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  • Malcesine, Riva del Garda and Lake Garda North

    Picturesque medieval lanes winding up the slope from the lake.

    Malcesine is a small fascinating Medieval village situated on the eastern coast of Lake Garda. It has 3.500 inhabitants and includes the villages of Cassone and Navene. The port and the surrounding area are replete with old buildings and narrow streets dotted with shops and boutiques. In the summer months Malcesine is a hive of innocent hedonism, packed with pottering holidaymakers gorging on ice cream and sunseekers draped along the lake shore. It’s not all laziness, however, as the town’s ferry connections to other lakeside resorts make it a good base for sightseeing and the cable-car running up to Monte Baldo is a magnet for cyclists, walkers and paragliders.

    Riva del Garda is also called “the jewel of Lake Garda”. Lemon trees, palm trees as well as bay trees are very characteristic for this village at the lake shore. Lovers of culture can look forward to the historical palazzi in the inner city, dating back to a time when the Venetians were reigning the area. The “Rocca di Riva” castle originates in the year 1124 and is completely surrounded by water. Today it houses the urban museum and a picture gallery called “pinacoteca”.

    Period: available all year. Recommended in summer season.

    Scaliger Castle in Malcesine

    The symbol of Malcesine is its Castle, rebuilt by the Scaliger family around about 1300. Castle halls contain the Monte Baldo and Garda Natural History Museum, the “Galley Room” and the former powder magazine. It was built by the Austrians, now dedicated to W. Goethe with several drawings made by the poet during his “Trip to Italy”. The castle was declared a national monument in 1902.

    Cable Car Malcesine – Monte Baldo

    From Malcesine’s castle, it is just a short walk (crossing the Gardesana street) to the starting point of the Malcesine – Monte Baldo cable car. This extremely modern and barrier-free cable car is unique in the world because of its revolving cabins. Thanks to lifts which take visitors to the starting point, access to the cabins is easy even with pushchairs (transport at a surcharge). The skyride, lasting only a few minutes, to the 1800 m summit of Monte Baldo will be an incredible experience particularly for children, as it gives a sensation of flying across the blue of the lake. Given the remarkable difference in height that is bridged during the ascent, we recommend you take along layered clothes and equip yourselves with warm clothes for the summit, where temperatures are lower than at the starting point. Visitors can enjoy a unique view, particularly in the summer, when the blue of the sky and the lake and the green of the meadows blend together.

    La Rocca di Riva del Garda

    Situated on the lake’s bank between the thriving gardens of Piazza Garibaldi, Piazza Battisti and Porta Orientale, la Rocca at one time represented the defensive stronghold which commanded harbor traffic, and was once considered the most important military port in the middle and upper Garda area.
    The actual preserved complex, despite austrian influence in 1852, is originally of medieval order: a moat surrounding the fortress, drawbridges for access, corner towers inserted into the principal structure, and a powerful tower called a mastio, the largest of the numerous trentino castles, probably dating back to the 13th century.
    La Rocca underwent restructuring over the course of time by the succession of dominations which shaped the story of Riva; the d’Arco, the Scaligeri of Verona, the Viscounts of Milan, the bishops of Trento, the Venetians and the Austrians whom transformed it into a barracks for 600 soldiers, subjected to attacks from Napoleon’s french troops who returned four times between 1796 and 1809.

    Luxury Hotels – Four and Five stars

    Luxury lifestyle. Design, tradition and hospitality for a unique holiday! ItalyDolomites presents the most exclusive side of the Dolomites, rich of charm and tradition, able to satisfy even the most demanding visitor in terms of wellness, sport and relaxation. You will find luxury hotels rated 4 stars and more, carefully selected and guaranteed, hotels that stand out for charm, style and exclusive services (golf hotels, sport hotels, wellness hotels, design hotels), located in famous resorts of the Dolomites of South Tyrol, Trentino and Veneto.

    Price range: from € 150.00 to € 1.000,00 per day, per person – Breakfast included

    Families Hotels

    Experience, savour and appreciate nature with all the senses. The Families Hotels are true specialists in offering exciting holidays shared by the whole family amid stunning mountain landscape.

    Price range: from € 65.00 to € 110,00 per day, per person – Breakfast included.

    Three Star Hotels

    If you don’t have or don’t want to spend a huge budget for your holiday, without having to forego any comforts, a three star hotel may be just the right place for you. Here you won’t miss a thing, which belongs to wonderful holidays and that at reasonable prices! You won’t have to care about anything and just relax. The rooms are cleaned daily, the food is plentiful and varied and the staff is friendly and helpful in more than one language. Comfort in all areas and a certain bit of luxury three star hotels guarantee to arise the vacation felling in you.

    Price range: from € 50.00 to € 80,00 per day, per person – Breakfast included

    Bed & Breakfasts

    The stay in a bed and breakfast is relatively cheap. Nevertheless you will know the true promise of a homey and familiar atmosphere.

    Price range: from € 40.00 to € 70,00 per day, per person – Breakfast included

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FAQ’s
Which are the closest airports in the area?

The closest airport are Innsbruck (125Km) and Verona (143km).

Do i need travel insurance?

We recommended getting a travel insure policy which cover you for all medical expenses(including repatriention) and any expensive items you bring away with you such as laptops, smartphone, photo cameras, tablets, etc. Travel insurance should be taken out at the time of booking in case you have to cancel out travel because of unforeseen events.

What's the opening period of mountain huts?

During summer season, they open approximately their doors on the 10th of June and close them on the 25th of September. These dates depend on weather conditions.

Is it necessary to bring your own sleeping bag in mountain huts?

No. Usually the beds in the mountain huts have got a blanket and a quilt. Anyways it is better to ask for more information to the mountain hut.

Are there showers in mountain huts?


Usually the room has a shared shower, just a few rooms have a private shower. Using the shower has normally a cost because the water in the mountain huts is precious and it runs frequently out.

Do I need to book in forehand a room in a mountain hut?

No, but is highly recommended. Otherwise it is better to arrive early in the afternoon in order to have a better chance of getting the room.