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MalcesineItaly

Wander amid the cobbled lanes and historic buildings of this pretty town. Climb up to the castle, dine in fine restaurants and relax on the shores of Lake Garda. 

Malcesine occupies one of Lake Garda’s most picturesque spots, with Monte Baldo looming behind and the lake stretching out in front. The popular vacation resort attracts those looking to relax during slow-paced sunny days. Sip coffee, enjoy rich gelato and bask in the sun along the lakeshore. Reserve some time to visit the impressive and unmistakable Scaliger Castle overlooking the town.

Located on the eastern side of Lake Garda, Malcesine is surrounded by pretty villages, towns and beaches. It has long attracted writers and artists who draw inspiration from the stunning vistas and fascinating history of the town. Amble through the medieval cobbled lanes and notice the historic architecture. Discover small stores selling leather handbags and shoes, locally made limoncello and artisan souvenirs. Dine in one of the many restaurants. For dessert, have the town’s famous gelato (ice cream).

Walk to the main harbor, where little boats bob on the waves and plenty of open-air cafés welcome visitors. Not far away is the old harbor Port Vecchio with even more places to eat. The 15th-century Palazzo dei Capitani is located here. It was once the headquarters of the region’s Venetian rulers.

The most important building in town is the Scaliger Castle. Make sure you see this grand fortification, as well as the Museo Castello Scaligero, a very thorough museum housed within. Its existence is testament to the town’s strategic importance throughout history.

Take the cable car up Monte Baldo for some of the best views of Lake Garda. If you’re looking to enjoy outdoor pursuits, participate in cycling, walking or paragliding.

The airports of Verona, Brescia and Bergamo are all within a short transfer from Malcesine. Take the train to Peschiera and then a bus to the town or rent a car and have the freedom to explore the surrounding areas at your own pace.

Top hotels in Malcesine

Internazionale
Internazionale
3 out of 5
Via Sottodossi 11, Malcesine, VR
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Situated near the beach, this hotel is steps away from Consorzio Olivicoltori di Malcesine and Malcesine-Monte Baldo Cableway. Castello Scaligeri and Posterna ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (47 reviews)
Stunning views frm room, breakfast room, bar, pool

"The lake views from the room and our balcony were glorious as are the views from the breakfast room, bar and pool area. Hotel is dated and typical for a 3-star in Italy but the bathroom was new which was important for us as it was very clean. The mini-fridge was really useful and the air con was ..."…"

Reviewed on 21 Sep 2019

Internazionale
Hotel Castello Lake Front
Hotel Castello Lake Front
4 out of 5
Via Paina 21, Malcesine
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Located in the heart of Malcesine, this beach hotel is steps away from Consorzio Olivicoltori di Malcesine and Castello Scaligeri. Malcesine-Monte Baldo Cableway ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (85 reviews)
Good hotel on Semi private beach

"Good hotel, in a private beach. The service is great, the restaurant offers good snacks and drinks. The only problem was that our room was extreme noisy which disrupted our sleep, you could hear everything in the adjoining rooms the hallway etc, and room service came really early to make up the room. ..."…"

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2020

Hotel Castello Lake Front
Wellness Hotel Casa Barca (Adult Only)
Wellness Hotel Casa Barca (Adult Only)
4 out of 5
Via Panoramica 15, Malcesine, VR
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Situated on the waterfront, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Palazzo dei Capitani and Consorzio Olivicoltori di Malcesine. Castello Scaligeri and ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (55 reviews)
Relaxing stay at a comfortable hotel

"The staff were so friendly and courteous. Tremendously welcoming from the moment we arrived. The hotel room was well appointed - a sauna in the room! The gym had everything it needed. The spa was very relaxing and clean. The breakfast was excellent and had plant-based alternatives. Only a short walk ..."…"

Reviewed on 6 Nov 2019

Wellness Hotel Casa Barca (Adult Only)
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Top Holiday Rentals in Malcesine

Residence Kormorano
Residence Kormorano
Località Bassinel 6, Malcesine

This family-friendly Malcesine apartment building is located near the beach, within a 15-minute walk of Parco Alto Garda Bresciano and Castello Scaligeri. San ...

Residence Kormorano
 Apartments - "The Periwinkle" - Terrace - Garden - Solarium lake view
Apartments - "The Periwinkle" - Terrace - Garden - Solarium lake view
Malcesine, Veneto

Nestled on the beach, this Malcesine apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Malcesine-Monte Baldo Cableway and Consorzio Olivicoltori di Malcesine. ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (25 reviews)
Great Location

"Great apartment in a great location. Clean & spacious with a lake view and beautiful back yard full of olive trees. Enjoyed our stay."…"

Reviewed on 21 Oct 2018

Apartments - "The Periwinkle" - Terrace - Garden - Solarium lake view
Apartment Candor With Pool
Apartment Candor With Pool
Località Prè 15, Malcesine

Situated on a lake, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Palazzo dei Capitani, Consorzio Olivicoltori di Malcesine and Castello Scaligeri. Posterna ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)

"Enjoyed our time at the apartment it was clean, modern and well equipped. There were also a lot of stairs to climb and this is not the best for somebody over 60 and mobility issues The apartment block could benefit from a lift. The couch L unit in the living room was not very comfortable, it needs ..."…"

Reviewed on 7 Oct 2019

Apartment Candor With Pool
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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