The most popular visitor attractions, places to see & things to do in & near Gardone Riviera Italy.
While you’ll get a real sense of dolce far niente with Gardone’s famously laid back atmosphere - perfect for leisurely strolls down the promenade, wandering around the shops and lazy afternoons in gelaterias – it’s also well positioned for more active holidays. Stretching behind the town, the national park offers varied walking and cycling terrain and you’ll also find various activities on the lakeside.
Nearby resorts to explore include Salò and Maderno which lie on either side of the town and you can take boat trips to the island or eastern shore. One of the lake’s most picturesque towns, Gardone’s flowery promenade and fascinating architecture make it a real sight for the eyes. With things to do and see both indoors and out, the town hosts two of Lake Garda’s top attractions; botanical gardens and Italian Vittoriale, plus beautiful religious buildings and museums.
Gardone Riviera Walking & Hiking: Thanks to the hilly and mountainous terrain of the Alto Garda Bresciano Park that stretches behind the town, there are some amazing hiking trails in the area and you’ll also find some easier walks near the town if you prefer a gentler pace. Gardone has some lovely cedar and olive groves as well as small villages nearby like Fasano Sopra that are well worth exploring. The local tourist board can provide a free list of routes and some Sno holidays include guided walks where you can explore the area in the company of a local expert.
Gardone Riviera Cycling & Mountain Biking: With woodland, rolling hills, steep inclines and a prime position in front of the Alto Garda Bresciano Park, Gardone offers access to some seriously impressive cycling and mountain biking terrain. Cycle to the village of San Michele for an amazing view over the lake or down to Salò for an Italian town experience. You’ll find some great terrain around Toscolano-Maderno (about 4km up the lake) including the challenging routes and rewarding views on Monte Pizzocolo and the Paper Mill Valley where you can discover old factory ruins. Some of our hotels provide their own bike hire services, making cycling on your holiday even easier.
Gardone Riviera Water sports & Lake Activities: If you want to enjoy the stunning surroundings of the town from the water, there are various boat tours, mini cruises and taxi boats available. Circolo Vela Toscolano offer boat hire if you want to take the experience into your own hands as well as canoe hire, sailing lessons and team building activities. For lake bathing and days by the beach if you’re staying here in the summer, go to lovely Lido di Fasano or Casino Beach, where the amazingly clear water has earned the beach official blue flag status. To enjoy the water at its warmest, book a holiday in July, August or September.
The famous Italian Vittoriale was built between 1921 and 1938 by poet Gabriele d'Annunzio and architect Giancarlo Maroni. Attracting around 180,000 visitors a year, main features include d’Annunzio’s house and gardens, the spectacular open-air theatre and a war museum.
Formally known as the Giardino Hruska Botanico after its founder Arturo Hruska, this botanical garden is now under the care of artist Andre Heller. Admire the sculptures, streams and ponds as you stroll amongst flowers and plants from all over the world.
Well worth a visit for its art, architecture and the fantastic view from its balcony, the St Nicolo church was designed by Paolo Soratini and is home to pieces by Zenon Veronese, Francesco Monti and Augustus Lozza.
Nearby the Vittoriale, The Museum of the Divine Infant claims to be the world’s only museum dedicated to art collections of ‘the divine child’. German art collector Mayr, who owns the museum, displays over 200 sculptures of the baby Jesus.
The beautiful Isola del Garda is home to a stunning park and lush gardens surrounding a striking neo-Gothic Villa. The Cavazza family who currently own the island open their doors for public and private tours on selected days from Gardone Riviera.