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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 Trattoria in Salò

Al Cantinone

It's well worth heading just a few streets back from the waterfront to track down this friendly neighbourhood trattoria, home to gingham tablecloths, fabulous cooking smells and a clutch of regulars playing cards in…
Top Choice Agriturismo in Valtenesi

Agriturismo i Vegher

Well worth the journey along unsurfaced roads and the long booking lead times (book at least a month in advance for holiday weekends, otherwise about two weeks), I Vegher is a place you'll want to arrive at hungry. …
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…
Gastronomy in Gargnano

La Tortuga

Despite its homey appearance Michelin-starred La Tortuga serves a sophisticated menu without undue pomp and ceremony. Appreciative diners at its handful of tables enjoy Garda classics such as pasta with lake perch i…
Osteria in Gardone Riviera

Antico Brolo

If you’re a considering a date night, Antico Brolo is the place for you, with seating in an intimate walled courtyard or better still on a tiny balcony frothing with pink geraniums overlooking Gardone. The food is a…
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…
Modern Italian in Salò

Antica Trattoria alle Rose

Go with the flow in this elegant trattoria where Rosanna Faè and Gianni Briarava have been turning out contemporary, local cuisine for 25 years. Say yes to the parade of mixed antipasti – the zucchini souffle in a p…