A wealth of sights
Charm and beauty of Malcesine
Malcesine is one of the most interesting towns on Lake Garda and was awarded the "Bandiera Arancione" by the Italian Touring Club for this reason, among others. The communities that carry this prestigious award stand out for their stunning townscapes. In the case of Malcesine, certainly because of the Scaliger Castle that towers above it and the picturesque alleys of the old town, where you can stroll past small bars, small boutiques and craft shops during your holiday.
Our small village is not only a suitable starting point for various excursions, but also has a rich cultural and historical background. Numerous famous artists have stayed here over the years, including the Weimar poet prince Johann Wolfgang von Goethe or the Viennese artist Gustav Klimt. Not to forget, of course, the nearby marina of the Navene fraction, where international sailing championships are held.
The first records of a settlement in what is now Malcesine date back to 500 BC. Furthermore, it is said that the Longobards built a country estate here in the middle of the first millennium, which was first destroyed and then rebuilt by the Franks. Later, in the second half of the thirteenth century, Alberto della Scala chose the castle of Malcesine as one of his residences.
After a succession of changes of domination over the centuries, Malcesine came under Austrian rule for eight years in 1508, before returning to Venice. In 1796 it was again controlled by the Austrians, then by the French and then by the Kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia, before finally becoming part of the Kingdom of Italy in 1866.