Malcesine Italy

Malcesine, Italy

Malcesine is the main settlement along the narrow strip of flatter land on the eastern shore of Lake Garda running south from Riva del Garda through Torbole to Garda itself.

With its historic old town crowned by the Castello Scaligero it is one of the most attractive settlements on the entire Garda lake shoreline and has attracted writers and artists through the centuries who come to admire the panoramic lake views.

The medieval town with its cobbled streets is not just a historic location however. It is one of the centres for sailing and windsurfing on Lake Garda and the Monte Baldo cable car offers a stunning lake view from the top station, with descents on foot or via mountain bike.

Those who are looking for something a little less strenuous can try some of the local hikes to nearby areas like the Val di Sogno which combine trails through the olive groves with the possibility for a paddle in the lake on the walk back to Malcesine.

What to see

Malcesine's Scaliger castle is a reminder of the strategic position of the small town and the battles that were fought over who controlled this important fortification on the traditional border between the Veneto and Trentino. The castle is named for the della Scala family from Verona who ruled the medieval town.

The harbour at Malcesine
The Palazzo del Capitani and Castello Scaligero in Malcesine

The Palazzo dei Capitani ('Captain's Palace') is another building built by the family and later remodelled over the centuries. It once housed the Captain of the Lake, who was responsible for law and order and stamping out smuggling. It is now a National Monument open to visitors. The garden on the lake side of the building was where the captain's boat was once moored.

Those intrigued by the politics and history of days gone by on Lake Garda might like to make a day excursion out to the cities of Verona and Venice. More information:
linkInformation about Malcesine History
linkThings to do on Monte Baldo
linkSome Malcesine Photos

Where to stay

Malcesine is popular with holiday makers who are looking for a relaxing time on the lake shore and with sports enthusiasts who are aiming to take advantage of the lake or Monte Baldo behind the town. All are catered for with a wide range of hotel and apartment accommodation in the town or along the coastal road, as well as numerous campsites nestled in olive groves near the beaches and surfing schools. More information:
linkMalcesine Hotel Accommodation
linkCamping near Malcesine

How to get there

Malcesine can be reached from the north or south and both have their own advantages depending on where a visitor is coming from in northern Italy. Our map and advice about the easiest ways to get there on our travel page should give you some ideas about what's best for you:
linkMalcesine Travel

The harbour at Malcesine
The picturesque harbour at Malcesine

We hope you find this website useful and look forward to hearing your comments about the site and the town. We especially welcome any views about the resort from those who have stayed there.
linkContact Malcesine Italy

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