In Muscoline was born an extensive network of trails that can be traveled by bike, on foot or with the horse, with breathtaking views of the lake Garda hinterland, with the desire to increase the protection of the environment and the development of sustainable tourism on the rise, making sure that Muscoline can become a casket of colors, flavors and passions. Precisely for this reason all the routes are marked with colored arrows depending on the ring that you travel, all the trails of short or medium length, flow into another big ring almost 12 km long. (Maps available on the farm). Along these routes you can enjoy beautiful rural landscapes for several miles that wind through the green of our country, in complete safety and choosing the path more or less long based on your desire to walk … but we are sure you will not tire of admiring so much beauty. MuscoLinee: new lines of horizon to change a place that has already given us a lot of emotions, but that could offer us even more.
HARHAEOLOGICAL SITE LAKE LUCONE AND MUSEUM OF GAVARDO
The MAVS, Archaeological Museum of Valle Sabbia, based in Gavardo, in an ancient building once owned by the Episcopal Curia, offers visitors the ever-changing picture of our knowledge concerning Prehistory and the History of the human communities of Valle Sabbia and more in general than the western Garda area. Particular attention is given to the important group of populated dwellings from the Bronze Age of Lucone of Polpenazze, in 2011 registered on the World Heritage List, as part of the prehistoric pile-dwelling sites in the Alps. From the site, thanks to the particular environmental conditions, many artifacts are found in organic material, such as wooden sickles and linen fabrics, as well as an impressive collection of ceramics, terracotta objects, such as the famous enigmatic tablets, in bronze and horn bone. From the Lucone comes also a pirogue monoxile of which the cast is preserved.
THE MARTES MUSEUM AND THE SORLINI FOUNDATION
At the end of 2017, the Foundation Luciano Sorlini ordered the reunification of the entire collection of paintings in Calvagese, divided between the furnishings of the Venice Palace and the Castle of Montegalda in Vicenza. 84 paintings, mainly Venetian from the 17th and 18th centuries, were added to the works already present. In Venice there were the major works of Gaspare Diziani, Gian Battista Pittoni, Marco and Sebastiano Ricci, Gianantonio Pellegrini and Gianantonio Guardi.The set of 154 works due to the Luciano Sorlini Foundation and then to the MarteS was recomposed, but the sons Cinzia, Silvia and Stefano, in solidarity with the paternal project, decided to deposit in the Museum also 29 paintings that Luciano Sorlini wished to assign to them. The current exhibition itinerary includes the organization of the 183 works for “thematic groups” hosted in 14 environments, in order not only to present the paintings to the public, but also to “tell” the evolution of the collection and the mutations of the taste of Luciano Sorlini.
THE SEVEN CASTLES OF VALTENESI
For people that would like to venture into the territory you can discover the many medieval castles of our region: the castles of Moniga del Garda, Padenghe sul Garda, Polpenazze del Garda, Puegnago del Garda, Soiano del Lago, La Rocca di Lonato and La Rocca di Manerba last inserted inside a natural park of rare beauty.
During the summer, municipalities often organize events in castles, such as open-air cinemas, concerts, street artists’ festivals and theatrical performances.
VISIT THE LAKE WITH FERRIES
An alternative way to move on Lake Garda in a relaxing and pleasant way is to navigate: quickly travel from one location to another on board fast hydrofoils and catamarans or enjoy the tranquility of the lake on a slower motorboat. You can go to almost all the countries of the lake from middle of March to the end of October, or travel by car following Maderno to Torri del Benaco throughout the year (from Limone to Malcesine from June to the beginning of October) .
ISLAND OF GARDA
The island of Garda is located on the Brescia side of Lake Garda in the municipality of San Felice del Benaco. It is about 200 meters from the promontory of Capo San Fermo, is about one kilometer long and is about 600 meters wide on average.
The island was inhabited already at the time of the Romans. Around 1220 we know that St. Francis visited many places in northern Italy, including Lake Garda and on this quiet island built a simple dormitory for the friars.
In 1429 the old monastery of the sland of Garda was renovated and enlarged and the island became an important ecclesiastical and meditation center. In 1797 the monastery was definitively suppressed by Napoleon who became the owner of the island. Later the island became property of the state and in the following years had several owners who set up the villa and contributed to the construction of the park, building retaining walls to the lake and importing fertile land and exotic plants. The palace was enriched by terraces arranged in an Italian garden with rare plants and unique flowers. Between 1890 and 1903 the old villa was rebuilt and became the current grand palace in Venetian neo-gothic style designed by the architect Rovelli.
