Things to do in
Malcesine

Our most recommended things to do in Malcesine

From Milan: Verona, Sirmione and Lake Garda with Boat Cruise

1. From Milan: Verona, Sirmione and Lake Garda with Boat Cruise

Your adventure begins with departure from Milan, setting the tone for a hassle-free start to your day. Arriving in Verona, immerse yourself in the city's rich history and charm. Visit the famed Juliet's House, explore the impressive Arena di Verona, and meander through historic streets adorned with timeless architecture. Continue your journey and head to Desenzano, a charming town on the southwestern shore of Lake Garda. Board a relaxing cruise from Desenzano to Sirmione and soak in the serene beauty of Lake Garda. The panoramic journey across crystal-clear waters sets the stage for the highlight of your tour. Upon arrival in Sirmione, be captivated by the town's unique charm and historical significance. Explore the medieval Scaligero Castle, wander through narrow cobblestone streets, and marvel at the beauty of the Grotte di Catullo archaeological site. Enjoy some free time in Sirmione to indulge in local delicacies, shop for handmade crafts, or simply relax by the shores of Lake Garda. As the day winds down, embark on a comfortable journey back to Milan, providing ample time to reflect on the unforgettable memories created during this delightful tour.

Lake Garda: Historic Castle Cruise with Wine Tasting

2. Lake Garda: Historic Castle Cruise with Wine Tasting

Discover the charm of Lake Garda on a half-day speedboat tour, where you will see the various castles and villas, enjoy a regional wine tasting, and get a chance to swim in its refreshing waters. Start your cruise from Sirmione’s harbor, located next to the Scaligero Castle of Sirmione, offering a perfect postcard view as you start your lake cruise.  Continue towards the Lazise Castle, a medieval fortress with imposing towers and defense walls. Enjoy a wine tasting in Bardolino guided by a professional sommelier who will explain to you the unique characteristics of this regional wine.  Take a dive into the emerald lake waters to cool off and enjoy a relaxing break at the shores of Villa Canossa. Admire the timeless beauty of Torri del Benaco Scaligero Castle, a fortress of Roman origins, before navigating back to the Port of Sirmione.

Malcesine: Lake Garda Sunset Sailboat Cruise with Aperitif

3. Malcesine: Lake Garda Sunset Sailboat Cruise with Aperitif

Hop aboard a traditional sailing vessel at the harbor in Malcesine. Kick off your shoes and feel the wood beneath your feet and the wind in your hair as you set off a sailing adventure on Lake Garda. Navigate southwards past the fairytale-like lakeside town of Cassone di Malcesine, or glide across the lake and take in the western coast while. Listen to chill music while partaking in snacking on finger food and sipping on drinks. On Thursday, have sparkling wine (Trento Doc) paired with fish snacks. On Wednesday or Friday, choose between spritz or gin and tonic with finger food. Watch as the sun casts a warm glow over the mountains and reflects onto the crystal-clear waters of the lake. Return to your meeting point as night begins to fall over the town of Malcesine.

PANORAMIC CRUISE ON HISTORICAL SAILBOAT

4. PANORAMIC CRUISE ON HISTORICAL SAILBOAT

Panoramic Waterfall Cruise: Two hours-short cruise on the historical sailboat "Siora Veronica", the iconic symbol of Lake Garda. An amazing sailing experience with navigation towards the western coast of the lake, crossing the Garda blue waters following the Ora wind blowing in the early afternoon, to discover the most interested panoramic spots of the surroundings and the stunning waterfalls just visible from the lake, located near Tremosine and the famous La Forra/James Bond Street. On the way back, before going back to the harbour, passage close to the Scaligeri Castle of Malcesine and its medieval walls, and in front of the majestic Captain's Palace. Drop on and off point: Harbour of Malcesine

Peschiera del Garda: Vintage FIAT 500 Rental

5. Peschiera del Garda: Vintage FIAT 500 Rental

Have you always dreamed of driving a historic Fiat 500? From today you can! Rent and drive a historic Fiat 500 for a full-day or half-day trip of freedom. Leave from Peschiera on a self-drive tour to explore the lake territory and the surrounding landscapes. With this rental, you decide how to spend your time. Ride through the country roads, travel freely to discover the small villages around Lake Garda, or stop to take photos. See where the road takes you or follow a recommended itinerary. Experience Italy like a true Italian!

