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Malcesine Holidays

A holiday in Malcesine takes you to the shores of Lake Garda, in northern Italy. This fairy tale medieval town, with a backdrop of the lake’s ice blue waters and an imposing mountain range, is a favourite with couples attracted by the romance of its cobbled streets, colourful houses and relaxing beaches. Active holidaymakers will love hiking or cycling in the mountains, para-gliding at dusk or stand up paddle boarding across the lake. Adventurous travellers will love riding the cable car 7,000 feet up Monte Baldo, where you can look down through the clouds over the town and surrounding area.

The town rises from the shore of the lake, its steep cobbled streets leading to historic landmarks like Castello Scaligero, built in the 13th Century. The castle and grounds now house three museums and temporary exhibitions. Around the port, you'll find a selection of cafés serving spremuta (freshly squeezed fruit juice) and gelato, as well as the odd glass of wine. While away an hour watching boats sailing on the lake and cable cars heading up the mountain.

Explore Malcesine like no other

Here at Citalia, the leading Italian holiday specialist, we’ve spent almost 90 years creating unforgettable holidays for our customers, and our holidays to Malcesine are no exception. 

If you are a sailing enthusiast, Malcesine is home to an Olympic training facility and sailing school, at Fraglia Vela Malcesine. The yacht club also hosts around 20 regattas and events each year, and the marina caters for tourists who want to charter boats and sail on the lake.

Amateur photographers will love holidays in Malcesine, with spectacular landscapes just waiting to be captured. The Panoramic road is a 10km stretch above the town, and wherever you stop, you’ll be awestruck by the unforgettable imagery in front of you.

If you prefer to immerse yourself in the history and culture of the area, learn about the history of Lake Garda during a visit to the Museum of the Lake, which is located in nearby Cassone. Here you’ll find exhibitions featuring fishing and sailing memorabilia, along with paintings of the area and its boats.
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Flight Information

The closest airport to Lake Garda is Verona (VRN). Direct flights to Verona are available from Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Glasgow, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle and Southampton and take approximately 2 hours.

When to go

Lake Garda is traditionally a summer getaway, with hotels usually welcoming guests between April and October. Temperatures hover around 25°C in July and August – and this is when Lake Garda is at its liveliest. However, the climate in Lake Garda is very mild in spring and autumn, with temperatures rarely ducking beneath 20°C. Fancy avoiding the busiest months? Consider visiting in May, June or September – you’ll avoid the crowds and still be treated to warm weather.

Visa Information

At the current time, British citizens do not require a visa to visit Italy.

Tipping

You don’t have to leave a tip in Italy – most Italians don’t tip for restaurant meals, bar drinks, taxi rides or hair and beauty treatments. However if you do leave a tip, you might receive quicker service.

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