Today the villa is owned by the Borghese Cavazza family who continue to take care of the park and the palace they live in and which, upon reservation, open to the public with guided tours from April to October.
Eighteen hamlets: one in the Riviera, the others scattered on a lively plateau, set on hills of incomparable panoramic beauty that dominate the entire Garda. Tremosine sul Garda is located in the heart of the Alto Garda Bresciano Park and embodies its essence and gathers all the natural and environmental qualities of the protected natural area. First of all the landscape. Here the highest mountains of the Park blend with the blue of Garda, scenarios that are unequaled.
Between the mountains and the lake, between the mountains and the Mediterranean, lies the green plateau of Tremosine sul Garda, an unspoiled natural oasis that satisfies the spirit. Opposite, beyond the lake, the majesty of Monte Baldo. Breathtaking the road that runs along the deep ravine of the Brasa stream, carved into the rock and takes an overhang on cliffs that leave wondered: the wonderful Street La Forra, immersed in an absolutely unique environment of its kind. The gentle slopes make it accessible to many fans.
Defined by Winston Churchill the eighth wonder of the world, it begins along the Western Gardesana, shortly after the town of Limone sul Garda. The road, built in 1913 to connect the lake to Tremosine, is very narrow and full of galleries. In its first part is exposed, a peak on the lake, and offers a fantastic view. Later it is added in a narrow gorge (called Forra), dug by the Brasa stream. Tremosine was chosen as the location for filming some James Bond scenes. But you can not leave Tremosine before tasting the typical cheese: Formaggella di Tremosine.
LIMONE DEL GARDA AND THE NEW CYCLOPEDONAL
Limone sul Garda (Limù in the Gardesano dialect) is an Italian town of 1174 inhabitants in Brescia area.
Until the forties the country was only reachable by lake or through the mountains, however from the south. The construction of the Garda road (completed in 1932) has broken this isolation and has brought a notable tourist development of the area, opening it also towards Riva del Garda and foreign tourism. Today Limone is one of the most popular tourist locations on the Brescia side.
Limone is famous for its lemon groves, its precious olive oil, and for the longevity of some of its inhabitants. From 2018 it has jumped to the headlines for the construction of the most spectacular cycling path in Europe: a 2 km long track with cantilever on the lake that allows you to ride or stroll enjoying a breathtaking view to the border with the area of Trento.
LIMONAIA LA MALORA
The lemon garden (Limonaia) La Malora is located in Gargnano, on the western coast of Lake Garda. It is an old structure dating back to the sixteenth century and is used for the cultivation of lemons.
It is unique in its kind: unlike the surrounding lemon gardens, now mostly abandoned or re-developed as homes, La Malora is still a productive limonaia, perfectly preserved and available for visits. This is thanks to the commitment and passion of the owner Giuseppe Gandossi and his son Fabio.
THE ROCCA OF MANERBA AND ITS NATURAL PARK
The Lake of Manerba del Garda Park includes 84.8 hectares of water mirror flanked to 116.2 hectares of coastal territory. The terrestrial slope includes the nature reserve oriented Rocca and del Sasso, the walls of Monte Re and the agricultural areas between Montinelle and San Giorgio. The protected waters are instead included between Porto Dusano and Pisenze.
The natural park is a place in which, left the haste and the noise of everyday life, you can immerse yourself in a multifaceted nature and full of surprises: it is the Natural Reserve of the Rocca and the Sasso di Manerba del Garda. In a relatively circumscribed space, it contains a truly unique variety of plant species: plants that belong to different climates coexist in common with the reassuring presence of the lake. Take a walk in this park, follow the paths restored and indicated by clear signs, get involved in the scents and colors of a new environment in every season can become an unforgettable experience, almost fairytale …
ISLAND OF SAN BIAGIO (ISLAND OF RABBITS)
And after visiting the Rocca nature park, a few meters from Punta Belvedere, you can immerse yourself in the waters surrounding the small and precious island of San Biagio, commonly known as rabbit Island, characterized by green meadows, cypress trees and flowering bushes one of the most beautiful beaches of Garda.
As the name suggests, one of its peculiarities is precisely the presence on the territory of many free-standing bunnies that are now used to the company of humans.
So you can discover this hidden gem in the Garda, Lombardy side, relaxing with them, sunbathing on the grass, immersing yourself in the crystal clear water that characterizes this lake, appreciating the beautiful view towards the cliffs of the Rocca di Manerba or refresh yourself at the kiosk present on the islet.
