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Why Visit Malcesine?

Malcesine is a small town on the east shore of Lake Garda, in the region of Veneto. It is a picturesque tourist resort at the base of the mountains. This town boasts a picture-perfect port, cobbled streets, famous castle’s, palaces and a spotless beach.

When visiting Malcesine, why not take a trip up the beautiful mountains of lake garda by cable car. This brings visitors up to Monte Baldo, which stands at 1760m, and is a hotspot for snow sport activities during the winter. While holidaying at Malcesine, make sure to visit the town’s most famous tourist attraction, the stunning 18th century castle, ‘Castello Scagliero’.

This stunning resort has plenty of attractions to make it a perfect holiday destination for couples and family alike. Children will love going up to the mountains and touring Castello Scagliero. While couple’s will love Malcesine beach and the number of old Italian-style bars in the town.

The closest airport to Malcesine is Verona Airport. Flights from Dublin to Verona operate 4 days a week during the summer season, with the estimated flight time being 2 hours and 40 minutes. Your Malcesine holiday begins once you take a 1 hour and 30 minutes transfer.

Things to do in Malcesine


  • Take a day trip to the beautiful city of Verona and visit the house which inspired Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
  • Visit the 15th century Captain’s palace, a national monument and one of the most important attractions in Malcesine.
  • Learn about the rich history of Lake Garda at the Museum of the Lake.


There are many bars which become livelier during the summer season in Malcesine. If you’d like to dance the night away in a nightclub, we recommend visiting nearby Bardolino, the centre of nightlife in Lake Garda.

Dining Out

There are many restaurant’s in Malcesine serving authentic Italian Pizza, pasta and seafood dishes. There are also plenty of family friendly restaurants that cater to even the fussiest of eaters.

For Families

Families with children will love the Alpaca farm on Monte Baldo. Children can learn all about these beautiful animals and for a small fee they can even embark on a mini hike with the alpacas and a tour guide.


There are several small pebble beaches in Malcesine where visitors can sunbathe, or swim in the lake’s waters.


There are many shops dotted around that sell authentic Italian delicacies, souvenirs and antiques.

Medieval festival

There is an annual medieval festival held in Malcesine in late July. During this festival you will find a medieval trader’s market, various medieval games, events and musical performances taking place in the town.

Best Time to Go

The summer season is the best time to visit Malcesine. The temperatures average in the high twenties and there are plenty of festival’s and event’s taking place in the town and the surrounding areas during these months.

Local Info


Euro is used in Italy.

Time Zone 

Malcesine, like the rest of Italy, is one area ahead of Ireland (GMT+1).

Getting around

As the town is quite small it is easily explored by foot or bicycle. However, there is a public bus service available too. If you would like to explore more of Lake Garda, we recommend car rental.