Small and picturesque, Gargnano’s slightly awkward position on Lake Garda, nestled with its back right into the mountains, means that it’s escaped the worst kinds of tourism development and is still a charming hamlet. The marina is still small, and most of the shops and restaurants are within a few hundred metres of the waterfront. Some of our Guru’s recommendations for the best places to stay in Gargnano are ‘in’ town, but the majority of the best places to stay in Gargnano have been converted from stunning aristocratic villas which surround the town, offering views of both the lake and the mountains.
Quiet Gargnano has narrow, winding streets, dating from medieval times, and a large church - considering the size of the town. Gargnano also has a former convent of St. Francis and an impressive town hall built in 1581. The surrounding land is taken up with fragrant gardens, orchards, and olive groves, many lined with historic stone walls. And it’s been quite a wealthy, comfortable place, hence the number of beautiful villas now converted to hotels.
Part of the pleasure of visiting Gargnano is the feeling of having a pocket of the lake to your self. There are plenty of walking trails around, and it’s worth strolling over to Bogliaco to see their church, home to some exceptional 5th Century artefacts and some notable paintings, and to the nearby Villa Fletrinelli, which is where Mussolini lived during the period of the Republic of Salò.
Gargnano (Lake Garda)
A gorgeous seventeenth-century house in the heart a tiny village made of narrow alleys and olive groves overlooking Lake Garda. The four bedrooms are clever mix of contemporary design and period features. A grown up, great value, laid back home from home, ideal for exploring the region.
Surrounded by 40 acres and overlooking Lake Garda, this charming villa was once an old hunting lodge. The bedrooms have a unique homely feel with antique furniture and are all individually named. Enjoy the elegant art nouveau dining room which gives a refined noble feel to this charming retreat.
Handsome Victorian villa right on the water's edge. Light and airy bedrooms with original decorative flourishes and antiques. Fragrant gardens sloping down to the lakeside. Its unassuming and sophisticated charm transports one to another time.
Spectacular spa resort overlooking Lake Garda from its hilltop perch. Rooms and suites in contemporary design with private hot tubs and sun decks. Excellent organic restaurant, swimming pools, meditation gardens and parklands for roaming. Designed for total relaxation.
Ultimate luxury lakeside hotel in an historic house. Like staying in a private home, full of aristocratic heritage, with restored interiors and antiques, beautiful fabrics and paintings. Gourmet dining, a perfect honeymoon escape for those that can afford it.