ROMANTIC CRUISE ON HISTORICAL SAILBOAT

6. ROMANTIC CRUISE ON HISTORICAL SAILBOAT

Two hours cruise in the late afternoon, a romantic and relaxing experience onboard of an historical sailboat, the iconic vessel "Siora Veronica. Depending on the winds blowing, the itinerary could be navigation southwards to Cassone along the eastern coast, between the islands of the dreamy Val di Sogno Bay and in front of the picturesque village of Cassone, or crossing the Lake to the western coast direction waterfalls, to see the most romantic spots in the surroundings, with smooth bossanova/lounge music on background. In the middle of the tour there would be an aperitif offered, with a glass of sparkling wine included, enjoying the sunset vibes of Lake Garda. Experience suggested to couples and boat lovers. Drop on and off point: Harbour of Malcesine

Garda: sunset boat cruise with wine and fish tasting

7. Garda: sunset boat cruise with wine and fish tasting

In this tour you will explore the lake Garda from another point of you: with an expert driver, from a fishing family with centuries of generations, you will admire the unique architectural and landscape beauties in the world, from Punta San Vigilio, to the Isola del Garda, Sirmione bay with the Castle and the grotoes of Catullo, or Rocca di Manerba, to the most characteristic places of this central area of the lake.according to your preferences, or according to the duration of the tour you choose (3 hours or 4 hours) On board, you will taste fresh fish (from sea or from lake), prepared the same day by the fisherman, paired with wines from local cellars. It will be an unforgettable experience, which combines the beauty of the lake, its history, and quality food and wine. During the cruise, the captain will tell you about the beauties of Lake Garda, through a voice translator, in your language.

Malcesine: Lake Garda self-guided Vespa tour

8. Malcesine: Lake Garda self-guided Vespa tour

Want to take a round tour of the lake? Keep in mind that the most obvious way is sometimes far from the best. Our route offers you the most logical, pleasant and interesting way to do the “round trip”. Save your time and money by trusting our expertise. Each year we ride out in search for the best roads and the finest attractions along the Garda shoreline, preparing your ideal route. No traffic jams, no parking issues, no searching for a place to dine. You won’t waste a single minute, see the lake from all of the best spots, and spend a day full of delights and discoveries. You will: - See all most scenic spots on Lake Garda in a single day. - Optimize your route: ride over small roads far away from heavy traffic. - Get the most impressive views of the lake from both shores. Including the famous view from over 300 meters high. - Stock on local produce from our partners’ store located high up in the mountains. You get a special discount, as well. - Have lunch in an authentic restaurant, where a table is always waiting for you. - Take the ferry across the lake at a discounted fare. Avoid wasting your time waiting in the boarding line. - Take a drive down one of the officially most beautiful roads in the world, the Strada della Forra and see the fabulous gorge - Taste delicious ice cream while enjoying one of the best views over the lake at a bar run by our friends in Tremosine area - Rest assured that not a single minute is wasted in search of directions or a parking lot. Just enjoy your trip, pure and undiluted. Hop on a stylish Vespa scooter and hit the road! We guarantee a lot of impressions and great photos!

MORNING CRUISE WITH YOGA & RELAX ON HISTORICAL SAILBOAT

9. MORNING CRUISE WITH YOGA & RELAX ON HISTORICAL SAILBOAT

A special boat experience on the historical sailboat "Siora Veronica", with yoga class relax and swimming in the amazing spot of Val di Sogno Bay in the morning time, with veg aperitif at the end. An interesting way to practise floating yoga onboard with a professional teacher introducing to pranayama and meditation breathtaking techniques, or just an opportunity to relax yourself in one of the most picturesque places of Lake Garda, with an hour and a half time for relaxing, sunbathing and swimming, with slow rithmes, good vibes, panoramic landscapes and everything needed for a rejuvenating tour focused on psyco-phisical wellbeing in the sound of silence and lake waves.

