Malcesine is a lovely small town on lake Garda. It has always been a destination and refuge for artists. For example, in the summer of 1913, the painter Klimt chose this beautiful city for his only trip abroad. Malcesine looks like a medieval village and, as many other towns on Lake Garda, its origins date back to Prehistory. In fact, scholars found the remaining’s of a pile-dwelling village. Curious about this town? Maybe are you considering visiting it during your next stay on Lake Garda? If so, continue reading for some ideas on what to do in Malcesine!
It is a small medieval town with a maze of narrow streets and squares. Once you step inside the center, you will be delightedly surprised by what you can find! It is full of charming tiny boutiques, artisan shops, rustic houses and beautiful views on the lake! All the streets lead towards the small harbor. Next to this, you can find the Palazzo dei Capitani del Lago, built between the 13th and 14th century by the Scaligeri, lords of Verona. It was then finished with a Venetian touch in the 15th century as they added their typical gothic style to this building.
What to do in Malcesine
A MUST while spending time in this town is to visit the Scaliger Castle. The most important and ancient part of this structure is the mastio or donjon, which is thirty meters high. Inside the castle you will also find a Museum of Natural History. It is interesting to note that Goethe was detained in the castle! Arrived in Malcesine, struck by the beauty of the castle, he cannot help but paint it. The inhabitants perceived this apparently harmless action as suspicious and reported him to the authorities. The latter then decided to arrest him, thinking he was an Austrian spy. However, luckily, this misunderstanding did not last long, and they quickly released him!
Just five kilometers from Malcesine, you can visit the village of Cassone. It is crossed by the river Aril, which is considered the shortest in Italy and among the shortest in the world. It is definitely worth going there!
What to do in Malcesine
There are many beaches in Malcesine and many opportunities to practice watersports like windsurf and sailing. For mountain lovers, Malcesine offers the possibility to climb mount Baldo with the cable car, one of the most innovative installations in the world. Thanks to its rotating cabins, it is able to show you a full view of Monte Baldo and of Lake Garda. In just a few minutes, it will take you up to an altitude of 1800 meters above sea level. There you will be able to make both easy and more difficult walks. Are you seeking for adrenaline? No worries, you can go back in a more dynamic way, by jumping down with a paraglide or hang-glide. For those passionate about cycling, Malcesine will surely satisfy their needs as there are many cycle paths of different kind of levels.
Moreover, Malcesine is well-known for its oil extravergine and its wine, which you can both taste in the various wine shops and oil mills.
Events in Malcesine
Do you need more ideas on what to do in Malcesine? Year after year, our beautiful lake village organizes many recurrent events and fairs. If you would like to discover the traditional food of Malcesine, we suggest you participate to ciottolando con gusto in September. It consists in the dislocation of the local restaurants and taverns in Malcesine’s streets.
Another gastronomical event is the festa del pesce e dell’olio in June, where you can taste typical recipes, whose protagonist is lake fish.
Every year, on July 24, there is the festa patronale di S. Anna, with fireworks and pyrotechnic shows.
Moreover, for music lovers, the municipality organises in august the Malcesine blues festival that boasts free live shows and concerts. It also gives the possibility to Italian buskers to perform in Malcesine’s streets.