Malcesine what to see

Malcesine, the northernmost municipality on the Veronese shore of Lake Garda, is one of the most popular destinations for visitors who flock to the lake in large numbers every year.
On the border with the Trentino Alto-Adige region, the town is an interesting area for windsurfers, but also for paragliders and hang-gliders thanks to its proximity to Monte Baldo.

Malcesine is embedded in a natural setting of flora characterised by olive trees, palm trees and oleanders. Its rocky conformation makes it unique compared to the other villages on Lake Garda, giving this area great elegance.

Curiosity: The first Italian windsurfing school was opened in Malcesine in 1976.


Malcesine in pills


• Castello Scaligero
• Funivia
• Palazzo dei Capitani

top beaches

• Baia di Val di Sogno
• Spiaggia di Posterna
• Spiaggia di Paina

weekly market

• Saturday

What to see in Malcesine

For its unparalleled charm, Malcesine has to thank its views, among the most beautiful of the entire Lake, and its evident medieval origin, still palpable to those who visit it.

Malcesine’s geographical position and its steep slope make it one of the most special locations on Lake Garda. If you are wondering what to see in Malcesine, here are some suggestions:


The historic centre of every town on the lake, large or small, is its beating heart, where history and art come to life, and that of Malcesine is certainly no exception.
A leisurely stroll through its delightful alleys, beautiful squares and ancient faces decorated with colourful flowers and the romantic little harbour will make you think you have stumbled into a dream.

Here you can shop in the many quaint shops and take a break in one of the many bars and restaurants where, we are sure, you will not resist the temptation to taste the local dishes.


Located in the heart of the village, the symbol of Malcesine is undoubtedly its majestic Scaliger Castle, declared a National Monument in 1902.

Thanks to its location, the castle of Malcesine is one of the ideal places from which to admire the spectacle of Lake Garda. Built in its original form in the middle of the first millennium, the Scaliger Castle of Malcesine underwent various transformations over the centuries.

In 1277 it became the dominion of the lords of Verona, the Della Scala family (this is why it is called Scaliger Castle, like many others found in other towns on the eastern shore of Lake Garda). Today, the Castle of Malcesine offers a fascinating experience to visitors.

Visiting it, you will discover romantic courtyards and elegantly furnished rooms as well as vantage points offering spectacular views of the lake and the town. Recently, a visit to the castle with augmented reality has also been introduced for a more immersive experience, which will captivate youngsters in particular on a journey back in time.


castello malcesine


In the centre of the town is the imposing Palazzo dei Capitani, built by the Scaligeri at the turn of the 13th and 14th centuries over Roman ruins. Today it houses the town hall and municipal library. The name refers to the so-called Capitani del Lago, magistrates of the confederation of the ten municipalities of the Riviera during the period of the Serenissima Republic of Venice. The building, like the one of the same name in Garda, is built in a Venetian Gothic style.


Fun fact: perhaps you would not expect to find the shortest river in the world right here! Well yes, in Malcesine, more precisely in the hamlet of Cassone, lies the Aril River, which with a length of only 175 metres, holds the record as the shortest river in the world.
fiume aril

Things to do in Malcesine

Malcesine Cable Car

This charming village can accommodate the needs of everyone, even those who love the mountains and snow.

Malcesine is in fact located on the slopes of Monte Baldo, an important mountain relief also known as the ‘Botanical Garden of Europe’ thanks to the rich variety of flora that can be encountered.

It is precisely from Malcesine that the cable car departs, linking the lake to the highest peaks of Mount Baldo, offering a crazy view.

In the summer season, many trekking and hiking enthusiasts enjoy the many paths on Mount Baldo, while in winter, the cable car accompanies skiing and winter sports enthusiasts to an authentic paradise.

funivia malcesine

The beaches of Malcesine

Malcesine offers some beautiful beaches along the shores of Lake Garda where you can sunbathe, take a dip in the crystal-clear waters, or try water activities such as windsurfing or sailing.

