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    Palazzo dei Capitani del Lago and its garden.

    by Maurizioago Updated Jul 29, 2015

    This palace was the headquarters of the Venetian rulers of the area; the Capitani del Lago. It was built between XIII and XIV centuries on the site of a Roman construction. It was rebuilt in the XV century after a earthquake or a fire. It seems it was already completed in 1477. Here you can admire a large fresco on the ceiling of the entrance hall. It is a painting of a winged lion of Saint Mark with its paw on an open book and other pictures. Outside the palace there is a nice garden facing the lake. I have seen there is a outdoor cafe - restaurant opened in the warm months; at one corner of the garden.

    The fresco on the entrance hall. Part of the fresco on the entrance hall.
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    Explore the castle.

    by Maurizioago Updated Jul 15, 2015

    The castle was probably built by the Longobards around 500 A. C. on a previous fortification. In 590 it was destroyed by the Franks. They rebuilt it in 806. It was occupied by the della Scala family from 1277 to 1378. Later the Visconti from Milan and the Republic of Venice hold it. Then it was in the hands of the French and the Austrians. During the period of Austrian rule, which ended in 1866, major renovation work took place inside the castle.

    Today the castle contains a museum of natural history of Lake Garda and Monte Baldo. One room in the Austrian powder room is dedicated to Goethe and his visit to the town in 1786. Here you can see several pictures of his drawings and notes.

    The castle has also a tower. You can climb it to its top and enjoy a beautiful landscape over the town.

    Part of the castle is used for various entertainments and for temporary exibitions.

    A small balcony over the lake.
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    Take the cable car up Monte Baldo

    by vichatherly Updated Jan 16, 2015

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    Taking the cable car from Malcesine is a great way to see the view from the top of Monte Baldo.

    Actually you have to take two cars, as you have to change halfway up. The second car has the neat trick of rotating around 360 degrees giving everybody a spectacular view. Mountain bikes have their own car times, 15 and 45 in the hour, and 00 and 30 for foot passengers.

    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.

    Malcesine from Monte Baldo Cable Car Station, Malcesine Cable Car, Malcesine Lake Garda from Monte Baldo The path down from Monte Baldo
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    Church of Santo Stefano

    by vichatherly Updated Nov 19, 2014

    We took a short walk around the church of St Stephen, who it turns out is the patron saint of Malcesine. The current baroque church building dates from the 18th century and houses the remains of two local saints, St Benigno and St Caro, who were thought to have lived in a cave at the foot of Monte Baldo.

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    A Day At The Lakeside

    by vichatherly Updated Nov 6, 2014

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    We had a lovely day at the lakeside public beach. The quiet lapping of the water was just what we needed.

    It's worth remembering that it's a freshwater lake and so expect to see unexpected beach guests ... ducks

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    Take An Evening Sail Across to Limone

    by vichatherly Written Nov 2, 2014

    We took a romantic evening boat ride across Lake Garda to Limone. Our vessel was the Siora Veronica, the oldest sailboat on the lake. You get some great sunsets.

    Siora Veronica Sunset on Lake Garda Malcesine Harbour
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    Palazzo dei Capitani del Lago

    by croisbeauty Updated Sep 15, 2014

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    Palazzo dei Capitani del Lago was the seat of the Lake Captains in the time when Lago di Garda was under the rule of Venetian Republic. This elegant palace was constructed between the 13th and 14th century by the noble Scala Family from Verona, on the site of an Roman palace. The original construction was destroyed in a big fire and then completely reconstructed in the 15th century in the Venetian style.
    In the 17th century the building was purchased by the city of Verona for use as a residence of the official called Capitano del Lago. The Capitano was the head of the Gardesana dell'Acqua, a regional autonomous territory under Venetian rule.

    Palazzo dei Capitani del Lago
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    Palazzo dei Capitani del Lago

    by croisbeauty Updated Sep 15, 2014

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    Salla delle Sedute (the reunions hall) is the most significant room in Palazzo dei Capitani del Lago. It was the place where the reunions of the Lake Captains were organized. The room is beautifully decorated with frescoes which dates from the 15th century.
    Since 1897 the palace is property of the commune of Malcesine, and today it is used for exhibitions and important events in the city.

    Salla delle Sedute
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    The Museum

    by croisbeauty Updated Sep 15, 2014

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    During Austrian rule the castle served for a military purpose and was home of a military garrison. The munition store was constructed, right next to the castle walls, which today houses a small museum.
    In 1786 Goethe visited Malcesine and was questioned by the local police on suspicion of being an Austrian spy, after drawing sketches of the castle. One room in a small museum is dedicated to Goethe and his visit to Malcesine.

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    Castello Scaligero

    by croisbeauty Updated Sep 15, 2014

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    Batween the 5th and the 6tg century, Langobards built a castle on the rock, where the Castello Scaligero stands today. In 1277 the castle fell to Alberto della Scala and although the rule of della Scala Family ended in 1387 the castle still bears their name.
    Castello Scaligero is the landmark of Malcesine. Its well preserved fortification is from the 13th century, while the tower in white stone is older, dating to medieval period. During Austrian rule, which ended in 1866, the castle was turned into a military garrison.
    The castle is a must see when visiting Malcesine, it has a perfect position, overlooking the water front of the Lake Garda, and offering the spectacular view of the lake and its places around.

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  • Paragliding Tandemsprung Gardasee Monte Baldo

    by Fritz65 Written Sep 23, 2013

    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!

    flying over limone towards malcesine flying over malcesine flying from montebaldo to limone
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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

    Spectacular view The cable car itself Contemplating the height Once you get there..
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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.

    A view of the church from the town below
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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.

    The tramway's base station is in the foreground
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