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 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.
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”.
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.
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