Not far from Salò lies Toscolano Maderno, a hamlet of Etruscan-roman origin which has a large number of sites to visit, a location awaiting to be discovered …
Toscolano Maderno arises from joining Toscolano of Etruscan origin and Maderno of Roman origin. This is the reason why the sites and historical buildings you can visit and admire in Toscolano and Maderno – like the important residential complex among the Roman age villas on the Garda lake, that resembles the renowned Caves of Catullus in Sirmione or the Roman Domus in Desenzano del Garda – are all very different.
Another site to visit is the park of the Roman villa, where two ancient temples lie: one dedicated to Jupiterand one to Bacchus. The first, devoted to Jupiter Ammon, was used as a base for the Madonna del Benaco Sanctuary.
Among the other historical buildings that date back to the Middle Ages, well worth a visit is the Romanic Church in Maderno (XI century) which stands on the central square, and the bell tower of the parish church. It is interesting because it’s the only building remaining of an ancient castle with four towers, surrounded by a double moat.
The famous paper production tradition comes from Toscolano. You can visit the nearby Paper Mill Valley where since the Middle Ages, paper was produced by exploiting the power of the water that from the mountains flows into the Garda. The merit goes to the Dominican friars and to local residents. Thanks to them the uncultivated land was cleared and channels to carry water to the paper mills were built.
Definitely worth visiting is the Paper Museum (Museo della Carta) that exhibits the whole history of these activities, between Renaissance production plants and workshops, ironworks and important printing presses. Inside the Museum you will also be able to see the exhibits of the valley’s archeological excavations and the Renaissance filigree, as well as books printed by the major publishers of the time.