While wandering around the castle, I came across this open space, which was an open air theatre. It was quite surreal to find brightly coloured concrete painted figures in traditional African dress. Even stranger, a wedding party arrived to have photos taken. The bride was english as were most of the guests I think.
Apparently the castle is a popular place for weddings. I've since come across a web page for a company that arranges weddings at this venue and others around Lake Garda and the Verona region Weddings I think the ceremony took place in the Venetian Palace above the museum rooms.
Please see my Malcesine Castello Scaligero tip for info re phone numbers, webpage, address, opening times etc
When approaching the lake from north it is seen for the first time between Nago and Torbole and this is for most first time visitors the first authentic "Italian" impression, a landscape with hills with olive trees and a mediterranean vegetation and all this air and smells which are completing the impression of now really being in Italy, an impression the areas on Italian territory north of it in South Tirol never can give you, because it does not look Italian there at all, despite of Summer temperatures sometimes considerably higher than here at the lake. And when coming by car this way you should stop at this parking and leave the car for some minutes to become sure that you are now definitely arrived in real Italy.
Prezzemolo has built his house in a giant fantasy tree as tall as a six-storey building. Old and young alike can visit and admire the funny furnishings in his home; climb up to the panoramic terrace situated at the top of the tree's foliage, from where you can admire the whole Fantasy Kingdom. Prezzemolo's tree is a veritable place of cult for all children.
Entering the Arabic Square amidst the unmistakable odor of incense and spices, you'll see veiled women from the Middle East dancing just for you whilst the infamous and sly merchants of Alexandria organize the celebration in honor of the Sultan's arrival.
The space shuttle is under an extraterrestrial attack. The only way of salvation is to escape towards the top of the launching tower which is a good 40 meters high ready to launch oneself into space.
When you come to the top of the ramp and taste the free fall from 40m height is fantastic, although I felt my stomach in my throat hehehe ;)
Top Spin is the thrill of spinning inside a whirl non stop.
Top Spin is the thrill to stay suspended in the sky held up by nothing.
Be careful, take everything from the pockets because the stuff from pockets will be flying everywhere and we don't want anyone to get hurt, right?
Icarus is the thrill of spinning inside a whirl non stop.
Single "pods" are being spinned around and around and around until you get dizzy....heheh just kiddin'
This is actually the only attraction after which I saw people vomit, so if you have stomach problems don't take this ride ;)
Embark on a mysterious journey, dash into the high canyons and gloomy meanders of a world that is still uncharted. The abyss swallows you and only an alien life can come to your rescue!
This is a nice 3D adventure, although you have to listen a story before you enter, it lasts about 10min and it's on ITALIAN (I don't speak Italian so I was really bored). Oh yes, and you can enter only when the group of 300 people is formed.
Setting foot on to the black continent means instantly falling in love with Africa. Amongst the low trees and the big leaves the drums are obsessively being beaten in the Kingdom of Tunga, by a man who has decided to live his life in the depths of the forest defending his animal friends.
See the Tarzan fighting the crocodile, jaguars roaring, monkeys screaming, parrots laughing, tribes hiding in the jungle.... Beware, you never know when something will jump at you....
The saloon, the bank, the sheriff's office and the prison are all next to each other on the main road of Rio Bravo, a cowboy village where the sound of bullets often bang. Men in search of fortune arrive at the riverbanks near to the canyon of the mine where gold had been discovered.
You can taste how it is to be the Apache, or a cowboy, or you can be one of the immigrants searching for the "American dream".
Explore the city, taste the gold rush, take a ride in a gold train, take your chance to see the ghosts that haul long forgotten gold mines....
Lago di Garda is a perfect place for some mountainbiking action. Whether if you're a action junky and are looking for steep downhill tracks or if you're a "hobby" biker, you'll find lots of tracks for your style.
The best starting points for such tours are the towns Malcesine and Torbole!
The Fantasy Kingdom is for small children - it's very colourful, like being in an animation film. It offers various attractions such as the funny tree house in the middle, a friendly airplane-ride, a small animal farm, a nursery for feeding babies and changing nappies, etc. I think little kids must love it - at least I had a great time watching them :-).
At the other end of Torri del Benaco is the town's late mediaeval tower of Berengario. Originally conceived by the Scagliers as a watchtower it was later altered in 1551-52 and the clock appeared in 1561. This tower clock was the first of its kind in the region and was quite a pretige thing to have, ringing out the times of the day and so helpful to the local residents for setting the time each day. Note the clock face with italinate sundial (dividing day into 24 hours) has roman and arabic numerals and the remains of frescos. At sundown 24 strokes would ring out whilst 1 stroke signalled first hour of the night.
Val di Sogno – thanks to Francesco (Effeti) who passed on this tip to us – to park the car here (free parking too as most towns on the lake will charge for parking)
A pathway down to a promenade with cafes and bathing areas plus views onto lovely Malcesine.
The promenade walk from here to Malcesine is about 2.5km but we were stopped by a tempting café where we just sat and enjoyed the views and of course some chocolate cake :-)
The pebbly beach looked one of the better kind here and the water very clear. Chairs and parasols could be rented out if you wanted to be really lazy .....a few strategic inviting benches were available too!
This place is absolutely packed with tourists. Totally. The medieval castle of Sirmione and the surrounding areas are a nice visit, but did I mention that this place is packed with tourists? Absolutely and totally - if you're not into that sort of stuff try to avoid this place during the highest peak season.
This hotel is ideally located right on the lakeside, between the small mooring harbour and the ferry...more
Via Zanardelli, 3, 25080, Italy
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