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Toscolano Maderno holidays

Two towns in one, Toscolano-Maderno on Lake Garda’s western shore offers a hard-to-beat combination of ancient history, varied cycling and walking terrain, brilliant transport links and stunning scenery. With one of Lake Garda’s best beaches to top it off, this is a fantastic base for a lake and mountain holiday.

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At a glance: • Ferry to Eastern Shore • Charming Restaurants • Paper Mill Valley

Great for: • Active holidays • history • transport links

Two towns in one, Toscolano-Maderno on Lake Garda’s western shore offers a hard-to-beat combination of ancient history, varied cycling and walking terrain, brilliant transport links and stunning scenery. With one of Lake Garda’s best beaches to top it off, this is a fantastic base for a lake and mountain holiday.

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Toscolano Maderno Guide

Situated on the eastern shore of Lake Garda on either side of the Toscolano River, the two Brescian towns of Toscolano and Maderno were united in 1928 and are now thought of as a single resort. Dramatic Monte Pizzocolo overlooks the valley and some lovely scenic villages including Gaino and Sanica can be found in the surroundings.

The north end of the resort, Toscolano is the more industrial of the two, known for its paper mills while more southerly Maderno is prettier and more tourist-focussed with a lovely bay, and a variety of restaurants, cafes and bars. Visit our Restaurants and Bars page for places to eat and drink nearby.

When it comes to getting around, Toscolano Maderno serves as an important port for the Lake Garda car ferry which provides transport to the eastern shore and a regular bus service provides access to towns like Gargnano, Riva and Brescia.

Stats & FAQ

Where: Western shore, Lake Garda

Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Verona (VRN)81.9km, 1h
Brescia (VBS)37.9km, 40mins
Milan Malpensa (MXP)176km, 1h50mins
Nearby towns: Gardone Riviera, Salò, Torri
City Excursions:Venice, Florence, Milan
Other excursions:Other excursions: Dolomites, Mantova and Sigurta Park, Lake Tour, Wine Tour, Isola del Garda

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How do you pronounce Toscolano-Maderno? “Tos-kol-ah-no Mad-air-no”

Events & Activities

A variety of events take place here throughout the year, including the annual Festival del Garda, traditional Bisse races on the lake and a weekly market. To find out more about what’s on, visit our Events page.

Toscolano Maderno caters for all kinds of holidays, whether you prefer to get the adrenaline pumping or relax and rejuvenate. With walking and cycling terrain of varying difficulty and a ferry service to Torri - from which you can climb legendary Monte Baldo - this is a brilliant base for active holidays. Combine a walk or bike ride with some historic sightseeing in the famous Paper Mill Valley or opt for horse-back as a fantastic way to enjoy the scenery. In hot weather, make sure you spend time on Maderno’s beach, which is one of the nicest on Lake Garda.

Visit our Activities page for more things to see and do in the area.

History & Culture

Toscolano dates back to Etruscan settlement and under the name Benacum, is said to have been the largest town on Lake Garda during the Roman era. The well preserved remains of a Roman Villa can be found here, nearby the paper mill valley which is home to various ruined buildings from the town’s industrial paper making past. Visit the Paper Mill Museum to learn all about the town’s industrial heritage.

Other important buildings include the Romanesque Church of Sant'Andrea and the Baroque church of St Pietro e Paolo, where you can see some paintings by famous artist Andrea Celesti.

To experience some local culture, make sure you visit the weekly market. The colourful lakeside markets are a big tradition around Lake Garda and are brilliant if you want to sample a bit of lake life.

Visit our Toscolano Maderno History page to find out more about the past of the area.

Best time to go

Best time to visit Toscolano Maderno

When is the best time to visit Toscolano Maderno?

To make the most of Maderno’s lovely south-facing sandy beach, book a holiday in June, July or August, which are the hottest months (with temperature highs between 27°C - 31°C). These are the most popular months to visit, so if you’re looking for a quieter time of year to enjoy the surroundings, consider May or September if you still want warm weather or October if you prefer a milder climate. As well as being one of the quietest months, October is a good month to stay here if you want a holiday filled with activities without the heat and humidity holding you back.

May is the beginning of the summer holiday season here, with warm average highs of 25°C. Read more about what May is like in Maderno here.

June usually has the least rainfall of summer months as well as lovely warm weather before the peak crowds and temperatures of July and August. For more information about what to expect in June click here.

July has the most sunlight hours making this a perfect month for Italian sunshine and warm evenings on the lakeside. Click here for more.

Toscolano Maderno is hottest in August when you can expect highs of 31°C – perfect for long days on one of Lake Garda’s best beaches. Read more here.

We love the warm weather in September, when you can expect average highs of 26°C. For more information on climate and what to do in September read here.

October is a milder month with highs of 19°C, ideal if you want to take advantage of the mountain terrain. Learn more about October here.

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