Malcesine, Province of Verona, Veneto

The name of the town derives from the Latin "Mala Silex" meaning bad stone, probably in connection to the steep crest where it is situated, from the lake level to the top of the Monte Baldo.
At 54 km from Verona, it is the northernmost commune in the province along the shores of Lake Garda. It was a favorite destination of writers and artists, such as Gustav Klimt, who painted here in 1913 some of his most famous landscapes, and Goethe who was almost arrested as a spy when he was admiring the imposing castle. Today it is a lively tourist and cultural center.


  • Altitude: 89 m a.s.l
  • Population: about 3,400 inhabitants
  • Zip/postal code: 37018, frazioni 37010
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 045
  • Patron Saint: St. Benigno, celebrated on 26 July
  • Frazioni & Localities: Cassone, Navene.
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What to see

  • The Scaligeri Castle, a five-sided fortress hosting today a Museum of Natural History and art exhibitions.
  • The Palazzo dei Capitani, which was for a long time the seat of the Capitano del Lago, when the area was under the rule of the Venetian Republic. It includes beautiful gardens overlooking the lake, and a number of frescoes.


  • Throughout the summer, concerts at the Teatro Lacaor, a natural amphitheater just below the Castle, and art exhibitions.
  • 26 July, festivity of Sant'Anna, San Benigno and San Caro, joint patrons of the place, with night fireworks on the lake waters.
  • In February, the traditional Triduo in the parish church: hundreds of candles are lit all over for three days of prayer for the souls in Purgatory.

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