The Monaci family, a bit of history



The discovery of this spectacular “paesaggio lacustre” (lake scenery) for Mamma Elena and Papa Adriano goes back to 1968 and without any doubts, they move from their mountain village in the Val Brembana (BG) to Malcesine and quickly settle into a new life with lots of good will and determination. 1977 is the beginning of their wonderful experience of running the Hotel Gardesana situated in the centre of Malcesine. Whilst Mamma looks after the foreign guests with great joy, Papa Adriano takes the cable car and runs the Italian Ski School with enormous passion. The following years they bring up their children, Osvaldo, Carolina and Pietro with great love, the whole of the family collaborate in running the hotel.


The Monaci Family inaugurate their new activity, Gardesana Active Apartments where the children, even more determined and full of energy, welcome their guests in a contest of 360° including passion, sport and lots of entertainment… which Malcesine has the good fortune to offer.


Hi everyone, my name is Pietro, brother of Carolina and Osvaldo. I am a ski instructor on Monte Baldo and a mountain bike guide. In my free time I like ride my loyal motorcycle, go sup, freeride and road bike. I manage the "ACTIVE BIKE STORE" shop and I am the reference point for recommend a nice trip to do between lake and mountain by mountain bike. My motto is... BE ACTIVE!

Pietro Monaci


Buongiorno, I am Pietro's twin sister and the apartment manager: I will be present at check-in and during your stay for any information you need. Our father and our older brother Osvaldo passed the passion of the mountain. I am a Nordic Walking instructor but also love running. Sport is part of my life. The luck of living in Malcesine allows me to practice them every month of the year, from the lake to the mountains. Contact with nature helps me to feel good and appreciate the simplicity of life. In 2014 I became an ultra-desert marathon runner challenging for the first time the largest desert in the world, the Sahara. In 2017 I traveled the Namibia desert and in late September 2018 I challenged the Lut desert in Iran, the hottest in the world. I am the mother of Federico and Alessio: I passed to them the passion for travel and outdoor sports. In December 2019 my first book was released "My deserts" (only in Italian) where I tell the path of life coming to challenge the great Giant, the Desert. Mamma Elena sent me the passion for work, the attention to details and a lot of determination.

Carolina Monaci
Carolina Monaci