Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Italy’s chapter on Lombardy and the Lakes has to say about Malcesine:
“On the lake’s eastern shore, the windsurfing centre of Malcesine has a pretty, cobbled vil¬lage centre crowned by the Castello e Museo Scaligero. Inside there are a couple of natural history museums and a collection of books by Goethe, who immortalized the castle. The top of the tower has fabulous views.
More eagle-eye views of the lake unfold during the 10-minute ride on the Funivia Malcesine–Monte Baldo, a cable car with rotating glass cabins. In winter you can ski on Monte Baldo’s slopes.”
KAPOORS ON THE ROAD
It was late afternoon before we had rounded the top of Lake Garda and started heading south along the eastern shore to Malcesine, where we had booked a hotel ahead of time. We were surprised to learn that we were the very first Canadians to have stayed at the hotel. This area is very popular with German tourists as it’s not at all far from the German border or Munich for that matter.
There was still enough light to explore the castle, and I have to say, we couldn’t have chosen a better time. The afternoon rush was over; most tourists were back in their hotels resting before their evening meal, and the light was spectacular. There was a family there with two young children, but other than that, we had the whole castle to ourselves. I really appreciate being able to take photos when the light is just right and there are no people to get in my way.
I especially enjoyed taking in the views of the town and the patterns that the tile roofs make. The old town buildings are usually built off-kilter just a little, and that makes for even more interesting viewing. The air was fresh and still a little warm, even though it was early October. We just love being able to travel during the off-season, avoiding the crush of the crowds during the summer months.
Our host had suggested a nearby restaurant where all the locals eat, and we enjoyed a great pasta meal washed down by some local red wine. It was all we needed for a great sleep – that and a comfortable bed. Breakfast was sumptuous – designed for hearty German appetites. We ate more that we usually would have, and planned to skip lunch to compensate.