To make it even more unique is the fact of being able to reach it on foot, when conditions permit, through a strip of seabed that connects it with the mainland where the Camping San Biagio rises. In periods of very low water the level reaches the knees. For the less adventurous and in case of bad weather, a taxi-boat service is available for a fee that starts from Porto Torchio.
The surroundings of the San Biagio Island are very popular with scuba-diving enthusiasts. The Altare rock, is certainly one of the most popular dive sites of Lake Garda. The wall descends to a depth of 150 meters, and is famous for two large balconies covered with yellow sponges and a cave that lends refuge to large specimens of real perch, pike, tench, eel and bleak.
Beautiful tourist destination, Sirmione stands on a thin strip of land that divides the low Lake Garda between the gulfs of Peschiera and Desenzano. The Roman and medieval vestiges and the thermal waters make this Italian town a very sought after holiday resort for vacationers of all ages. Those who go to Sirmione must first of all visit the wonderful Scaligero Castle, a building built between the 13th and 14th centuries that once represented a stronghold guarding the only southern access point to the historical center of the city. Do not miss the Catullo cave, a Roman domus.
The thermal baths
Sirmione’s thermal baths offer hyperthermal, spring water and bacteriologically pure water, a precious ally for health. The beneficial waters of the city of Sirmione are born on the slopes of Monte Baldo, (at over eight hundred meters above sea level), and descend to more than two thousand meters below sea level. Here the waters are enriched with precious minerals. At this point the waters flow into the Boiola spring, where – thanks to a system of pipes – are channeled to give rise to the Baths Catullo and Virgilio. These are the names, in fact, of the main thermal centre of Sirmione together with the Acquaria Wellness Center located in the heart of the historic center of Sirmione.
Sirmione is a popular holiday resort for its magnificent beaches overlooking Lake Garda. First of all we remember Jamaica Beach, a real natural oasis with crystalline waters. Do not miss the Galeazzi beach, which offers beach volleyball courts, canoes, pedal boats and renowned dining options. Finally, we point out Punta Staffalo located near the historic center of Sirmione and the Blonde shore.
SALO ‘AND THE MUSA
This wonderful village is located on the shores of Lake Garda and is part, along with other municipalities, of the lemon coast (Riviera dei Limoni). Many tourists know its charm and beauty that it transmits even for a walk along the lakefront. Among the most important palaces we find the “Palazzo della Magnifica Patria” and the “Palazzo del Podestà” which now house the municipal offices but once belonged to the nobility. From here you leave the lakefront to enter the historic center which is a succession of narrow streets and lanes, surrounded by historic buildings. Do not miss the Duomo dating back to 1453 and dedicated to Santa Maria Annunziata. Majestic outside and embellished inside by the canvases of Romanino, Moretto, Zenon Veronese, Paolo Veneziano and a 15th century gilded wooden shovel representing the Madonna in Throne with the Risen Christ above. In the Piazza del Duomo you can find the best ice cream shop in Salò, La Casa del Dolce, where you can taste excellent ice creams and slushes made with raw materials of excellence in the area, among which the chocolate ice cream with our Inchino Groppello Chinato. And after this sweet break a visit to the MU.SA is a must, a beautiful museum housed in the Santa Giustina church where many works of art are exhibited telling the story of Salò and temporary exhibitions are often hosted.
RIMBALZELLO ADVENTURE PARK
The adventure park “Rimbalzello ” offers suspended paths between plants of different heights and difficulties, to allow users of all ages (children, teenagers and adults) to participate and live an unforgettable experience. This park offers the ideal combination of fun activities, training experience and sports practice and is located near the Lake Garda, in Barbarano, municipality of Salò.
Today Desenzano del Garda is a lively town located at the southwestern end of Lake Garda. At the center of a wide gulf bordered to the west by the Monte Corno and to the east by the Sirmione peninsula, it is in a privileged geographical position from which you can admire the most beautiful European lake in its maximum extension.
The name Desenzano arises from the Latin name of person Decentius, the owner of the farm and the villa of the fourth century of which today you can visit the excavations. There is also an etymology of popular origin: as the village stretches along the hilly slope, the name is connected with descent. In winter the climate is temperate and fog-free, and in summer the breeze from the lake is never lacking.
TOSCOLANO AND THE VALLEY OF PAPERS
Toscolano Maderno (Toscolà Madéren in the Gardesano dialect) is part of the Alto Garda Bresciano regional park. In this village is situated the Pizzocolo mountain.