Sirmione private tour: on the shores of lake Garda

10. Sirmione private tour: on the shores of lake Garda

The guided tour of Sirmione will take you on a walk in its historic center among many curiosities, important monuments and panoramic views of the beaches on the clear waters of Lake Garda. It starts from one of the most evocative and characteristic points of Sirmione, crossing the drawbridge of the imposing Scaliger Castle, the only access point to the historic center of the village. The Castle built in the 14th century by the Scala family who controlled nearby Verona, is one of the best preserved castles in Italy and is surrounded on all four sides by the waters of the lake, a true architectural jewel on the picturesque fortified Darsena and the boats of the fishermen who color it. Crossing the fortress we continue with a visit to the Church of S. Maria della Neve or Santa Maria Maggiore, the main church of the village built in the 1400s and with stunning paintings inside and a wooden statue of the Madonna Enthroned from the same period. We stroll through the streets of the village characterized by colorful houses and many souvenir shops, boutiques, bars and restaurants where you can taste the goodness of the lake, up to the most popular spa center on Lake Garda that we will visit outdoors. In fact, Sirmione is well known for its late 19th century Baths generated by a source of hot water that comes directly from the bottom of the lake and offers benefits for the whole body. The tour continues admiring a stately villa renamed Maria Callas' House where the queen of opera used to stay for her holidays in the fifties; she talked about it in several interviews saying she fell in love with this place on the lake for the peace and quiet. A few steps away we find the park dedicated to her and the characteristic Church of San Pietro in Mavino dating back to the 1300s in Romanesque style and built in one of the highest and most panoramic points of the village. On the other side of the village, however, we can admire the Beach of Blondes, another very popular beach with a beautiful pier for a panoramic view of the lake and we finish the guided tour along the panoramic pedestrian street called the Walk of the Muses which takes us back to the heart of the village.

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Our most recommended things to do in Malcesine

From Milan: Verona, Sirmione and Lake Garda with Boat Cruise

From Milan: Verona, Sirmione and Lake Garda with Boat Cruise

Your adventure begins with departure from Milan, setting the tone for a hassle-free start to your day. Arriving in Verona, immerse yourself in the city's rich history and charm. Visit the famed Juliet's House, explore the impressive Arena di Verona, and meander through historic streets adorned with timeless architecture. Continue your journey and head to Desenzano, a charming town on the southwestern shore of Lake Garda. Board a relaxing cruise from Desenzano to Sirmione and soak in the serene beauty of Lake Garda. The panoramic journey across crystal-clear waters sets the stage for the highlight of your tour. Upon arrival in Sirmione, be captivated by the town's unique charm and historical significance. Explore the medieval Scaligero Castle, wander through narrow cobblestone streets, and marvel at the beauty of the Grotte di Catullo archaeological site. Enjoy some free time in Sirmione to indulge in local delicacies, shop for handmade crafts, or simply relax by the shores of Lake Garda. As the day winds down, embark on a comfortable journey back to Milan, providing ample time to reflect on the unforgettable memories created during this delightful tour.

Lake Garda: Historic Castle Cruise with Wine Tasting

Lake Garda: Historic Castle Cruise with Wine Tasting

Discover the charm of Lake Garda on a half-day speedboat tour, where you will see the various castles and villas, enjoy a regional wine tasting, and get a chance to swim in its refreshing waters. Start your cruise from Sirmione’s harbor, located next to the Scaligero Castle of Sirmione, offering a perfect postcard view as you start your lake cruise.  Continue towards the Lazise Castle, a medieval fortress with imposing towers and defense walls. Enjoy a wine tasting in Bardolino guided by a professional sommelier who will explain to you the unique characteristics of this regional wine.  Take a dive into the emerald lake waters to cool off and enjoy a relaxing break at the shores of Villa Canossa. Admire the timeless beauty of Torri del Benaco Scaligero Castle, a fortress of Roman origins, before navigating back to the Port of Sirmione.

