The lakeshore of Malcesine
Favorite thing: The town of Malcesine was built on the rocks and most of the houses are situated on the immediate lakeshore. It gives aspect as being on the boat which drives around the lake. The commune of Malcesine consists of Navene, Campagnola, Val di Sogno and Cassone and is streches along the Via Gardesana Orientale (strada statale nr. 249). The place is reachable by the road or from the water front of the lake. There is a regular boat line, along the eastern side of the lake, which stops in the each small town on the lake, Malcesine including. Besides, there is also express hydrofoils line.
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The beach resorts
Favorite thing: Although the beach resorts around Malcesine aren't so big as in Sirmione, Desenzano or Bardolino, the lake-water on the eastern side of the lake looks more clear and much more attractive. It is also pretty windy area and therefore very interesting for surfing and sailing activities. Navene is situated in the immediate vicinity of Malcesine and the picture you see was taken from the top of Castello Scaligero.
Favorite thing: It is hard to imagine that such an green mountain could be covered by the snow and yet it is so during winter season. Monte Baldo is connected with Malcesine by a funicular, offering spectacular view at the Lake Garda. It is also an attractive ski resorts during winter season although most of "profi" skiers wont like it too much.
Monte Baldo rises behind Malcesine to 2218 meters high but the funicular will take passengers to 1750 meters above the level. The highest point is reachable only by foot.
Favorite thing: I've now been through the place a couple of times but this occasion we stopped for a cuppa at a delightful little bakery on the eastern side of the main road, just down from the main carpark.
It's a nice little town but somehow doesn't have the ambience of Malcesine and the view, though very good, isn't quite as dramatic.
Fondest memory: We trolled down there and had it all to ourselves. There's no view but let that not detract from your enjoyment. The atmosphere was delightful as was the service and we spent some time walking the streets afterwards, as the photos show.
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Lago di Malveno
Favorite thing: It matters not which direction you travel from Malcesine, you'll be enchanted by the scenery.
Fondest memory: We pushed on, taking a side trip to Lago di Calvedine which was nice but, I'd been in the area before and I assured Rosemarie that there was better ahead.
And so it transpired. Lago di Malveno was straight out of a photographic book. How could you not take a wonderful shot?
Might I humbly submit my effort. Hope you enjoy.
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- Road Trip
Favorite thing: I hope no-one ever expects me turn up during "the season". No, I'm not into crowds, discos and decadence.
Fondest memory: You'll more likely find me there in early spring or autumn. Less crowds, no heat and the scenery goes from stunning to epic.
Thus it was that we went for a drive north and west of Malcesine. I had spotted some colour in the vines on the way in from Rovereto and it was like a magnet.
So the next day we headed out. The weather was, dare I say, picture perfect.
I could blab on, but I'll let the pictures do the talking.
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Favorite thing: The second most important building in Malcesine is the fifteenth-century Palazzo dei Capitani, close to the harbour. This was the headquarters of the Venetian rulers of the area, the Capitani del Lago. It's grander than the town's other modest historical buildings, and although at the time of writing the building is closed for restoration, you can still wander through the entrance hallway and out to a very pretty lakeside garden. A lion of St. Mark painted on the wall is a fading reminder of the area's Venetian overlords.
Fondest memory: To the south of town a pleasant lakeside promenade meanders past hotels, cafes and potential bathing spots to a little headland which boasts a couple of 'beach' establishments without real beach but with neat waterside lawns where you can hire a sunbed and parasol and relax with splendid lake views. There are plenty more bathing opportunities on the other side of town, where tiny pebbly beaches fill up with swimmers and sunbathers in the summer.
The main road around Lake Garda can make strolling along an unpleasant ordeal; however in Malcesine this isn't a problem as there is a path for cyclists and pedestrians running between the road and lake for some distance in either direction. If the sun isn't too hot, explorers can continue to the south past the picturesque 'sunbathing headland' as far as Cassone, a pretty little village which claims to have the world's shortest river. It also has a pretty, tiny harbour and a waterfront cafe-restaurant. The walk between Malcesine and Cassone, which takes around an hour, passes through the romantically-named Val di Sogno (Valley of Dreams), a scattered collection of villas and hotels, with a watersports station and plenty of peace for sunbathers. Look out for the grand villa on the green headland with gardens you can glimpse and even a little private cablecar. The walk passes two of Lake Garda's five islands: Isola dell'Olivo and Isola del Sogno.
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Favorite thing: You will have to search and find this place because it is hidden, the entrance looks as a door to a residence building and if it is closed you can not tell that it is permitted to enter. The door leads to a small tunnel underneath a building and to a small garden with palms and with a small opening to the lake .. you can even put your feet in the water to cool down - check the pictures.
Favorite thing: Malcesine has another ace down the sleeve and that is a nice castle up on a rock (really). Seems that this castle was built by the Scaglieri family from Verona, same family that built the castle in Sirmione, south of the same Garda Lake. Do visit the castle as it has to show some nice views of the lake.
Favorite thing: This was a nice souvenir shop, selling not the usual junk made in china but authentic forged iron things, nice useful things like flower vase holder, wine bottles holder, all kinds of supports and many other things you will find nice.
Favorite thing: The streets of Malcesine are carefully restored using a two colour paved stones, gentle to walk on, winding and getting you around and up to the castle. Just take two hours and walk the routes, it is very peaceful and nice in Malcesine really.
Ducks on the lake
Favorite thing: Yes, another favourite thing, you know I like animals, cats and ducks :) So it is nice to see colorful ducks on the lake - they know what they know because they stay around the restaurants on the pier so there have to be some leftovers taken by the wind or even thrown by the people.
Favorite thing: Coming from the parking lot to the lake you will reach the small marina, where the boats awaits for tourists to take the tours on the lake. A tour on the lake is mostly recommended so check out the prices, ask around and choose a boat to take you on. Or if you don't want or don't have time, just sit around and explore.
Favorite thing: My favourite thing about Malcesine is taking lunch on the lake shore, on one of the restaurant terraces on the piers on the lake shore. Find the small marina and then check out the restaurants, check the prices - but it is not such a problem with prices than in other places, I found there are very good prices in Malcesine.
Rooftops of Malcesine
Favorite thing: Malcesine is situated in the northern part of Lago di Garda, which still belongs to the Veneto Region. The whole place is dominated by the Castello Caligero, which is situated on the top of the cliff right above the lakeshore.
This picture, which shows the rooftops of Malcesine, was taken from the Castle from where you have a magnificent view of Lago di Garda.
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