Malcesine is a PICTURESQUE TOWN with ancient charm, among the most historically interesting locations on the eastern shore of Lake Garda. It is nestled in dense vegetation typical of the Mediterranean scrub.

Malcesine was one of the first stops on GOETHE'S FAMOUS 'ITALIAN JOURNEY'. He chose to stay at the communal inn near the Town Hall because from there, he could enjoy the beauty of the SCALIGER CASTLE, by which he was deeply fascinated.

It's a small village characterized by picturesque narrow streets and views of unparalleled charm, located at the foothills of MOUNT BALDO, known as the 'BOTANICAL GARDEN OF ITALY' for the countless variety of species that constitute its flora.

the castle

The structure of the castle dates back to the 13th century, many noble families followed in the domination of this area: first of all, Malcesine saw the Scaliger’s supremacy, which was succeeded by the Austrians. Then there was the domination of the Visconti, and then of the Carrara family.
In conclusion, the Republic of Venice ruled the area for a long period of time, 450 years, during which the population enjoyed remarkable wealth, then the dominion fell in the hands of the Austrians until mid ‘800s.The castle is subdivided in lower and upper palace, and the walls hide three internal courtyards.

Precious naturalist collections and antiques are preserved inside the museum located in the halls of the castle.


It has been quiet some time, that the Municipality of Malcesine has been offering the possibility to celebrate civil weddings in the halls of the Scaliger Castle.An opportunity that cannot be missed, to make the most important day in a couple’s life, even more unforgettable: a prestigious setting for an original and refined wedding.

The ceremony can be celebrated in different environments, according to the needs of the spouses:

- two halls within the walls;

- the Labia Hall;

- the Hall inside the building of the former barracks;

The halls offer an elegant context for intimate and suggestive celebrations.

Outdoors, a marvellous terrace with view on the lake can host until eighty guests, while our Ambienthotels Luna Rossa, PrimaLuna and Spiaggia can accommodate the bridal couple and their guests for an unforgettable holiday.