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 water of lake Garda is also possible.
Not far from the downtown is the Malcesine Monte Baldo Cableway leading you on top of Mount Baldo with its rotating cabins, reaching an altitude of 1780 m in Tratto Spino.
If you are athletic, it may be interesting to know that the first paths start from the town itself.
Fraglia Vela Malcesine, with its national and international regattas, its world and european championships, is the the pride and joy of the town. Fraglia is a stop-over for the Olympic training of the best yachtsmen in the world as well as a training base for the Italian National Paralympic Team.