Malcesine activities

The most popular visitor attractions, places to see & things to do in & near Malcesine Italy.

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Things to do & see in Malcesine

If you’re looking for things to do on the lake or mountains, look no further! With its cable car providing access to the summit of Monte Baldo, this is one of the best places for extreme sports like mountain biking, hiking and paragliding. Water sports are hard to beat here too; this is said to be the best place to kite surf as well as being ideal if you’re learning to sail or windsurf as it’s slightly more sheltered than the northern resorts.

Malcesine’s historical attractions include the Scaliger castle (you can’t miss it) and the Palace of the Captains and other towns including Limone, Bardolino and Salò are within easy reach via the ferry. While your days can easily be filled with activities and sightseeing, make sure to spend some time soaking up the sights and sounds from the lakeside and around the historical town centre – getting lost in the maze of narrow streets and discovering some fantastic shops, restaurants and gelaterias.


Malcesine Walking & Hiking: It doesn’t get much better for hikers than Malcesine, with the cable car whisking you on a scenic trip up spectacular Monte Baldo. Head to the mountain peak for the long descent back to the town, enjoying steep tracks, flora, fauna and ridiculously good views along the way. The Gardesana Orientale Nature reserve is well worth exploring and a great place to stop off for a picnic. For less of a hike, hop off the cable car at San Michele and walk down through some gorgeous flowery meadows or walk from Malcesine up to San Michele and take the cable car down.


Malcesine Cycling & Mountain Biking: Malcesine’s cable car takes you (and your bike) all the way up Monte Baldo in only ten minutes, making it no surprise that it’s thought to be the best place to stay for mountain biking. Here you’ll find over 40k of paths, tracks and roads including sharp gradients and rocky trails. The most challenging terrain can be found towards Nago, with rocky switchback turns, narrow tracks and some fantastic gradients on Monte Altissimo. For gentler rides, get off the cable car halfway at S. Michele or cycle the promenade to Val di Sogno (where you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the lake on hot summer days).


Malcesine Water sports & Lake Activities: With regular morning and afternoon winds throughout the year, this is one of the best places on Lake Garda for windsurfing and sailing – so much so that it’s the official training site for the Olympic team. The sheltering bays are especially good if you’re a beginner because the wind is slightly less intense than in Torbole and Riva. There are various sailing and windsurfing schools in the area where you can learn for the first time or develop technique. Sail/surf in the morning for strong winds and later on in the day for warmer winds. This is also the place to stay for kite-surfing and there are various dive sites for scuba diving in the area.

Malcesine Attractions

Scaligero Castle

Scaligero castle is a magnificent building that is especially popular with tourists interested in the history of the town’s battles. You will feel you have stepped back in time when you enter the castle, where you can discover the history of the building and the Malcesine area.

St. Stefano Church

This is one of Malcesine’s largest churches and is an example of beautiful Veronese Romanesque architecture. The church was built in the 19th century and is home to some beautiful and valuable paintings by 17th century Veronese artist, Marcantonio Bassetti.

Palazzo dei Capitani del Lago

The Palace of the Captainswas built by the Della Scala at the turn of the 14th century. It is a spectacular setting with a beautiful structure which makes it well worth a visit – you’ll get some impressive holiday snaps!

Monte Baldo

You can get a cable car to the summit of the mountain and enjoy the breath-taking views on your way up. From the summit of the mountain you can experience unspoilt, panoramic views of the Lake and the surrounding area, a truly amazing experience.

Weekly Market

Each Saturday morning, Piazza Statuo has a charming marketing. With numerous stalls you will be mesmerised by the colours and the smells of the traditional Italian market. Here you can buy fresh food, including delicious cheeses and gourmet meat, alongside traditional Italian clothing and toys.

Gardesana Orientale Nature Reserve

Gardesana Ortientale Nature Reserve on Monte Baldo is a protected part of Italian country side. This tranquil location is a great day out, take a picnic and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings!

Botanical Garden of Novezzina

This beautiful garden is located 1232 meters altitude on Monte Baldo where you can enjoy a wandering round the spectacular setting. This is a great place to go on a warm day to relax and spend time with friends and family.

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