Gargnano is a very pleasant village north of Toscolano-Maderno and Gardone Riviera and makes a pleasant stop off or base for a holiday. Gargnano is situated on the western shore of Lake Garda in the middle of the “Parco Alto Garda Bresciano”. The quiet town of Gargnano has preserved its rhythms of the past. Daily life takes place in its beautiful small harbors and squares overlooking Lake Garda. It is rather small so if you stayed here you would want to use Gargnano as a pleasant base to visit many of the other towns and areas of the lake, but is a really nice little town to return to at night and enjoy a pizza or a quiet drink on the promenade. Although things might liven up every Sunday when the market arrives. There are in fact three villages very close to each other at Gargnano, Gargnano itself, Villa and Bogliaco. Gargnano has no particular aspirations but is a quiet nice place to chill out, if that is what you are looking for in your holiday. Mussolini liked it here and lived in the Villa Feltrinelli. Some magnificent villas, palaces with beautiful gardens which can tell of a wealthy past, are located in the main village of the municipality. Lemon-houses stand out amile since they are built with high pillars, in a row, which are contained on three sides by white rock walls. For those who enjoy history you can checkout the monastery of San Francesco at Gargnano founded in 1289, with the original cloisters remaining tody and Villa Bettoni-Cazzago which can be seen from the lakeside road at Bogliaco as a rather eccentric collection of sculptures along a very decorative orange and yellow decorative wall. From Gargnano, visitors can set out to explore the gorgeous inland area to the winding Valvestino valley with its fjord-like lake nestled between the valleys. After a few kilometers, you’ll come across the towns of Magasa, Armo, Bollone,Droane, Moerna and Persone. Besides its peaceful setting, Gargnano is also famous for sailing because it is the site of theCentomiglia, one of the most famous international regattas on the lake. Hundreds of crews participate with their sailboats sailing the waters of Lake Garda from north to south.