Malcesine, the medieval village on Lake Garda

Malcesine is a charming medieval village with just over three thousand inhabitants and is located on the eastern shore of Lake Garda. In addition to being a charming village full of history, ancient monuments and museums, loved by the great characters of art and literature of the past is also famous for its food and wine offer.

There are many sports activities that you can practice. In fact, in addition to hiking and cycling are sailing and windsurfing that have brought four athletes of Malcesine to the Olympic Games to witness how Lake Garda is an excellent sailing gym. 

The village is surrounded by a lush nature that you can meet as soon as you exit its alleys and its squares, and is the ideal place for sports enthusiasts, You can admire comfortably climbing to Monte Baldo by cable car.


What to do in Malcesine 

In this Venetian village on Lake Garda it is very pleasant to get lost inside the medieval village to immerse yourself in its atmosphere full of history and culture. Then, you can stroll through the picturesque streets, make wonderful excursions and admire the different museums in the area. 

Among the most interesting museums of the village there are certainly the Museum of Natural History in the Scaliger Castle and the Museum of Tourism. 

Not to be missed is the Castle of Malcesine, dating back to the sixth century, built to ensure that the Lombards could control the eastern shore of Garda.


Another symbol of the village, together with the Castle, is the Palazzo dei Capitani: it is a Venetian Gothic building that rises in the center of the small village, built on Roman ruins and with a park of palms all around. 

Today, the palace is the seat of the Town Hall and the municipal library: both, the Palazzo dei Capitani and the Castle, were declared National Monuments in 1902. 

Sports activities in Malcesine 

If Malcesine is perfect for a holiday discovering the history of the place and relaxing, thanks to the long walks on the shores of the lake, this does not mean that it is not the ideal destination for sports lovers. 

Here you can also practice various sports: winter skiing, fantastic excursions in the Brenzone Park on Garda, paragliding from Monte Baldo and windsurfing or sailing on the lake. In addition, there are several itineraries dedicated to jogging, trekking and reserved for bicycles.


Malcesine, a famous village 

Malcesine was a place dear to several prominent names in literature and art: in the past, the village was a must for all those who, starting from northern Europe, headed towards Italy. 

For example, Johann Wolfgang Goethe stopped in Malcesine at the beginning of his two-year trip to Italy, from 1786 to 1788. 

Then, at the beginning of the twentieth century, it was Franz Kafka to cross Lake Garda by boat to reach and explore the village. 

Also Gustav Klimt was a guest of the village in 1913, during the summer and fell in love so much with the wonderful landscapes offered by the town that he dedicated two canvases.


Typical products of Malcesine Italy 

Malcesine offers a lot of food and wine: the excellent dish of the area is the Polenta Carbonera, accompanied by local cheeses and the famous olive oil that is produced here. 

Garda olive oil is a typical product of the area of Malcesine where the presence of the olive tree dates back to Roman times. The oil produced here has a very fruity and light aroma, a sweet taste reminiscent of almonds and a low degree of acidity.


Just for the production of olive oil, possible thanks to the mild climate of the area, the eastern shore of Lake Garda is also known as Riviera degli Olivi.Tra other local products you can taste the lake fish, like trout, cod at the Gardesana and finish your meal with the delicious local grappa, famous in the world. 

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