Located in a beautiful, sunny spot on the Toscolano River delta, the town of Toscolano Maderno is an important historical and economic center of the Riviera dei Limoni e dei Castelli. The two towns of Toscolano and Maderno, which date back to ancient Roman days, are home to industry, numerous stores and businesses, hotels, and restaurants. This area is where Italy’s first paper mills originated and that industry is still very active. The remains of ancient paper mills, one of which was recently turned into a museum, can be seen dotting the Valle delle Cartiere (Paper Mill Valley), one of the most interesting industrial archeology sites in Northern Italy. Both Maderno and Toscolano have several notable artistic sights, especially in their town squares with their ancient churches. This area is full of beautiful scenery and offers visitors several sports activities, including hiking, horseback riding, and golfing.