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Castello Scaligero di Malcesine, Malcesine

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Castle Landmark
Time seems to stand still at Castello Scaligero di Malcesine, a medieval structure with winding battlements and a tower overlooking Lake Garda. It is believed that a fortification of some sort has existed on this site since as early as the fifth century, but most of the structures visible today were added in the 13th century by the della Scala family, rulers of Verona. During that time the structure was fortified and became an important part of the region’s defensive system. Since 1902 the castle has been a national monument, and today it contains a small museum on the natural history of Lake Garda. Climb the tower for sweeping views of the lake and the town, but be careful of the clock bell, which chimes earsplittingly on the hour. Guided tours can be pre-booked by telephone. Put Castello Scaligero di Malcesine into our Malcesine holiday planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Stunning location hence the number of wedding taking place in the castle daily.museum interesting.castle tower worth the climb up and lake views worth the effort  more »
  • We spent a happy few hours in the castle which offered amazing views over Malcesnie and the lake. Perfect venue for weddings. An interesting museum. Climb to the top of the bell tower and hear the bel...  more »
  • We went to the opera on the Thursday evening. It was lovely to hear the opera singers, this is not classed as a 'proper' ( my word) opera show, it is more relaxed with a lady talking in English and It...  more »
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  • Well worth a trip to see, you can go right to the top of the bell tower, the views from which are stunning. The bell was cast in the 1500's and remains in place today. Lots of other factual information on the castles history is present within, makes for an interesting few hours.
  • Very nice castle to visit. From the top of the tower you heve a nice view over the Malcesine town.
  • Very interesting! Lots of museums. Beautiful view from the top and great coty to walk in.
  • Such nicely kept grounds. Walk up all the way to the top of the tower for a wonderful view of lake Garda and adjacent town. Build up your appetite while exploring the museum grounds and castle walls. Plenty of picture opportunity throughout the grounds. The stairs leading up to the tower can be a little cramped by space and other climbers. Keep that in mind and you'll be just fine.
  • A lovely castle built on a cliff outcrop on the lakeshore a fairy tale which hosts many weddings. A great place for fine views of the lake & mountain backdrop. Some lovely old frescos & a nice natural history museum. Quite a few steps & inclines so may be unsuitable for the elderly & people with mobility issues. Fantastic views from the tower roof in all directions. A must see when visiting this nice town