Toscolano and Maderno are two very distinct centers, divided by the Toscolano torrent, which were autonomous municipalities until 1928. In addition to the splendid lakeside promenade and its marvelous beaches, Toscolano is famous for the Valley of the paper and its museum.
The first to produce the paper were the Chinese. The Arabs came to know it in 751 AD. when they conquered Samarkand; from here they exported the production in Persia, to Baghdad, in Egypt and in Spain. Between the twelfth and thirteenth centuries this industry spread throughout Europe. Pace da Fabriano introduced the paper in Padova and Treviso area and, precisely at this time, the relationship between Venice and the inhabitants of the Garda dates back. A boat collapsed in the Garda; the wind broke the tree and brought the sail to embed itself in an inlet of Toscolano. The force of the waves reduced the sail to pulp but the sun exposure returned to give it consistency. When some locals realized that the material was suitable for writing, they founded the first paper mill. This legend tells the origins of the paper mills in Toscolano. The first factories consisted of a building similar to a simple house with a wheel that moved ten or twelve pistons, a small room, a press, a boiler, an attic and nothing else. Today, in addition to the museum, you can visit the remains of the old paper mills and all around a valley to be discovered: recently some old roads have been reopened, walkable or on horseback: the road of the Valleys from Botticella to Gaino or Pulciano; the road from the locality of Gatto to Gaino; the road of Maina that goes up to the meadows of San Martino, the footbridge that connects Luseti with Covoli.
GARDONE, THE ITALIAN VITTORIALE AND THE BOTANICAL GARDEN
Gardone is touristically the best known and the first, in order of time, between the Gardesan holiday resorts. It was launched in 1879 by the German Luigi Wimmer with the opening of a pension called “Pizzocolo” which gradually widened, even after his death, to become the Grand Hotel of Gardone, still today the most important hotel in the country. Gardone becomes the favorite place of various artists, among them the painter Gregorio Sciltian and the sculptor Francesco Messina. After the war, Winston Churchill also stayed there. One of the great attractions of Gardone is the Vittoriale, the Garda residence of Gabriele Dannunzio, whose works, started in 1923 by the architect Giancarlo Maroni, continue even after the death of the great poet. On a fenced plot of nine hectares, which also includes the ancient villa Cargnacco (residence of Wimmer and then of the German art critic Ernst Thode), the poet collects his memories: the Puglia ship, the anti-submarine Mas 96 motorboat used for sink the Austrian battleship Viribus Unitis in the so-called Buccari hoax (10-11 February 1918), the legendary flight over Vienna (9 August 1918), the Isotta-Fraschini and the Fiat Torpedo used to reach Rijeka in the 1919 expedition , the boulders of the mountains of the Great War.
There is also the open-air theater, capable of 1500 spectators, but the jewel is Schifamondo, the house-museum built by D’Annunzio, who prefers to stay in Villa Cargnacco (called Prioria), whose rooms offers high-sounding names (del Mappamondo, della Leda, della Musica).
To visit in Gardone there is also the Heller botanical garden where about 2 thousand varieties of plants and flowers are gathered on the surface of only one hectare, moved by scenographic effects, in a tangle of paths, rocks, waterfalls.
Brescia is one of the cities of the river Po Valley, it is located in the middle of the Val Trompia and bordered to the north by the Brescian pre-Alps and Mount Maddalena hill and the Cidneo hill to the east;
Beginning the visit from the historic center we find the La Loggia Square, a fine example of Renaissance architecture, testimony of Venetian domination. There is Palazzo Loggia and the Monti di Pietà. Remarkable is also the Clock Tower with the “Macc dè lé ure”, the two automatic characters that beat the hours. Continue to Vittoria square, designed by the famous architect Piacentini who celebrated with this work the dictates of the fascist regime. Here stands the large palace of the Post Office and the tower; the two-tone marble surfaces are also precious. In Piazza Paolo VI, of medieval origin, there is the old Dom Cathedral, dating back to the 12th century, also known as Rotonda due to its particular circular structure. Inside there are numerous works of art including the remarkable fourteenth-century tomb of the bishop Berardo Maggi. Built between the eleventh and twelfth centuries, the imposing New Cathedral, begun in 1604 and concluded in 1825, and the Broletto palace, a medieval building that was the seat of the civic magistrates in the Middle Ages, from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century. One of the main things to see in Brescia is definitely the Tosio Martinengo Art Gallery, located inside a seventeenth-century building. Today it houses the collections of paintings by the main protagonists of the Brescia Renaissance, such as Romanino, Foppa, Moretto and Savoldo. Also not to be missed is Piazza del Foro, the heart of Roman Brixia: the Capitoline Temple or Capitolium was erected by Emperor Vespasiano between 73 and 74 AD. The Capitolium closed the Forum of the ancient city of Brixia to the north. Between the fourth and fifth centuries the temple was destroyed by fire. Since 1939 it has assumed its current appearance. Inside there is a rich collection of commemorative stems, and some ancient epigraphs from the territory of Brescia. Located on the Cidneo hill there is the Castle (245 m), the inner circle of the imposing fortified complex was built by the Visconti, who dominated the city in 1337. There are the square of the Mirabella Tower (XIII century) and the fourteenth-century “Mastio Visconteo”, decorated inside by valuable frescoes. It is one of the largest fortified complexes in Italy, located along the Visconti walls. Inside this building we find the “Luigi Marzoli” Weapons Museum, one of the most important in Europe for its collection of weapons and armor dating back to the 15th century.