The most beautiful beaches in Malcesine are:

  • Campagnola beach: This Malcesine beach is located in the Campagnola location and is one of the largest free beaches.
  • Navene beach, a free pebble beach, close to bars, pizzerias and restaurants.
  • Paina beach, which can be easily reached on foot from the centre of Malcesine. Here there are also beach volleyball courts and a skate area.
  • Baia Val di Sogno: Past the hospital in Malcesine, you will find a small but charming bay. You will find a convenient parking area and also bars, pizzerias and restaurants nearby.
spiagge malcesine

Windsurfing Course

Malcesine, thanks to the favourable winds that blow in this northernmost area, where the lake narrows, is the home of windsurfing on Lake Garda.

Malcesine offers various possibilities to learn this discipline, with courses of all types, both for beginners and for those who are already experts and want to refine their technique.

surf malcesine

Excursion to Madonna dell’Accoglienza

For the sporty, as well as the less energetic, here is a good idea to admire Malcesine from above. It is a not too complicated route that will take you from the centre of Malcesine to the top of a hill where the statue of the Madonna dell’Accoglienza is located.

Malcesine and surroundings

Malcesine is the last town on the Veronese coast north of Lake Garda and lies between the municipality of Brenzone, also in the province of Verona, and the Trentino municipality of Nago-Torbole.

We recommend that you reach these neighbouring villages by car or bicycle without having to move too far. A few kilometres from Malcesine is the Varone Waterfall Park in Riva del Garda.

Alternatively, you could take a ferry to visit the villages in front of Malcesine such as Tremosine, Campione or Limone with its beautiful lemon houses overlooking the lake.

These are the main things to see in and around Malcesine; now all you have to do is pack a suitcase full of curiosity, appetite, desire to explore, and love of culture.

Malcesine Lago di Garda: FAQ

– by car
From the north: A22 motorway (Modena-Brennero), Rovereto Sud-Lago di Garda Nord exit.

From the south: A4 motorway – Milan, Venice Peschiera exit, follow signs for Lazise, Bardolino, Garda and finally Malcesine.

-by train
Lake Garda North: Stop, Rovereto (Tn) railway station – approx. 33 km from Malcesine

Lake Garda South: Stop, Peschiera del Garda or Verona Porta Nuova Railway Station.

Peschiera station is approx. 33 km from Malcesine. Verona railway station is approx. 64 km from Malcesine.

-by plane
The nearest airports to Malcesine are Brescia’s Gabriele D’Annunzio Airport, Verona’s Valerio Catullo Airport and Orio al Serio Airport (Bergamo). From your chosen airport, you can use public transport services or hire a car to reach Malcesine.

-By ferry
it is possible to reach Malcesine from other locations on the lake by ferry. Check timetables and fares with the Lake Garda shipping company.

Here is where to park your car in Malcesine:

  • Piazza Statuto: in the centre, near the port of Malcesine (Saturday morning closed for the market).
  • Campogrande car park: immediately behind the information office on the via Gardesana
  • Paina: in Loc. Paina, north of the Castle, near the beach
  • Ex Colonie Milano: immediately after the cable car station, in Via Navene Vecchia

If it rains during your holiday in Malcesine, we first recommend a visit to the Scaligero castle and the Baldo and Garda Natural History Museum.

An always good idea to stay indoors is to go shopping and discover the local boutiques, souvenir shops in the area of the historical centre of Malcesine.

We also suggest a visit to the wine cellars in the Bardolino area for a food and wine tour that is not afraid of the rain!

In and around Malcesine there are many activities to do with the whole family. Starting with a visit to Malcesine Castle: children will have fun exploring the ancient castle walls and climbing the tower. Try the recently introduced augmented reality visit. Another activity suitable for children is the Baldo cable car, where you can enjoy spectacular views as you ascend the mountain.

A few kilometres from Malcesine is the Varone Waterfall Park, in Riva del Garda to be precise. Here children can explore scenic paths, suspension bridges and admire a spectacular waterfall.

If your children are sporty, then we recommend a windsurfing course, as there are many sailing and windsurfing schools here. Or Jungle Adventure Park, a climbing and adventure park with courses suspended in the trees, located in San Zeno di Montagna in the lake hinterland.

Malcesine is renowned for several reasons, mainly for its iconic Scaliger Castle overlooking Lake Garda, its cable car to Monte Baldo and, thanks to favourable wind conditions, an ideal destination for windsurfers.

Malcesine is located in the Veneto region, in the province of Verona. Its location on the shores of Lake Garda makes it a popular tourist destination.

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