Malcesine: Lake Garda Sunset Sailboat Cruise with Aperitif

Malcesine: Lake Garda Sunset Sailboat Cruise with Aperitif

Hop aboard a traditional sailing vessel at the harbor in Malcesine. Kick off your shoes and feel the wood beneath your feet and the wind in your hair as you set off a sailing adventure on Lake Garda. Navigate southwards past the fairytale-like lakeside town of Cassone di Malcesine, or glide across the lake and take in the western coast while. Listen to chill music while partaking in snacking on finger food and sipping on drinks. On Thursday, have sparkling wine (Trento Doc) paired with fish snacks. On Wednesday or Friday, choose between spritz or gin and tonic with finger food. Watch as the sun casts a warm glow over the mountains and reflects onto the crystal-clear waters of the lake. Return to your meeting point as night begins to fall over the town of Malcesine.

PANORAMIC CRUISE ON HISTORICAL SAILBOAT

PANORAMIC CRUISE ON HISTORICAL SAILBOAT

Panoramic Waterfall Cruise: Two hours-short cruise on the historical sailboat "Siora Veronica", the iconic symbol of Lake Garda. An amazing sailing experience with navigation towards the western coast of the lake, crossing the Garda blue waters following the Ora wind blowing in the early afternoon, to discover the most interested panoramic spots of the surroundings and the stunning waterfalls just visible from the lake, located near Tremosine and the famous La Forra/James Bond Street. On the way back, before going back to the harbour, passage close to the Scaligeri Castle of Malcesine and its medieval walls, and in front of the majestic Captain's Palace. Drop on and off point: Harbour of Malcesine

Peschiera del Garda: Vintage FIAT 500 Rental

Peschiera del Garda: Vintage FIAT 500 Rental

Have you always dreamed of driving a historic Fiat 500? From today you can! Rent and drive a historic Fiat 500 for a full-day or half-day trip of freedom. Leave from Peschiera on a self-drive tour to explore the lake territory and the surrounding landscapes. With this rental, you decide how to spend your time. Ride through the country roads, travel freely to discover the small villages around Lake Garda, or stop to take photos. See where the road takes you or follow a recommended itinerary. Experience Italy like a true Italian!

ROMANTIC CRUISE ON HISTORICAL SAILBOAT

ROMANTIC CRUISE ON HISTORICAL SAILBOAT

Two hours cruise in the late afternoon, a romantic and relaxing experience onboard of an historical sailboat, the iconic vessel "Siora Veronica. Depending on the winds blowing, the itinerary could be navigation southwards to Cassone along the eastern coast, between the islands of the dreamy Val di Sogno Bay and in front of the picturesque village of Cassone, or crossing the Lake to the western coast direction waterfalls, to see the most romantic spots in the surroundings, with smooth bossanova/lounge music on background. In the middle of the tour there would be an aperitif offered, with a glass of sparkling wine included, enjoying the sunset vibes of Lake Garda. Experience suggested to couples and boat lovers. Drop on and off point: Harbour of Malcesine

Garda: sunset boat cruise with wine and fish tasting

Garda: sunset boat cruise with wine and fish tasting

In this tour you will explore the lake Garda from another point of you: with an expert driver, from a fishing family with centuries of generations, you will admire the unique architectural and landscape beauties in the world, from Punta San Vigilio, to the Isola del Garda, Sirmione bay with the Castle and the grotoes of Catullo, or Rocca di Manerba, to the most characteristic places of this central area of the lake.according to your preferences, or according to the duration of the tour you choose (3 hours or 4 hours) On board, you will taste fresh fish (from sea or from lake), prepared the same day by the fisherman, paired with wines from local cellars. It will be an unforgettable experience, which combines the beauty of the lake, its history, and quality food and wine. During the cruise, the captain will tell you about the beauties of Lake Garda, through a voice translator, in your language.

