Olive tree groves and the majestic Mount Baldo ridge are to the east.
The dynamic and vigorous Lake Garda with its beaches is to the west. And the mountains are there, on the horizon.
In the middle, there’s a little hamlet, nestled between water and mountain, gathered around the Scaliger castle. The castle, with its high tower, overlooks the whole town from a rock spur.
Gustav Klimt, a Art Nouveau exponent from Vienna, painted both Malcesine and Cassone.
Goethe wrote about it on its “Italian Journey” and painted some drawings which are now housed in the Museo del Castello.
The old town centre is a net of steep cobbled streets filled with shops, with glimpses of old buildings, alleys and nature surrounding the town.
Walking towards the lake, the port, the old port and the Palazzo dei Capitani are definitely worth a visit.
Leaving the old town centre while walking on the lake front or on the cycle path, you’ll end up taking pictures of the town with the mountains and the lake: a picture postcard of the beautiful Malcesine which is always breathtaking.
If you need to relax, you can sunbathe in one of the many beaches where playing with a ball or diving in the fresh
The Scaliger Castle
The fortress of Malcesine dates back to the last centuries of the first millenium B.C. even if some other well-founded sources maintain that the first to build the castle were the Longobards around the half of the first millenium A.D.
The castle was destroyed by the Franks in 590 A.D. and then rebuilt. In 806 the building hosted king Pepin, who came to Malcesine to visit the Saints Benigno and Caro and, after the Hungarians invasions, it was included in the episcopal feud of Verona.
Monte Baldo cable car
Malcesine Mount Baldo cable car is open for 10 months a year and it brings you from Malcesine to Tratto Spino, on Mount Baldo at 1760 m of altitude, in just 15 minutes.
The cable car is quite renowned and appealing because in the second section the cabin rotates on itself while ascending, offering passengers a 360 degrees view. It’s a perspective otherwise inaccessible: you could see the lake, the hills and the mountains all at once.
The cable car comprises three stations.
The ground station
Getting married in Malcesine
Malcesine has specialized for many years in civil wedding ceremonies held in the prestigious Scaliger Castle.
There are two ceremony rooms available in the Castle: the Casermetta and the Labia Hall. Or, if you want to hold your ceremony outdoor, you can get married on a terrace (Rivellino) located under the tower with a breathtaking view over the lake, the mountains and the town of Malcesine.
Your ceremony can be personalized according to your tastes and enriched with music (a cd player is