History and culture along the colourful streets
In the morning, we were chatting to the owner of our hotel over breakfast, and we explained what we were up to for the day, and I said we were heading to Malcesine. This is where I had a quick lesson in pronunciation, as Malcesine for those of us who are none Italian speakers, we would perhaps say it as you see it, oh no.
It is pronounced ‘Malchesinay’, well I won’t make that mistake again.
You can catch a ferry to Malcesine, from the various towns around Lake Garda, however, if you are staying in Limone, I would just pick a boat that runs direct. The return trip is €9 per person and takes around ½ hour (they run every hour), whereas it may take longer on a ferry depending on its route.
As mentioned, Malcesine is in the mountainous northern end of Lake Garda, and the backdrop is incredible. Even more so when you cruise across by boat. Slightly further north is Riva del Garda on the northern tip of the lake.
A helpful guide
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Go and discover
Amongst the lanes
Touring around the lake
Off to the castle
The 13th century Castello Scaliger, is undoubtedly Malcesine’s most striking landmark.
The castle was once owned by the Scala family, hence the name, it really is quite eye-catching.
The beautiful castle is perched on the water’s edge, and you get an amazing view of it if you arrive by boat.
Take a peek
Have a well-earned break
So close to Venice & Verona
When in Italy
An Ice cream - hurry up!
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Where we stayed
We based ourselves in Limone-Sul-Garda for 3 nights while we toured Lake Garda and stayed at Casa Albergo Sorriso the location is wonderful. We chose a room with a lake view, and it was stunning.
The hotel has free parking just outside, it is only around a five-minute stroll down into the heart of the old town, although, a few minutes longer back up.
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