Malcesine and its surroundings
Malcesine, the Pearl of the Lake, with its historical centre and quaint corners, preserves intact the traces of the Della Scala dominion with the Scaligero Castle from the Thirteenth century. Traces of Roman tombs were found during the excavation of the central bus station and demonstrated the antique origins of the town of Malcesine.
Monte Baldo extends itself from Nago/Torbole in the north part of the lake until Garda, 20 km south of Malcesine and has important karstic features (caves) and a Teutonic fracture with a 45 degree inclination well evidenced in the position of the rock slabs, which one can see along the Malcesine – Torbole rocks.
The new Malcesine cable car, with its 2 rotating cabins, allows to reach the top of Monte Baldo from 90 to 1765 meters in 20 minutes, while admiring a breathtaking view of the lake, the Dolomites and the Po river plain.
One of the many trekking itineraries allows to walk along the peaks of Monte Baldo, on the “via delle Creste” or Crests Road for 5 hours until Prada di Brenzone, touching the highest peak „Cima val Dritta“ at 2210 meters. In the winter it is possible to ski on Monte Baldo with lake view and from 2012 the slopes will be equipped with an artificial snow system.
In the medieval historical center you will find the narrowest street in Europe: Via Picalof, 2 ft wide. In the fraction of Cassone, 4 km south of Malcesine, flows the shortest river in the world, “Aril” which is 175 meters long. The Fishing museum located in the harbour of Cassone is also worth a visit.
Malcesine is located on the east coast of Lake Garda, famous for its olive oil with its unmistakable perfume, its strong green-golden color and its richness in vitamins. Our olive oil is the result of a long ripening process of the secular olive trees all around the lake. The quality of our olive oil is guaranteed by a consortium composed of 500 local olive growers.
One of the unique characteristics of Lake Garda remains still today the 10 barns where 500 cows are bred. The cows are brought to the “Malga” on the Monte Baldo in the summer and back down to the valley at the end of October. This practice has given way to a traditional event “Festa della Montagna” or Mountain Feast, that ties the modern Tourist economy with the local ancestral agriculture. The marriage between olive oil, cheese, milk and local fish creates local recipes that are being more and more appreciated.
Since 2013 there are four botanical trekking trails, with nameplates on the most interesting plants and flowers. The tourists will also be able to visit the “Malghe” and the local barns. 50,000 years ago, the glaciation that created Lake Garda also preserved the top of Monte Baldo and allowed the preservation of what is today defined as the “European botanical garden” where it is still possible to find traces of tropical flora as well as orchids and ferns.