Малчезине / Malcesine

After Monte Baldo, logically follows Malcesine. This is the most commonly used translation in Bulgarian, but you can meet it as Malchesine, Maltsesine, or Maltzezine. It is located on the east coast of Lago di Garda, at the foot of Monte Baldo. It enters the territories of the province of Verona, located about 40 km from the city of Romeo and Juliet.

Where to park?

Like most small towns in Italy and here the streets are narrow, and parking spaces are limited. There are several parking areas outside the city center. I used this on Via Navene Vecchia 37, because it is most convenient for the Monte Baldo lift. There is another large parking lot at Localita Paina 12, which is also convenient as a location. Prices are about 1.5 – 2 euro per hour. We parked, and now it’s time for the walk…

Around the streets of Malcesine

The village’s history dates back to 500 years before Christ, since the first evidence of the presence of the Etruscan tribes on its lands. Over the centuries from here have passed different nations –  Romans, Ostrogoths, Alemanni, Longobards and others. In the 6th century, the Longobards built a castle in the rocks, where today is Skaligero Castle. Unfortunately, the ancient castle was destroyed in the 590th by the Franks. It was later restored in the 9th century. Today it bears the name of the Dela Skala family, under whose possession it was from 1277 to 1387.

The population of Malcesine is about 3,500 people. The main livelihood of the local is tourism. The town is one of the most magnetic on the shores of the lake and attracts thousands of tourists. You will not see huge beaches, but here is a well-developed windsurfing. There are many suggestions for mountain walks, swimming and other interesting activities. Walk around it includes narrow streets, colorful houses and squares, small and colorful shops. Wherever you go, you will land in the beautiful harbour. If you decide to visit the castle you will be able to explore the Natural History Museum, which is housed in it. There are also sketches of Goethe that he made during his visit to Malcesine. Enjoy a cup of Italian coffee, stroll around the town and feel its spirit…