Gardone and Salò

Date : 2099 January 11th

Known also as city of gardens due to the various parks and villas, Gardone Riviera is composed of five charming hamlets scattered on the sunny hillside. The inland is greatly suitable for relaxing walks in the lush Mediterranean vegetation. For those who are more trained there are plenty of hikes with various difficulties for you to discover the fascinating landscape of lake Garda. The golden age of Gardone Riviera starts at the end of 1800s when some enlightened German doctors noticed the particularly mild climate and beauty of the place and, after settling locally, attracted new friends and patients to stay at the nursing homes and hotels that soon flourished on the Riviera.

After a break, due to the first World war, Gardone enjoyed again a period of growth thanks to Gabriele d’Annunzio who decided to build here his house –museum known as “il Vittoriale degli Italiani” or “Shrine to Italian victories”.

After World war II tourism in Gardone has turned from a Winter-Health to a summer vacation tourism. The town and its hotels soon rearranged to this new trend but kept their charm and exclusivity. The credo that always has inspired the town is the one of Quality for its guests as well as for its inhabitants. This lead our town to be awarded with several important recognitions: the “Bandiera Blu” for the quality of bathing waters, the Orange flag for the attractiveness of the inland and is listed amongst the “borghi più belli d’Italia”.


Salò is only 4 km away from Gardone, and with about 10.000 inhabitants is the most important town of the Riviera del Garda. Its scenic lakeside promenade allows to walk all around the gulf directly by the lake (50 min). The historical centre spreads among the square Carmine, la "Fossa" and the lungolago. The city centre is a maze of small roads alleys little square, elegant houses, shops bars and restaurants.

MuSa ?

Opened on June 2015 the MuSa, aims at gathering together the identity of Salò with its treasures and its important contribution to the national history. The museum hosts important works of art, refined pieces of luthier’s art, ancient machinery and even mummies. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 to 18

The Dome

Dedicated to S. Maria all'Annunziata, it was built on the top of a more ancient building dating back to 1453 /1502 with late gothic shapes, split in three aisles by a grey stone colonnade. During the evening in the summer season important classical music concerts take place in the pretty square just outside the Duomo.

Palace Fantoni

The building dates back to ‘400 and is the seat of the Historical Museum of Nastro Azzurro which gathers historical documents and memorabilia dating from the Napoleon era to the time of the Resistenza. Open Monday to Friday from 10 to 12.



Monday Peschiera (1-hour drive from Gardone)
Desenzano (40-minute drive from Gardone)
Maderno (5-minute drive/ 40 minutes on foot da Gardone)
Reachable also by bus. Bus-stop in front of Grand Hotel Gardone.
Garda (1-hour 20-minute drive from Gardone)
Sirmione (1-hour drive from Gardone)
Salò (5-minute drive / 40-minute on foot from Gardone)
Reachable also by bus. Bus-stop in front of Grand Hotel Gardone.


Several shopping malls are at easy reach from Gardone Riviera:
  • Elnòs Shopping (Roncadelle) - 41 km
  • Franciacorta Outlet Village - 47 km
  • Il Leone Shopping Centre (Lonato del Garda) - 30 km
  • Le Vele (Desenzano) - 25 km
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