possibilities with great lake panorama in groups for beginners and advanced riders and a riding arena above Toscolano di Maderno in the mountain village Gaino

Hiking, Walking, Mountaineering & Climbing:

    • Area around Toscolano-Maderno very suitable for walks
    • Walks from Gaino to the mountains “Monte Pizzocolo” and “Monte Castello
    • Hilly hinterland of Salò with the olive groves for beautiful walks and hikes with a fantastic view of the lake

Sailing, Surfing & Kite

    • Hundred-mile regatta “Centomiglia” starting from Boglico: Every year in September
    • Opportunities for surfing, rowing or sailing in Salò
  • Evening and partly nightlife with bars, pubs and discos in Portese, Salò and Desenzano

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