Malcesine Things to Do

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  • Paragliding Tandemsprung Gardasee Monte Baldo

    by Fritz65 Written Sep 23, 2013
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    We are a group of local professional paraglider tandem pilots , we can organize also group flights up to 10 passengers ( 10 gliders ) at the same time. Flying with the para glider as a passenger is the easiest and safest way to approach this beautiful sport. After stepping out of the cable car on top of the Montebaldo we walk 10 minutes to the takeoff area where the pilot will prepare you and will give all necessary infos to make an easy and safe start. After a few steps you will takeoff and glide through the air enjoying the stunning view and the beauty of this sport .During the flight you will be able to view the entire Gardalake and make also you own pictures with you camera. The flight time is at least 20 minutes ( 1700 m ). If you need more info don’t hesitate to contact us!

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    Take the cable car up Monte Baldo

    by vichatherly Updated Jun 16, 2013
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    Taking the cable car from Malcesine is a great way to see the view from the top of Monte Baldo.

    We went up twice. The first time we walked back down, which really killed us, and I stretched plenty of usually untested muscles. This meant both of us hobbling about for a few days, much to the gentle amusement of our hotel landlady as we struggled downstairs for breakfast.

    Our next descent of Monte Baldo was much more spectacular ... we did a tandem parascend down, with the help of two local experts. Just run at the edge and jumped off. It was certainly easier than the walk down.

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    Malcesine Cable car

    by Claudilla Written Apr 20, 2013

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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 :

    www.funiviedelbaldo.it

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    St. Stefano Church

    by mikelisaanna Written Feb 18, 2012

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    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.

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    View of the town from the castle

    by mikelisaanna Updated Feb 17, 2012

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    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.

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    Take a ride up Mt. Baldo

    by mikelisaanna Written Feb 17, 2012

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    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.

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    Explore the narrow streets of Malcesine

    by mikelisaanna Written Feb 17, 2012

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    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.

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    Take the Ferry to Lake Garda's Other Towns

    by mikelisaanna Updated Feb 17, 2012

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    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.

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    The Public Beach

    by mikelisaanna Updated Feb 17, 2012

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    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.

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    The Scaligero Castle

    by mikelisaanna Updated Jan 21, 2012

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    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.

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    Castello Scaligero - The Museums

    by suvanki Updated Jul 6, 2010

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    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.

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    Catabatic favours

    by iandsmith Written Dec 5, 2009

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    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.

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    Chiesa San Stefano

    by iandsmith Written Dec 5, 2009

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    This is the Church of Saint Stephen, patron Saint of Malcesine, and it was erected on the site of an ancient pagan temple dedicated to Isis.
    The church is mentioned in documents dating back to the 9th Century
    The facade you see today was reconstructed in the 18th Century (1729-1739) in a neoclassical -Baroque style.
    Impressive if you see it against its mountainous backdrop to the east, it has also got quite a bit to see in its cool and airy interior.
    It features the following:
    The altars of St Benigno and St Carlo (1769)
    Altar of Seven Joys - Sette Allegrezze- (1771)
    A 15th Century cibarium
    Paintings by Felice Boscarotti, Giuseppe Antonio Valentino and Girolamo dai Libris noted 'La Deposizione'
    Outside are some impressive stone figures, displayed in niches and pillars

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    Around Malcesine

    by iandsmith Updated Dec 5, 2009

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    Other sights include the pieve of St. Stephen (8th century), the church of Santa Maria di Navene (11th century)
    Behind Malcesine rises the 1750 m-high Monte Baldo. Its summit is reachable through funivia, or cable car.
    Malcesine is a hive of innocent hedonism in summer, packed with pottering holidaymakers gorging on ice cream and sunseekers draped along the lake shore. It's not all laziness, however, as the town's ferry connections to other lakeside resorts make it a good base for sightseeing and the cable-car running up to Monte Baldo is a magnet for cyclists, walkers and paragliders.
    Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy, and Malcesine lies towards the narrow and mountainous northern end, often compared to a fiord. The town is situated at the edge of the Veneto region, in the province of Verona. 'Malcesine' is a good exercise in Italian pronunciation: the name is pronounced approximately MalCHESinay.
    There are four principal tourist activities for visitors to Malcesine: wander the town's lanes; catch the boat to Riva, Limone or other lake resorts; take the cable-car up to the heights of Monte Baldo; eat ice creams. The town is a lovely place to stroll for an hour or so, with picturesque medieval lanes winding up the slope from the lake. There are pretty little squares, cafes and restaurants, gelaterie and shops selling handbags, shoes, limoncello and clothes. The main harbour is typical of Lake Garda: small, attractive, filled with boats and lined with cafes. A short distance away is the old port, the Porto Vecchio, a quieter spot with good lake views, curious sculptures and more restaurants.

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    Scaligeri - part two

    by iandsmith Written Dec 5, 2009

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    Sturdy yet dreamlike, with its 31 metre high pentagonal tower it dominates the north part of Malcesine and the surrounding area. Its background is served by the chromatic blue of the lake and green of the Monte Baldo mountains.
    The original building date is not documented and though it is believed to have taken place during the reign of the Longobards it has had many modifications, restorations and additions to the original edifice made over the centuries. The castle was destroyed by enemy armies and rebuilt with emphasis on the defensive position of the castle for the town. The name Scaligero has its roots in the name of the noble family Della Scala from Verona, who dominated the area in 1280 and whose name is also on the famous castle at Sirmione.
    The castle then fell into the Lands of the Venetian Republic who improved the defensive system on the lake front.
    Then came the French followed by the Austrians in 1780 who made important modifications to the entire structure, culminating in the castle we see before us today.
    Having strolled through the picturesque cobble stoned alleyways of the town you reach the entrance to the castle having passed through the gateway into a courtyard you see on your left the “Casermetta”. At one time the guardhouse this building is now home to the Natural History of Garda and Monte Baldo museum.
    Taking the stairway to the right you reach the “Polveriera” room, built by the Austrians and now called the “Sala Goethe”. Inside is a brief resume of the pictures and drawings that this great poet-artist dedicated to Lake Garda and Malcesine during his Italian journey.
    Crisscrossing the castle courtyard you will find a well and many walkways looking our from the castle walls. The next room is the “Residenza Scaligera” (the scaligera residence) which houses and interesting exhibition dedicated to the history of fishing on the lake. Under the paving two rooms have been discovered on the floor below, though their use remains unknown.
    Continuing up the stairs your reach the “Sala Congressi”, (Congress hall) which houses art exhibitions and the tower. Stair to the top of the tower pass through platforms which allow time to pause and rest before continuing the climb. The original tower was much longer than now. The fifth floor has six windows carved into the thick stone walls, which give a taste of the fantastic views from the top of the tower. Here you will also see a large bell manufactured in 1442 and positioned in 1909 by the town hall as a time piece striking the hour for the towns people.

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