On the eastern shore of Lake Garda, on the slopes of Mount Baldo, Malcesine is a charming village popular with Italian and foreign visitors alike.
The historic centreof this village is dominated by the Scaliger Castle and its stunning views of the surrounding landscape (from the Rivellino platform or tower). It's also known for the rich cultural and artistic heritage. The village is home to the Museum of Natural History of Mount Baldo and the Lake, where the multimedia exhibits offer a "five-senses" experience. You can also explore the fascinating "Galley Room", dedicated to the history of sailing on the Lake. Another destination worth calling at is thePalazzo dei Capitani, which dates from the 13th-14th centuries and is built on Roman and Romanesque ruins. Many visitors are entranced by this village, including the poet Goethe who enthused about its beauty when stopping here by chance during a trip to Italy.
The charm of Malcesine also comes from its natural setting, which connects Lake Garda, where you can also practise sailing, and Mount Baldo, which offers a unique panoramic view over the entire lake. The Malcesine-Mt Baldo cable car (also accessible by wheelchair) takes the effort out of the ascent, while the rotating cabins allow you to make the most of the extraordinary view.
In the hamlet of Cassone near Malcesine you can also see the shortest river in the world! Named the Aril, one of the tributaries of the Garda, it's just 175 m long from source to mouth.
When it's time for refreshment, try the casàt, a typical cheese that's the main attraction at a number of local food fairs including Ciottolando con gusto, held in September.