The beautiful picturesque Lake Garda town of Malcesine (pronounced MAL-CHES-INAY… first fact for you there!) has become a popular destination in recent years, particularly for destination weddings. As an alumna of the Malcesine bride club, I remember searching high and low for quirky information and interesting facts about Malcesine.
Given Malcesine weddings are still growing in popularity, I thought I’d share five interesting facts about Malcesine which I used for my wedding.
The facts can be used in a variety of different ways to engage guests about the big day destination. You can add them to invitations under local information, incorporate into wedding stationary or add them to your Malcesine destination guide.
*Sidenote: You don’t need to create a destination guide for guests but of course, as queen of event planning, I had to create one!
Five Interesting Facts About Malcesine
Fact #1 People have been living in Malcesine for over 2,500 years!
The Etruscans were the first recorded inhabitants of Malcesine, dating around 500BC. Around 15BC, the area came under the control of the Roman Empire.
Historians believe the fortress of Malcesine dates back to this era and that an original ‘castle’ sat on the rocks where Scaliger Castle sits today.
Fact #2 Malcesine has a Michelin starred Restaurant
Despite it being a town of only 3704 inhabitants, Malcesine now adds a Michelin star to its badge collection.
The Vecchia Malcesine is the most beautiful and romantic gourmet restaurant. It enjoys incredible panoramic views over Malcesine town and the lake. Its relaxed, elegant ambience makes it highly sought dining spot in the north of the lake.
Fact #3 Goethe was arrested in Malcesine
German poet Goethe was so fascinated by the beauty of Scaliger Castle, he stopped to sketch it. The locals looked upon this behaviour as highly suspicious and thought he must be a spy and so he was arrested.
Shortly after his arrest, Goethe was recognised by passer by and was released from charge.
Today Scaliger castle has its own ‘Goethe Room’ dedicated to the poet. On display are sketches of the castle and the lake. Goethe reproduced the authentic colours of the surrounding landscape which became the starting point for “Theory of Colours”.
Fact #4 Malcesine inspired Gustav Klimpt’s artwork
Austrian painter, Gustav Klimt, was another famous guest of Malcesine.
In 1913 he painted the critically acclaimed “Malcesine on Garda” which was captures the beauty of this wonderful little lake side town. Sadly the painting was destroyed by a fire set by retreating German forces at Schloss Immendorf, Austria in 1945.
Fact #5 It’s the only place in Lake Garda where you can climb 1600m in 10 minutes!
The Malcesine cablecar up to the top of Monte Baldo is a spectacular experience. The revolving cable car provides 360° views of the ascent as it rises 1600m in 10 minutes!
From the top of Monte Baldo on a clear day, you’ll experience breathtaking panoramic views of the entire lake – from Riva in the very north down to Preschiera in the south.
Thats our round up of interesting facts about Malcesine. If you discover any more whilst on your travels, please share them in the comments below!
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