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Malcesine holidays

An Italian lake and mountain destination through and through, Malcesine is situated in the middle of Lake Garda’s eastern shore at the foot of Monte Baldo. A busy little town surrounded by olive groves and flourishing pine forests, Malcesine offers lots of character and plenty to explore.

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At a glance: • Car free • Mountain landscape • Monte Baldo Cable car

Great for: • Scenery • Active Holidays • History

An Italian lake and mountain destination through and through, Malcesine is situated in the middle of Lake Garda’s eastern shore at the foot of Monte Baldo. A busy little town surrounded by olive groves and flourishing pine forests, Malcesine offers lots of character and plenty to explore.

Malcesine Guide

Once a quiet fishing village, this has grown into an active and beautiful resort – one of the most visited on Lake Garda. With sloping, cobbled streets, a traffic-free town centre and a lovely lakeside promenade, it offers shopping, cultural sights and culinary delights. In the evening, join locals down on the lakeside or in Piazza Vittorio Emmanuelle for favourite aperitivo Aperol Spritz. Remember to try the ice cream from the gelateria on Corso Garibaldi, whose adventurous flavours include Gorgonzola! Find more places to eat and drink on our Malcesine Restaurants and Bars pages.

A big selling point of holidays here is the cable car which can take you up Monte Baldo - Lake Garda’s highest mountain at 1760m - in around 10 minutes. Transport-wise, the area is served by a local bus and has excellent ferry services to towns including Limone, Riva and Desenzano.

Stats & FAQ

Where: Eastern shore, Lake Garda

Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Verona (VRN)60.4km, 1h10mins
Brescia (VBS)91.5km, 1h25mins
Milan Malpensa (MXP)220km, 2h30mins
Nearby towns: Torbole, Limone, Torri
City Excursions:Verona, Venice, Florence, Milan
Other excursions:Verona Opera, Lake Garda tour, The Dolomites, Wine Tour, Bolzano and Renon, Mantova and Parc Sigurta

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How do you pronounce Malcesine? “Mal-chez-nee”

Events & Activities

As well as cultural events, Malcesine hosts sports competitions including a marathon and regular music concerts take place in the castle. This is also one of the towns that compete in traditional Bisse regattas throughout the summer. You can read more about what’s on here.

In terms of activities, a trip up the mountain is definitely worth taking whether you’re seeking adrenaline-pumping descents or amazing panoramas (Baldo’s nicknamed the ‘Garden of Europe’ for a good reason – the flora and fauna is beautiful).

Besides high altitude mountain terrain for hiking and mountain biking, there are less challenging paths like the one to lovely Val di Songo and this is a top water sports destination if you’re looking for a week on the lake. Our Activities page has everything you need to know about what you can do and see during a holiday in Malcesine.

History & Culture

With history dating back to Etruscan and Roman settlement and the documented reverence of artists and literary figures like Goethe, this is a place knee deep in history and culture.

You can get a real feel of past times and traditions by soaking in the sights and sounds around the town centre but Malcesine’s most fascinating landmarks, worth taking time to appreciate, include the striking Castle and the Palace of the Captains. Both regularly host a variety of cultural events, shows and exhibitions including pieces by world-famous artists and you can learn all about the natural history of the local area in the castle museum.

One of the weekly highlights here is the market which is perfect if you want a taste of local life. You can find out more about the town in days gone by on our History page.

Best time to go

Best time to visit Malcesine

When is the best time to visit Malcesine?

Stretching along the lake with high altitude mountain terrain behind it, Malcesine usually has warm, breezy summers and tends to be nice and mild in the winter. To fully appreciate the area, the best times to spend a holiday are between May and October.

Malcesine’s refreshing winds are more than welcome in July and August which are the hottest months with temperature highs around the 30°C mark. Warm and sunny weather can be enjoyed either side in June and September while milder temperatures, well suited to active holidays, are usually seen in May and October.

May’s mild climate is ideal if you want to make the most of the mountain terrain – read more about what to expect in May here.

June has average temperature highs of around 27°C making this a perfect month for a summer lakes and mountains holiday. Click here if you want to know more about Malcesine in here.

Escape the summer heat in July by taking the cable car up Monte Baldo which has cooler temperatures higher up. For other good things to do at this time of year click here.

August is usually the hottest month and brings lots of visitors to Malcesine. Find out about climate and things to do here.

The heat has subsided a bit come September which makes this a lovely time to visit, read more about September in Malcesine here.

If you’d prefer to visit in a cooler and quieter month, October is fantastic. Climate information and ideas of things to do in October can be seen here.

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