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The cable car ride takes you from Malcesine (90m above seal level) up to Monte Maldo (1760 m. above sea level). The cable car stops at S Michele (about 1500 m) for those wishing to hike, if you want to continue your trip to very top, just follow the crowd and get on the cable car that are continuing the trip. It is not confusing, it is quite obvious where to go.
The views are really breathtaking, and during the second part of the trip the cable car rotates 360 degrees on itself allowing everyone to enjoy the spectacular views.
Cable cars work all through the year, in winterime if it has snowed you can ski !
In summertime, or generally during school holidays, cable cars can be crowded and there is a little bit of a wait. Remember to bring along water, sun cream, sun glasses, hat and patience !
It is definetely worthy .
I did enbark on the cable car trip at the end of a full day, with two young kids, (2 and 6 y.o).
The 6 y.o. was a little dubious about wether he liked it or not, I think he was afraif of the height !
The 2 y.o. was a bit tired and moaning, he did not think much of it but was happy to have ice cream when we got onto Monte Baldo.
Departures are about every 30 minutes.
Please check what time is the last cable car from Monte Baldo to S michele and from S Michele to Malcesine, as times varies according to season, but from S. Michele to Malcesine is normally 18.45 during summertime, so youo need to leave Monte Baldo half an hoour before that.
Cable car staff are very helpful and will give you all the necessary information.
A complete round trip Malcesine-S Michele - Monte Baldo and return costed 19 Euros in Summer 2012 for an adult.
There are price reductions for children up to 1.40 m and children less than 1 m tall don't pay.
Howevere there can only be a buggy per cable car and the cost to carry it was Euros 3.50
One dog only per cable car. must wear a muzzle and be on a lead, ticket E 4.50
See the cable car web site for more detailed information :
Written Apr 20, 2013
Address: Malcesine (VR)
Phone: +39 045 7400206
The St. Stefano Church is Malcesine's main church. It lies just south of the center of town along the main north-south road. The current church was built in the 1700s, on the site of previous churches. The church is baroque in style, with some beautiful frescoes on its ceiling and numerous paintings and sculptures around its nave. It's not hug, so it doesn't take long to visit. On a hot, crowded day in Malcesine, it is a nice cool oasis of quiet.
Written Feb 18, 2012
The Scaligero Castle provides great views of Malcesine and its red rooftops. Because the town's streets are so narrow, it's hard to get a sense of the town's scale when you are walking through it. However, from the castle above the town, you get a much clearer picture. You also get a great view out across Lake Garda.
Updated Feb 17, 2012
Just uphill from the center of Malcesine is an aerial tramway that takes you up Mt. Baldo for great views of Lake Garda, the mountains that surround it, and Malcesine and the other towns along the lakeshore. Make sure to go early in the day before the clouds roll in and the line gets too long. If you go in the afternoon, the wait can be an hour or more in length.
Written Feb 17, 2012
The historic central section of Malcesine is a maze of narrow and hilly streets that are packed with diners and shoppers during the day and early evening. Cars are not allowed in the area, so it is a fun area to just wander around and explore on foot. We had fun exploring the shops and checking out the cafes. The town is pretty compact, so you can easily cover it an afternoon.
Written Feb 17, 2012
There is a convenient ferry service that runs between the major towns up and down the shores of Lake Garda. If you get bored with Malcesine, you can easily escape to a number of other towns to get some variety. We took the ferry to visit two of the towns on the northern half of the lake: Limone and Riva. Limone is named after its historic lemon groves, which dominated the town's economy for centuries. Riva is a larger town at the northern end of the lake, with a nice museum and more shopping than Malcesine or Limone.
The ferry dock is about a 15 minute walk north from the center of Malcesine. We bought our tickets at the ferry dock, and did not need advanced reservations.
Updated Feb 17, 2012
Malcesine's public beach lies just north of the town's signature castle. It is a pebble beach and is fairly small, but still provides what you need for a cool dip at the end of a long day of sightseeing. If you don't have beach chairs, there are some benches on the walkway right behind the beach.
About 10 meters offshore is a platform from which kids can jump into the water. Our daugter Anna had a lot of fun jumping off the platform and swimming around in the water next to it.
A highlight of our trips to the Malcesine beach was the day that a female swan and 6 of her cygnets (young swans) decided to visit the beach. They were an instant attraction, but people did a good job of keeping their distance and didn't scare them away.
Updated Feb 17, 2012
The Scaligero Castle looms over the historic center of Malcesine. It sits on a hill that juts up out of Malcesine, with the lakefront side of the castle sitting atop cliffs that fall straight down to the water. The castle, which was built in the 1200s, is fairly plain, but has some interesting exhibits housed in rooms within it. One room has an exhibit about Goethe and the time that he lived in Malcesine. Another part of the castle has a small natural history exhibit, which had some good information about Lake Garda. From the castle, you can get some good views of the town and the lake.
Updated Jan 21, 2012
Your admission price includes entrance to the museums located in the castle grounds.
With my ticket I was given a plan of the castle and booklets on 2 of the temporary exhibitions, one of which was the life size concrete African icons by Sunday Jack Akpan. I'd not heard of this sculptor before, but was quite impressed by his work. The exhibition here finished in October 2007.
The Museo Castello Scaligero is permanently housed in the Venetian Palace and has exhibits of Natural History from the Lake Garda and Mont Baldo region.
The museum is surprisingly larger than I'd anticipated. Many of the articles are identified in Italian, English and German. It was also more interesting than I'd expected!
I particularly enjoyed the ethnological section, with its objects that were used in day to day life for the people living and working in the mountain and lakeside villages.
Updated Jul 6, 2010
Address: Via Castello 1-37018 Malcesine
Phone: +39 045 6570333 TEL + FAX
A catabatic wind is one that comes from frozen parts on high and cascades down through channels to the lower areas. Such a wind occurs frequently here, tumbling down the valley and across the head of the lake at Riva.
Thus, as far as sailing is concerned, this is a favoured lake and it is rare when there aren't sailing boats afloat somewhere.
While we were there a regatta was taking place and I tried every day to get a decent shot but it was on the last day when I snapped this one. I thought it highlighted how wonderful the scenery was and how special a place this is to sail.
Written Dec 5, 2009
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