For centuries the Valley of the Paper Mills was the beating heart of the Italian paper industry and still today it is a place of great charm and attraction for tourists and nature lovers.
The Paper Mill Valley is a unique place in the world where history and technology blend with the natural beauty of the places. In this valley, in fact, there are still the remains of seven paper mills dating back to between the 15th and 19th centuries, which make it one of the most important areas in Europe for the production of paper.
The tradition of papermaking in the Valley of the Paper Mills dates back at least to the 15th century, when the presence of luxuriant pine and fir forests on the slopes of Monte Pizzoccolo favored the development of a thriving industry linked to the manufacture of paper. Over the centuries the paper mills of the valley have evolved, passing from traditional forms such as the water mill to modern electrically powered paper mills.
Today the Valley of the Paper Mills is a very popular place for tourists who flock there to admire the natural beauty of the place and learn about the history of the paper industry.
The visit to the Valley of the Paper Mills starts from the Paper Museum in the Cartiera della Valle, a place where you can discover all the secrets of papermaking, from the early stages of cellulose processing to the finished product.
The Cartiera della Valle represents the historic and industrial heart of the valley. It is an ancient factory from the end of the 1400s which has been restored and has regained its ancient beauty and functionality.
Walking along the paths that wind through the heart of the valley, you come across other paper mills and water mills such as the Cartiera Roi and the Mulino della Valtènesi, which today represent rare examples of the industrial architecture of the past. The old factories, with their stone walls, arches and large wooden wheels, have been expertly restored and have been transformed into places of great charm, suitable for organizing events and cultural events.
It is in fact an area of great naturalistic beauty with its chestnut and fir woods, its clear and crystalline water springs and its proximity to Lake Garda with its beaches and crystalline waters. Along the paths that wind through the woods it is possible to encounter a large variety of animals including deer, wild boar, eagles and falcons that live in the area making it a perfect place for bird watching and naturalistic excursions.
the Valley of the Paper Mills is also a real treasure from a gastronomic point of view, the area is in fact known for its typical products such as extra virgin olive oil, wine, cheeses and meats, which represent the best of the culinary tradition of the region.
In summary, the valley of the Toscolano Maderno paper mill is a place of great charm and beauty that combines history and technology with nature and the beauty of the places. A place where time seems to have stopped and where it is possible to relive the history and tradition of an industry that has marked the history of Italy.
A visit to this valley is a must for anyone who wants to get to know our country and its hidden wonders.