Museo della Carta

Lake Garda West Bank

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 Paper Museum where you can see how Toscolano-Maderno's top-quality paper was made and learn about the history of this local industry.

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