Monte Baldo is a mountain on the eastern side of Lake Garda, behind Malcesine, on the border between the provinces of Verona and Trento, and it’s part of the Alps. It is well known among sports lovers, because it offers beautiful hiking and mountain biking trails.
Moreover, from its height you can enjoy a breathtaking landscape over the lake, which is even more impressive if you take the cable car that connects Malcesine to the top of the mountain.
Whether you like hiking, or simply the beauty of an unspoilt landscape, Monte Baldo will certainly meet your expectations!
Discover Monte Baldo
One of the main attractions of Monte Baldo is certainly the spectacular cable car that connects Malcesine, at the foot of the mountain and overlooking the lake, with the top of the mountain. Without a doubt, this is the best way to enjoy a unique view of Lake Garda!
The Cable Car “Malcesine – Monte Baldo” is actually two different cableways: one from the town center of Malcesine to San Michele, and the second one from San Michele to Tratto Spino.
The first Cable car starts in the Cableway Station of Malcesine, in via Navene Vecchia 12 and arrives at the Cableway Station of San Michele (in via San Michele 49, Malcesine), at an altitude of 580 meters.
The second Cable Car starts in San Michele and brings you on Monte Baldo near Tratto Spino, a pass at an altitude of 1780 meters.
The Cable Car “Malcesine – Monte Baldo” is one of the most modern in the world and has a special feature: to allow passengers to better appreciate the view, the cabins rotate on themselves at 360 degrees (very slowly, of course).
The entire route, excluding the time to change cabin at San Michele, takes about 20 minutes.
Malcesine Cable Car is open ten months a year, and usually closes twice a year, before Easter and in November.
- Ascent from Malcesine from 8 am to 6 pm, rides every 30 mins
- Ascent from San Michele from 8.15 am to 6.15 pm, rides every 30 mins
- Descent from Monte Baldo from 8.15 am to 6.45 pm, rides every 30 mins
- Descent from San Michele from 8 am to 7 pm, rides every 30 mins.
Please notice that all stations usually close one hour earlier in October, and 2 hours earlier in November. For example, the last race from Malcesine on October 20 will be at 5 pm, while on November 5 will be at 4 pm.
You can choose a one-way or round-trip ticket, whether you want to get only to San Michele, whether you want to go from San Michele to Monte Baldo, or whether you want to make the full route from Malcesine to Monte Baldo. Here are the regular fares:
Malcesine - San Michele: € 6 (one way), € 10 (round trip)
San Michele - Monte Baldo: € 15 (one way), € 18 (round trip)
Malcesine - Monte Baldo: € 15 (one way), € 22 (round trip)
Reduced tickets also available for children 18-14 yo, senior over 65, and groups of more than 20 people.
Monte Baldo is full of trails and paths for trekking and Nordic walking: you can find the ideal route whether you are more experienced walkers or beginners. Thanks to the cable car, you can choose a one-way route and get back when you’re tired, sitting comfortably in the cabin and enjoying the view.
Monte Baldo is also a paradise for mountain bike lovers and paragliding lovers: to experience the thrill of the descent, you can take the cable car, take your bike or paraglider with you, and then descend following one of the many bike trails or gliding over the lake. Adrenaline guaranteed!
If you don’t have a licence for paragliding, don’t worry: you can fly in tandem with an experienced pilot, in complete safety.