Over breakfast, you will sit on your patio and enjoy the stunning view found between Monte San Bartolomeo and Lake Garda, with the pastel painted homes wedged between on the hillsides as the sails of the nearby boats puff in the breeze and cruise into the distance. Today you will continue your discovery of the villages and towns around the lake, whether in the foothills of the Dolomites or nudged the calm, fresh cobalt water. The peak Monte Baldo stands at the backdrop to the town of Malcesine at the height of over 7,200 feet. The town itself looks as though it rises directly out of the lake crowned by the impressive towers of Castello Scaligero. The castle ramparts resemble a fairytale surrounded by the dreamlike landscape of emerald hills and shimmering Lake Garda.
The cobbled lanes and avenues fill with the aroma of freshly brewed espresso. The castle stands on 5th -century foundations, with the current iteration of the walls and towers having been built in the 13th century. The bell was cast in the 15th century and remains in service, peeling over the town throughout the day. For an unforgettable view of the lake, you will take the cable car to the top of Monte Baldo. The mountain plain drapes over the undulating peaks and then rushes down the slopes towards the lakeshore. The fresh, mountain air sweeps across the impressive range as wildflowers blossom in pink, yellow, and purple against white rocks and verdant grass. From this height, the towns resemble clusters of color alongside the shimmering pool of Lake Garda.