Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Gardone Riviera

Il Vittoriale degli Italiani

Poet, soldier, hypochondriac and proto-Fascist, Gabriele d'Annunzio (1863–1938) defies easy definition, and so does his estate. Bombastic, extravagant and unsettling, it's home to every architectural and decorative …
Top Choice Island in Salò

Isola del Garda

It's not often you get to explore such a stunning private island, villa and grounds. Anchored just off Salò, this speck of land is crowned with impressive battlements, luxuriant formal gardens and a sumptuous neo-Go…
Top Choice Gardens in Gardone Riviera

Giardino Botanico Fondazione André Heller

Gardone's heyday was due in large part to its mild climate, something which benefits the thousands of exotic blooms that fill artist André Heller's sculpture garden. Laid out in 1912 by Arturo Hruska, the garden is …
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Valtenesi

Parco Archeologico Rocca di Manerba

Protected by Unesco, the gorgeous 'rock of Minerva' juts out scenically into the lake just north of Moniga del Garda. The park contains the remaining low rubble walls of a medieval castle, a restful nature reserve o…
Area in Salò

Republic of Salò

In 1943 Salò was named the capital of the Social Republic of Italy as part of Mussolini and Hitler's last efforts to organise Italian Fascism in the face of advancing American forces. This episode, known as the Repu…
Beach in Gargnano

Parco la Fontanella

A 300m stroll north from the ferry landing brings you to a beach where gleaming white pebbles fringe shallow crystalline waters. The shore, bar and restaurant are backed by olive groves that look out directly at the…
Museum in Toscolano-Maderno

Museo della Carta

The Toscolano torrent upstream fed numerous paper mills in the Middle Ages and you can follow the riverside road up the wooded Valle delle Cartiere and explore their peaceful ruins. The largest of them is now the Pa…
Historic Building in Limone sul Garda

Limonaia del Castèl

Limone's top attraction is this renovated Lemon orchard where you can learn a bit about the region's lemon-growing traditions, sample lemon-infused products and admire the views across Lake Garda. There's lots of in…
Monastery in Valtenesi

Santuario della Madonna del Carmine

The sanctuary of the Madonna del Carmine dates from 1452. Its simple Gothic-Romanesque exterior does little to prepare you for the technicolour frescoes inside, depicting images of Christ and the Virgin and scenes r…
Church in Gargnano

Chiesa di San Francesco

The Franciscans were Gargnano’s first inhabitants, and their modest 13th-century Romanesque church is the village's main monument. They were also some of the first farmers to cultivate citrus fruits in Europe, and y…