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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.

Best Places to Stay in Gargnano

  • The Villa Giulia is a handsome Victorian villa right on the water’s edge with 23 light, airy bedrooms and some lovely original decorations. Between the villa and the lake are beautiful, fragrant gardens. The villa is peaceful and the views are spectacular.
  • The Lefay Resort & Spa is a spectacular spa resort overlooking Lake Garda. There are 90 contemporary rooms and suites, some with private hot tubs and sun decks, plus there are indoor and outdoor pools, an excellent organic restaurant, a meditation garden and beautiful parklands.
  • The Villa Feltrinelli is another beautiful aristocratic villa conversion, with 21 rooms boasting restored interior and antiques, beautiful fabrics and paintings. There’s also a Michelin starred restaurant.
  • Converted from an old hunting lodge, the Villa Sostaga is now a 19 room hotel, surrounded by 40 beautiful, green acres overlooking Lake Garda.  A homey atmosphere and some very nice antiques make this a peaceful retreat with plenty of charm.  

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  • B&B Loggia Marti

    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.

    4 rooms from $101
    Value chic  -  This B&B respresents excellent value for money with lovely rooms from just €90 per night including breakfast.
    Local exploring  -  The property is ideally located for exploring the gorgeous Lake Garda
    Great walks  -  Parco regionale dell'Alto Garda Bresciano
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Verona for the day
  • Villa Sostaga


    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.

    19 rooms from $146
    Local exploring  -  A charming spot from which to explore the delights of Lake Garda
    Views  -  From its elevated position you get fab views over Lake Garda
    Swimming Pool  -  Large outdoor pool and terrace with lovely lake views
    Local markets  -  Visit Gargnano which has many charming shops.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Villa Giulia


    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.

    23 rooms from $353
    Literary  -  DH Lawrence stayed on the lake for months at a time and would write the final version of Sons and Lovers here.
    Great walks  -  The beautifully maintained gardens are a feast for the senses with bougainvillea, climbing roses, olive and lemon trees.
    Sights nearby  -  Gargnano, one of the few villages on the Lake that still maintains its original structures, is only one km away.
    Views  -  Magnificent Lakeside views
  • Lefay Resort & Spa


    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.

    90 rooms from $446
    Views  -  Spectacular views over Lake Garda.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and Outdoor Pools
    Romantic Break
    Total relaxation
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels
  • Villa Feltrinelli


    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.

    21 rooms from $1066
    Romantic Break  -  The ultimate treat for yourself and a loved one
    Great walks  -  Plenty of scenic walking routes nearby
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Heated Pool
    Sights nearby  -  Verona just 1 hour away
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection, Fodors
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