Also the Museum of the Risorgimento, is located inside the castle, and is rich in documents and historical relics. Another important museum is the Santa Giulia Museum built within the walls of the monastery.
SERLE AND THE HIGHLAND OF THE CARIADEGHE
The Natural Monument of Cariadeghe Plateau, site of community importance, occupies the north-western portion of the homonymous calcareous massif in the municipality of Serle, a small town located about 20 km from Brescia in the direction of Lake Garda.
The plateau expresses better than any other place in the Lombardy Region a typical karstic plateau, here in time the water playing with the rock has created quite unique morphologies, the dolines are the element of the most widespread and most representative landscape of Cariadeghe, they are depressions of the ground of various dimensions and depths, we find them juxtaposed to one another, between them the space only for tortuous reliefs on which the paths run. At the bottom or on the slopes of some dolines there are cavities that can be walked by man, often consisting of veritable vertical wells; for a long time the inhabitants of Cariadeghe have been able to exploit the singular environmental conditions that characterize the caves, destined to the conservation of local dairy products. The study of hypogeal cavities conducted by generations of speleologists has shown that the Plateau represents under the hydrogeological profile the most productive territory of the Brescian Prealps and the presence of an underground fauna rich in endemic elements. The area is the destination of fantastic walks at first sight, an impenetrable wooded barrier appears broken here and there from the few meadow areas and by the presence of groupings of tall trees or isolated trees of great aesthetic value for the monumental size, beeches, chestnut trees and hornbeam. There are numerous floristic species present protected by national and international laws. The landscape is characterized by the presence of reliefs, from the easily accessible peaks you can admire a vast panorama that embraces half the province, among which stands out the S. Bartolomeo mountain with its particular truncated conical shape, an important site of archaeological interest; recently some researches have brought to light large tracts of the vast and imposing Romanesque Monastery that occupied the entire summit plain of the mountain.
THE “FUCINE” CLIMBING PARK
On the road that leads from Casto to Alone, after about a kilometer in a remarkable and unique environmental historical context for its suggestiveness, climbing and climbing gyms of varying difficulty have been created.
In particular, the path of the ferrata arranged in a ring is composed of fourteen independent and aligned stretches, a total length of 1700 meters with about 500 meters in altitude and at the end of each of them it is possible to exit and continue on the path.
We also cross two Tibetan bridges and with a simple variation to the route you can pass through the narrow of Luina, 380 meters long canyon, 1-2 meters wide and 30-35 meters deep, the protagonist of the incredible rock erosion. Difficulty medium minimum height mt.1,20 is passable only uphill is mandatory use of equipment while the railways are all challenging. The journey times are about four hours, the departure and arrival coincide and flank the road to Alone near the Corna Zana.
For fans of historical routes you can visit, in frieze to the railways, an old industrial district consisting of six forges, a melting furnace and a mill. The complex was operational until 1930 and produced iron tools for over five centuries using water as a driving force. On the same path there are three climbing gyms with different degrees of difficulty, ensuring all fans have the opportunity to have fun.
A new attraction is the group of 8 “Zip Line”, which allow with the necessary precautions to fly over the recreational area of the lakes on the Torrazzo Regazzina. A beautiful hiking circuit allows you to visit and enjoy truly unique natural sites such as the “PISOT” waterfall “Pos de l’Acqà” and “Pisarì del Cociarì”.