What to do in Malcesine

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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.

It has its unparalleled charm to thank for its views, among the most beautiful on the entire Lake, and its evident medieval origins, still palpable to those who visit it.

Malcesine’s geographical position and the steep slope on which it is built make it one of the most special locations on Lake Garda.

If you are wondering what to see in Malcesine, here are some tips:

Malcesine: what to see


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 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.

Today, the castle houses several art exhibitions as well as the Baldo Natural History Museum, with an unmissable room entirely dedicated to the famous scholar Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Thanks to its location, the castle, with its wonderful gardens, is one of the ideal places from which to admire the spectacle of Lake Garda.


In the centre of the town is the ancient Palazzo dei Capitani, seat of the town hall and the municipal library. The building is built in a Venetian Gothic style and is open to the public.


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, there is the Aril River, which, with a length of only 175 metres, holds the record for the shortest river in the world.


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 the winter the cable car will take skiers and winter sports enthusiasts to an authentic paradise.

And if you are curious about how organic mountain wines are produced, this tour with wine tasting on Monte Baldo is for you!

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.

Other things to see on Lake Garda:

Bardolino, a municipality on the Veronese shore of Lake Garda, is one of the towns on the lake that attracts the most visitors throughout the year.

Garda is also rich in history and tradition, as witnessed by the various buildings and places of interest that you should not miss during your visit.

A cradle of art and history that traces its origins back to the Bronze Age, this culturally rich town will offer you numerous treasures, all waiting to be discovered!

Starting right in the heart of the town and walking towards Arco Castle, you will pass picturesque historical buildings as you ascend through narrow cobbled alleys.

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