Maderno Holidays

Maderno has lots of energy. It’s a vibrant town in one of the sunniest spots on Lake Garda. Most of the action is around the beaches – they’re some of the best on the lake. Give some of the water sports a try or just pick out a lounger and chill out on the sand. There’s plenty to do here that’ll keep you active all week. We love the cycling trails that start nearby, or you can grab your boots and go for a stroll around the lake.

The views here are some of our favourite - Mount Pizzocolo dominates the skyline. Pull up a chair at one of the cafés on the promenade and enjoy the views of the yachts. If you want to explore more of the lake, head to the harbour and jump on a ferry. A regular bus service runs along the lake towards Riva and Limone in the north and Salò to the south.

  • from£569pp
  • 46 rooms
Hotel Milano, Exterior

Hotel Milano has a lakefront position in the quiet town of Maderno. Step out the doors and you're practically on the promendade, which is perfect for an afternoon stroll. The ferry point is close by for when you want to explore and the hotel's pool is perfect for the days when you want to relax.

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Information about Maderno
Resort Code ITTM
Time difference GMT+1
Currency EUR
Latitude 45.6408932
Longitude 10.6033703
Travel and Transportation

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Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 30 mins by coach.

Car hire available: No

Evening resort bus service: No

Local bus services:

Parking available: No

Resort Ski bus available: No


Free Excursion: Pre-book three excursions per person and receive a FREE full day excursion to Verona

Please note that excursions are not pre-bookable in Maderno for summer 2021 - some excursions are available to book locally, but will only run subject to meeting minimum numbers.

Verona Opera (evening)

The Verona Opera is definitely one for the bucket list! The season runs from mid June to early September and covers all the classics including Aida by Verdi or Turnadot by Puccini. Whichever performance you choose; you’ll have an incredible evening. We’ve included transport to and from the arena so you won’t have to worry about a thing. You can find out more about the opera and see the 2021 programme here.

Price: from £64 per person (price based on un-numbered steps tickets, upgrades are available)

Departs: Various days from June to September (click here for the 2021 schedule)

Venice Classic (full day)

Spend a day in this rich and indulgent city; known for its spectacular Renaissance architecture, dramatic theatre history, cobbled streets and charming waterways. It’s not to be missed! Our Venice Classic excursion allows you to explore the city with a guide as well as at your own pace. You’ll arrive there by coach and a water taxi transfer is included into the historic centre. You’ll also have the option to add on a gondola ride (payable locally). There’s plenty of time to take in sights of the Basilica, Doge's Palace, St Mark's square and the Rialto bridge in your own time – this is the perfect introduction to one of Italy's most magical cities.

Price: from £70 per person

Departs: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays

Majestic Dolomites (full day)

We think the Dolomites are the most breath-taking part of the Alps and this excursion gives you the chance to embrace mountain life with one of our fantastic tour guides. It starts with a scenic drive through the exceptional South Tyrol, Val di Fiemme, Cavalese and Moena regions. You’ll then stop off at Passa Pordoi and take in the incredible views from this 2,000-metre-high vantage point. Then there’s some free time to explore the terrain at your own pace, either by taking one of the trekking paths or simply enjoying an Aperol at a refugio and taking in the views. A stop off at the chocolate box town of Ortisei is included on the way back to your hotel as well as plenty of stops for photo opportunities in this awe inspiring landscape.

Price: from £53 per person

Departs: Mondays and Thursdays

Tour of Lake Garda (half day)

Get ready to explore the best of Lake Garda on this excursion – there’s so much natural beauty and picturesque towns to discover. See the spectacular mountain scenery of the north and the sunny plains of the south. Travelling by both coach and ferry, the tour itinerary for this excursion varies depending on where you start but will usually follow the famous Gardensana road lined with fragrant olive and lemon trees to reach the likes of Malcesine, Sirmione, Salò and Limone.

Price: from £48 per person

Departs: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Verona (full day)

Verona is one of Italy’s most charming little cities. This day trip dips into the romance of the medieval city, reliving the scenes from Romeo and Juliet while wandering around through the cobbled streets and past ancient buildings. The impressive 2,000-year-old Roman arena is one of the best preserved Roman amphitheatres in the world and is currently home to the Verona Opera, and the marble paved shopping street of Via Mazzini leads you to the stunning Piazza Delle Erbe. The handsome city mixes its rich past and modern present with great style.

Price: from £43 per person

Departs: Tuesdays and Fridays


Please note that the price of excursions will vary depending on the resort you are staying in. We act at all times as a selling agent for the suppliers. All excursions require minimum numbers to run and are subject to change. Some excursions may not be available to pre-book in low season but may be available to book locally subject to numbers. Prices will be confirmed at the time of booking. Please see our terms & conditions.

Resort Combination

Extend your stay in Italy and head up to the Dolomites where you can carry on enjoying spectacular walking and cycling trails. Or you could add on a couple of days in Verona or Venice and do some city sightseeing. 

Things To Do


There’s lots of varied trails in and around Maderno so you’ll find something to suit all abilities. Some of the woodland tracks around the town have amazing views over the lake and are well worth the effort. The hike up Montemaderno is a great one to do – you can stop for lunch up here and look around the historic centre. If you fancy getting back to nature, then head along Valle delle Cartiere. It’s only a few minutes from the centre of town and the path will take you through the valley past streams, bridges and ruins. Make a day of it by visiting the paper mill museum while you’re nearby.


We can’t resist cycling along the lake when we stay here. The first place we head to is the Valley of the Paper Mills – getting there is easy. Pedal along a nice, flat path and you can visit some lovely little villages that are nearby too. If you want a challenge, head to the mountains behind Maderno. There’s plenty of hair-raising trails to explore and you’ll get some fantastic views of the lake from up here.


This area has lots of history and beautiful gardens to explore. Head to the Roman Villa, Paper Mill Museum or the Cathedral, which dates back to the 12th century. The Ghirardi Botanical Gardens are a must-see. They’re over 10,000 square metres with an amazing amount of plants and flowers. It’s a really relaxing place to spend the day. Gardone Riviera is just along the lake and there’s more to explore here, like the famous Vittoriale House & Gardens and Heller Botanical Gardens. Make sure you’re back in Maderno on Thursday though for the weekly market. We love walking around it and soaking up the atmosphere.

Water based

Maderno has some of Lake Garda’s best beaches so a day by the water is a must. You can grab a lounger and chill on the sand or head into the water for a swim. There’s quite a few water sports here too so you can try a bit of snorkelling or even learn how to sail.

Good to know

  • Buy a day ferry pass to explore Italy’s largest lake by boat
  • Climb to the peak of Mt. Pizzocolo to be rewarded with breathtaking views over Lake Garda
  • Step back in time and visit the Paper Mill Valley. Visit the museum to discover its long history dating back to the 4th century and take a walk through the valley surrounded by nature
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