Malcesine Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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    MAlcesine arriving from south
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    What a view
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Malcesine Things to Do

  • Paragliding Tandemsprung Gardasee Monte...

    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...

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  • Take the cable car up Monte Baldo

    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...

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  • Malcesine Cable car

    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...

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  • St. Stefano Church

    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...

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  • View of the town from the castle

    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

    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...

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  • Explore the narrow streets of Malcesine

    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...

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  • Take the Ferry to Lake Garda's Other...

    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...

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  • The Public Beach

    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...

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  • The Scaligero Castle

    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...

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  • Castello Scaligero - The Museums

    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...

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  • Catabatic favours

    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...

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  • Chiesa San Stefano

    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 CenturyThe facade you see today was reconstructed in the 18th Century (1729-1739) in a neoclassical -Baroque style. Impressive if you see it against...

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  • Around Malcesine

    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...

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  • Scaligeri - part two

    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...

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  • Scaligeri Castello

    Castillo Scaligero is situated on a rocky outcrop that looks over Lake Garda that offers splendid views over the lake.The castle is clearly signposted wherever you are in Malcesine,and is well worth a visit. However, do check times as it is not always open.Once you enter the courtyard to your left there's public rest rooms, a small gift shop and...

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  • A village by the lake

    Just being there is enough reason to visit. It's such a pleasant place I made sure to include it in my itinerary the third time I went to Italy.The feature of the place used to be the Scaligeri Castle, and it still is prominent but these days the town is growing and the castle is nestled in a side alley, but still sticks out when you approach the...

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  • Castello Scaligero -The Museums - Goethe...

    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe is probably this castles most famous visitor.During his life changing 2 year Italian Journey (1786-1788), Goethe was forced to land in Malcesine (In the 18th century, the roadway around the lake wasn't constructed, so Goethe left Tobole by sail rigged row boat.)At this time Malcesine was the frontier between the Austrian...

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Malcesine Hotels

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  • Hotel Castello

    We had a spacious room with modern bathroom overlooking the lake. Balcony, too! We will definitely...

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  • Hotel Ariston

    The Hotel Ariston is a small 22-room family-run hotel on a hill just above the center of Malcesine....

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  • Hotel Dolomiti

    A pleasant hotel run by a brother and sister. The rooms are comfortable with on-suite bathrooms....

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Malcesine Restaurants

  • Italian Ice Cream

    A daily intake of Italian ice cream was an important part of absorbing the local culture. I think that we went through most of the large sundae menu.

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  • Halfway up the Cable Car

    We stopped off here for a well earned lunch, halfway down our descent of Monte Baldo back down to Malcesine.The restaurant has spectacular views

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  • Malcesine's Beer Garden

    The Speck Stube is a large outdoor beer garden in the hills above Malcesine. It is very family friendly, with outdoor picnic tables and benches. The menu is very simple: speck (dried prosciutto), chicken and pork for entrees, and fries, sauerkraut, and cucumbers for sides. There is also strudel and ice cream for dessert. You can wash your meal down...

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  • Traditional Osteria

    I was hungry after wandering around Malcesine, and I wanted a salad (I'd had my fill of pizzas and pasta etc!), but I could only find Pizzerias or fast food. There was a strong smell of frying and burgers lingering in the air :-(I was about to give up - I had just over an hour until the ferry left for Brenzone- when I came across a small square...

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  • lovely romantic dinner

    My boyfriend and me have been staying in Malcesine for a week in may2008. We often passed by this small restaurant in the very heart of Malcesine, with it s wunderful quiet terrasses andcute romantic balcony-tables. Reading the large menu with it s resonable prices we decided not to have dinner at our hotel the last evening of our stay, but to...

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  • Excellent Spaghetti Vongole veraci

    Great atmosphere, especialy in the evening. The staff are wonderful especialy Muhammed the head waiter and Sergio the owner. The restaurant is situated on the lakeside with a wonderful view of Tremosine. Spaghetti Vongole(fresh clams), Spaghetti allo Scoglio(with seafood) and Fritto Misto.

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Malcesine Transportation

  • FAQ How do i go from Venice to...

    From a forum post i gave.When are you travelling? In Summer there is a bus (runs once a day) direct from Venice to Malcesine.Last year (2007) it was from june 11th to sept 28th (look here: for Venice - Riva del Garda line )If not, the best way is a train along the route Venice - Milan to Verona nearly every hour.Look here for trains timetableType...

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  • By ferry from Brenzone

    I couldn't visit Lake Garda and not travel on one of its ferry boats that criss cross the lakeside. I decided that I'd travel northwards to Malcesine. The ferries are also known as steamers, although they now are diesel powered I purchased my ticket from the shop near the jetty. A return ticket cost me 6 .60 euros (no intermediate stops allowed)...

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  • footpath to malcesine

    Dear Effeti,I found your photos of Malcesine very interesting. I had already looked at a map on the internet, but it is different seeing the real thing.I would love to go there but my car has blown a gasket and I have difficulties travelling at the moment. I had not thought of public transport, but I suppose it might be an option if it is not too...

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Malcesine Off The Beaten Path

  • More of the same

    It was blissful, eye candy was everywhere; I couldn't stop myself from taking pictures.We took a side trip to Castel di Drena but it was closed though it didn't stop me taking a wander around and, with the lovely panorama both sides it was well worth the effort.As you can see in pic three the roads were dramatic, exciting even.Built during the...

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  • Road to the heavens

    I looked across the lake. It was like a magnet. Sheer cliffs rising from the lake shore crested by villages perched in improbable positions above. I yearned to go there. The first visit I had not the time or the maps.The next time I made a beeline for it. I'm so glad I did. Just after coming through Limone from the north I turned up a small side...

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  • Rooftops of Malcesine

    Although there were some stunning views from the tower of Castello Scaligero of the Lake and mountains, I was fascinated by the rooftops of the houses below.A patchwork quilt of closely fitted buildings, each topped with an angular roof made of pantiles laid in rows of many different hues of beiges, terracotta and browns, stretched towards the...

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Malcesine Sports & Outdoors

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    by vichatherly Written Jun 16, 2013

    We were introduced to two guys, by our tour rep, who would take us a tandem parascending from the top of Monte Baldo.

    It was brilliant. We arranged to meet them at the bottom of the cable car and then, when at the top, we hooked up. Training consisted of simple instructions .. "start running when I say so".

    They were great guys, it was only afterwards, whilst we were relaxing with a drink, that we thought that it was maybe a little strange that we had put our trust in two guys who we had never met, didn't even remember their names. No forms were filled out and we paid in cash. We are trusting folks.

    Great fun though, and we'd do it again.

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Malcesine Favorites

  • The lakeshore of Malcesine

    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.....

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  • The beach resorts

    Although the beach around Malcesine isn't so big as in Sirmione, Desenzano or Bardolino, the lake-water here looks more clear and much more attractive. It is also pretty windy area and therefore very interesting for surfing and sailing activities.

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  • Monte Baldo

    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.

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  • shirleyq's Profile Photo
    Apr 17, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    We are an active retired couple looking to visit the Italian Lakes area and considering Malcesine as a base to explore the area. Is it possible to do this without a car? Bearing this in mind, I would also be interested in accommodation suggestions other than a hotel please. Many thanks

 
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