Malcesine Italy

Malcesine, Italy

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

With its historic old town crowned by the Castello Scaligero it is one of the most attractive settlements on the whole lake and has attracted writers and artists through the centuries who come to admire the lovely setting.

The town 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.

What to see

Malcesine's Scaliger castle is a reminder of the strategic position of the 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 here in medieval times.

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 make 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 hotels and apartments 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 Hotels
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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