Verona · 51km · 1hour 45 minutes
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Culture and history
Music and Opera
So what's it like?
The 14th century resort sits protected by the stone tower and walls of Scaligeri Castle and its steep, cobbled streets fan up from the ancient harbour, which is surrounded by cafés, ice cream parlours and boutique shops.
Head to the top of the town to go through the arched entrance of the Scaligeri castle. Inside you’ll find lots of rooms to explore, some with historical memorabilia and ancient artefacts. While there you can also climb the stone stairs to the top of the tower to see across the rooftops of Malcesine and over Lake Garda. You may even catch sight of an Italian wedding, as many couples choose the castle as the backdrop for their big day.
Malcesine is the most popular base on the lake for walkers, with the Monte Baldo mountain sitting directly behind the resort. Just up from the main town you can take the cable car, which rotates 360 degrees to the top, opening up the views across the northern part of the lake and the many signposted walks that take you over and down the mountain.
If you want to experience the highlights of the surrounding area, try our Classic Italian Discovery Package and take in the scenery of the Dolomite mountains, immerse yourself in the culture of Venice and explore the beautiful city of Verona. If you're more interested in Italy's world renowned cuisine, try our Flavours of Italy Discovery Package and learn about Italy's famous flavours on an Italian food tour and visit to a local vineyard. Or if spectacular cities are more your thing, try our Italian Cities Discovery Package and spend a day in enchanting Venice and another in fashionable Milan. Must book by 29 April 2015.
Available from £194 (return)
Frequent ferry service to/from Limone and Riva and all resorts down to Desenzano.
Not for the less mobile
We don't recommend this resort if you're less mobile - there are lots of hills, steps and cobbled streets that might make it tricky to get around.
· Take the 20 minute cable car ride to the top of Monte Baldo for breathtaking views · Bring your walking boots to explore the great nature park, rich in flora with tropical and rare alpine species · Regular music concerts at the Captain's Palace.
If you want to get away from it all, but can't spare seven days, we have three and four night short breaks available in Malcesine in various hotels throughout the resort.
Twin centre suggestion
Why not combine a stay at the Hotel Excelsior Bay in Malcesine with a stay at the Hotel Giberti in Verona; call us to book the perfect combination for those wishing to experience the Italian lakes and a city in one trip. Transfer to your second centre is by coach or minibus and may be via Verona Airport.
Lake Garda is a beautiful location for your most special day and the medieval town of Malcesine is a fairytale spot perfect for you to say 'I do'. The castle, where you will have your ceremony, is perfectly positioned on a small hill allowing you to enjoy the breathtaking views of Malcesine's harbour as well as the lake itself and the Monte Baldo mountain creating perfect back drops for your wedding photos. Take a look online or contact us and we will help make your day flawless from start to finish.
Special offers for summer 15
Pre-book any two full day excursions per person and receive a €20 discount in resort for use against a third excursion of your choice. Pre-book any three full day excursions per person and receive a €30 discount in resort for use against a fourth excursion of your choice.
Special offers this summer
Pre-book any two full day excursions per person and receive a €20 discount in resort for use against a third excursion of your choice booked in resort. Pre-book any three full day excursions per person and receive a €30 discount in resort for use against a fourth excursion booked in resort of your choice.