Malcesine: Lake Garda self-guided Vespa tour

Malcesine: Lake Garda self-guided Vespa tour

Want to take a round tour of the lake? Keep in mind that the most obvious way is sometimes far from the best. Our route offers you the most logical, pleasant and interesting way to do the “round trip”. Save your time and money by trusting our expertise. Each year we ride out in search for the best roads and the finest attractions along the Garda shoreline, preparing your ideal route. No traffic jams, no parking issues, no searching for a place to dine. You won’t waste a single minute, see the lake from all of the best spots, and spend a day full of delights and discoveries. You will: - See all most scenic spots on Lake Garda in a single day. - Optimize your route: ride over small roads far away from heavy traffic. - Get the most impressive views of the lake from both shores. Including the famous view from over 300 meters high. - Stock on local produce from our partners’ store located high up in the mountains. You get a special discount, as well. - Have lunch in an authentic restaurant, where a table is always waiting for you. - Take the ferry across the lake at a discounted fare. Avoid wasting your time waiting in the boarding line. - Take a drive down one of the officially most beautiful roads in the world, the Strada della Forra and see the fabulous gorge - Taste delicious ice cream while enjoying one of the best views over the lake at a bar run by our friends in Tremosine area - Rest assured that not a single minute is wasted in search of directions or a parking lot. Just enjoy your trip, pure and undiluted. Hop on a stylish Vespa scooter and hit the road! We guarantee a lot of impressions and great photos!

MORNING CRUISE WITH YOGA & RELAX ON HISTORICAL SAILBOAT

MORNING CRUISE WITH YOGA & RELAX ON HISTORICAL SAILBOAT

A special boat experience on the historical sailboat "Siora Veronica", with yoga class relax and swimming in the amazing spot of Val di Sogno Bay in the morning time, with veg aperitif at the end. An interesting way to practise floating yoga onboard with a professional teacher introducing to pranayama and meditation breathtaking techniques, or just an opportunity to relax yourself in one of the most picturesque places of Lake Garda, with an hour and a half time for relaxing, sunbathing and swimming, with slow rithmes, good vibes, panoramic landscapes and everything needed for a rejuvenating tour focused on psyco-phisical wellbeing in the sound of silence and lake waves.

Sirmione private tour: on the shores of lake Garda

Sirmione private tour: on the shores of lake Garda

The guided tour of Sirmione will take you on a walk in its historic center among many curiosities, important monuments and panoramic views of the beaches on the clear waters of Lake Garda. It starts from one of the most evocative and characteristic points of Sirmione, crossing the drawbridge of the imposing Scaliger Castle, the only access point to the historic center of the village. The Castle built in the 14th century by the Scala family who controlled nearby Verona, is one of the best preserved castles in Italy and is surrounded on all four sides by the waters of the lake, a true architectural jewel on the picturesque fortified Darsena and the boats of the fishermen who color it. Crossing the fortress we continue with a visit to the Church of S. Maria della Neve or Santa Maria Maggiore, the main church of the village built in the 1400s and with stunning paintings inside and a wooden statue of the Madonna Enthroned from the same period. We stroll through the streets of the village characterized by colorful houses and many souvenir shops, boutiques, bars and restaurants where you can taste the goodness of the lake, up to the most popular spa center on Lake Garda that we will visit outdoors. In fact, Sirmione is well known for its late 19th century Baths generated by a source of hot water that comes directly from the bottom of the lake and offers benefits for the whole body. The tour continues admiring a stately villa renamed Maria Callas' House where the queen of opera used to stay for her holidays in the fifties; she talked about it in several interviews saying she fell in love with this place on the lake for the peace and quiet. A few steps away we find the park dedicated to her and the characteristic Church of San Pietro in Mavino dating back to the 1300s in Romanesque style and built in one of the highest and most panoramic points of the village. On the other side of the village, however, we can admire the Beach of Blondes, another very popular beach with a beautiful pier for a panoramic view of the lake and we finish the guided tour along the panoramic pedestrian street called the Walk of the Muses which takes us back to the heart of the village.

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Overall rating

4.8
(19 reviews)

Everything was very beautiful 😍 my favorite without a doubt was Sirmione and Lake Gorda. Recommended. The only inconvenience was the transportation was delayed for 1 hour and we were all waiting anxiously. Otherwise, all good.

Yo provided a small bus (midi bus) instead of advertised luxary bus due to the number of participants. This is not good.

I had an unforgettable day! Patrizia, our guide proved to be extremely well prepared, attentive and empathetic.

Toilet on the bus is necessary. Providing more water to drink.

ANA, THE GUIDE IS THE BEST 1 our trip was all worth it