Described by Winston Churchill as the eighth wonder of the world, the Strada della Forra or the Way of the Gorge, now called Provincial Road 38, crosses the Brasa river gorge from Lake Garda to the plateau of Tremosine. It is a true jewel nestled in the mountains, and is especially lovely if travelled in the evening light. It was the site of a famous car chase involving James Bond. The road was built thanks to the incentives of Father Giacomo Zanini, who saw the need of a link between the plateau and the lake. The road was opened on 8th May 1913 after four long years of hard work, and its influence was felt throughout Europe.
Strada della Forra, 25010 Tremosine BS, Italia
The Paper Mill Valley, located in Toscolano, was for many years the location of various paper mills thanks to its position on the banks of the Toscolano river. New technology has replaced water action with electricity, transferring the activity away from the lake and leading to a gradual abandonment of these structures. The landscape is extremely impressive, hard to imagine for those who have to travel the road that runs along the nearby Lake Garda. You can see abandoned buildings among the green surroundings, a sign of how nature quickly re-appropriates things. The charm of the ruins is certainly helped by the rich and varied vegetation that characterises these places, favoured by a mild climate.
Via Valle delle Cartiere - 25088 Toscolano Maderno (BS)
The plateau of Cima Rest in Magasa is characterised by a substantial presence of haylofts, small rustic buildings for storing forage and rearing livestock. The architecture of the barns is unique, the building consisting of a ground floor enclosed by stone walls, which is used for sheltering cattle, storage and as a living space; a mezzanine floor in timber for storing hay during the long winter period; and the steep sloping roof consisting of sheaves of straw, 1.2 metres in length, laid on the roof to keep out the rain.
Cima Rest, 25080 Magasa BS, Italia
The 10,000m² garden was designed by the doctor and naturalist Arturo Hruska between 1910 and 1971. There you can admire streams and ponds with water lilies, and over 2,000 species of flowers and plants from all continents and climatic zones. In 1988 the Austrian multimedia artist André Heller bought the land, creating a centre of environmental awareness. Inside the park there are works of contemporary sculpture.
Open daily from March to October, from 9 am to 19 pm.
Admission: € 10 adult
Via Roma, 2, 25083 Gardone Riviera BS, Italia
Monte Baldo is a mountain range between the provinces of Trento, Verona and Lake Garda. It is also called the "Garden of Europe" because of the numerous plant species present: there are various types of environments, from the sub-Mediterranean of the lake shores to the high-altitude environment which contains the characteristic flora of the Alpine belt. There is a ten-minute trip on the Malcesine-Monte Baldo cable car, the only one in the world with rotating cars. Gliders and bicycles can be carried up on the cable car.
Monte Baldo, 37018 Malcesine VR, Italia