Gargnano is a large municipality formed by 13 small hamlets and situated at the center of the Garda Riviera. It could be called "a town between two lakes."
Gargnano and the hamlets of Villa and Bogliaco sit on the shore of Lake Garda and offer a typical Mediterranean landscape, while the inland area gradually climbs the hill to include Valvestino Lake, a genuine fjord nestled between the mountains of the Valvestino Valley.
The lakefront towns have preserved the picturesque, romantic characteristics of ancient fishing villages and the small hillside hamlets still have their old, rural homes and narrow streets winding through the grassy meadows that were once the basis of mountain economy and now offer a marvelous panorama of Lake Garda and views that take us back in time.
Gargnano offers visitors a striking setting full of art and history, with its historic villas, palazzos, beautiful churches, gardens, and lemon groves.
Gargnano is also the sailing capital of Lake Garda.
The hamlet of Bogliano is the starting point each September for the prestigious Centomiglia International Regatta, the most important yacht race on Italian lakes.
THE LEMON TREE GREENHOUSES
If you drive along the northernmost section of the Gardesana Occidentale road running along the west side of the lake, you cannot fail to notice tall pillars, some over ten meters high, stretching towards the sky. These old structures, which have since become an integral part of the landscape, confirm the local population's enterprise and aptitude for growing and selling citrus fruits - especially lemons. These unique greenhouses have walls at the back and sides; the front and roof are covered with wooden planks, which are removed from spring to autumn to let the sun warm the lemon trees inside.
Just think - lemons, limes, and bergamots growing a few miles from the 46th parallel.