Located on the northeastern shore of Italy’s largest lake, the medieval town of Malcesine, Lake Garda (pronounced mal-CHIZ-in-nay) has a striking location set between the Lake Garda and the mountain ridge of Monte Baldo.



The Malcesine Travel Summary is segmented into 2 key travel themes to immerse you into everything Malcesine:

  1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful town;
  2. What to See;

Hope you enjoy it!  Carpe Diem!

1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful town:

Malcesine is one of the the prettiest towns on Lake Garda, Malcesine is known for its iconic castle, ancient harbour, stone-paved streets and Monte Baldo cable car.  Malcesine’s pedestrianised cobbled streets lead up from the lakeside, past shops, cafés and shady squares to the 13th Century castle which towers above the lake on a sheer rock face.  The long promenade leads out from the resort’s southern end past shingle beaches to lovely Val di Sogno, an idyllic spot for lake bathing and watersports.


The old town centre is a web of steep cobbled streets filled with shops, with glimpses of old buildings, alleys and nature surrounding the town.  You can also get onto the Malcesine Monte Baldo Cableway which will sweep you up Mount Baldo.  The cable car has its rotating cabins and reaches an altitude of 1780 m – the views at the top are breathtaking.  Malcesine’s harbourside is the perfect place to linger over a glass of Italian beer or wine as you watch the world go by.


Climbing, cycling or taking the cable car up Monte Baldo is one of the most rewarding things to do in Malcesine. Standing at 1,760 metres between the River Adige and Lake Garda, the mountain is blessed with a variety of landscapes and is a natural oasis for many different plants and animals.   Owing to this habitat it is known by the locals as the  ‘Garden of Europe’.

2. What to See:

Scaliger Castle:

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Malcesine’s most striking feature is its historical castle, Castello Scaligero which dates back to 568 AD
  • Inside the castle you can visit several museums, which will help you learn more about Malcesine, and surrounding areas
  • The largest is devoted to Natural History of Monte Baldo and Lake Garda
  • The other museums that you can visit the castle are those dedicated to fishing, and the room Goethe, dedicated to one of the most historical figures who helped to make Malcesine famous in all the world
  • While you’re exploring the passageways and rooms, be sure to set aside some time to visit the remains of a prehistoric settlement just outside the castle walls. Today, it’s used as a 400-seater amphitheatre, putting on musical and theatre events during the summer month
  • Be sure to climb up the 31-metre-high Tower to be rewarded with a stunning view of Lake Garda


The Malcesine Cable Car:

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • For a spectacular view over Lake Garda take the fantastic Malcesine cable car, which rises to 1760m to the top of Monte Baldo in less than 10 minutes
  • The Malcesine cable car is unique experience owing to the upper section the cabin slowly rotating as it climbs the mountain offering a view of 360° and the sensation of flying
  • On a clear day you can see the whole of the lake, from Riva to Peschiera del Garda and beyond

Captains Palace:

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • This elegant Venetian style Palace is located right in the centre of Malcesine, very close to the harbour
  • From the towers and windows of the Castle you have a fantastic view of the Lake and the Monte Baldo range of mountains
  • Inside the Castle there is a wonderful Natural History museum which concentrates on the geography and flora and fauna of the Malcesine area. There is also a theatre that hosts concerts and other events


Explore the Old Town:

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Explore the beautiful cobbled streets of the old town which have some excellent independent shops, bars, cafes and restaurants
  • Malcesine boasts two wonderful squares – Piazza Turazza and the Piazza Cavour
  • Alternatively grab yourself a drink on one of the ring-side harbour bars and watch the flurry of tourists disembarking from the numerous ferries traversing Lake Garda



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