About malcesine, navene, campagnola
Malcesine and surrounding villages
Navene, Campagnola, Val di Sogno
Whilst we are delighted if you want to sail and windsurf with us every day of your holiday, there is also lots to see and do away from the Lake and places to visit nearby.
Comune di Malcesine
The comune is the greater area centred around Malcesine and includes many small hamlets as well as the town of Malcesine itself (say “malchesne”). Each hamlet has its own character although the keenest sailors will appreciate Navene for its proximity to the sailing centre (400m).
The character of the towns is similar with older buildings on higher ground and the newer ones alongside the lake road.
A tiny hamlet built up onto the hillside where there are a small group of family-run hotels and apartments. Navene is the best place to stay for keen sailors as its just 400m to the sailing centre (along the lakeside cycle path).
The Locanda Navene bar is great for a beer on the way home and the Vela Azzura offers a wood pizza oven and the Oliveto has a garden restuarant, all with lake views. There is a small Friday market opposite the Vela Azzura which is a convenient way to sample and to buy genuinely local produce.
The area to the north of Malcesine, stretching from the outskirts to close to our sailing centre, contains hotels and restaurants but no shops apart from a ‘mini-market’ about 600m from our sailing centre. For those who like their food simple and good value, the Speck Stube offers grilled chicken, sausages, pork ribs or mixed cold plate all with great chips and beers in an large garden area. It gets very busy in summer, so ask our advice on the best times and days to go.
A beautiful town with compelling alleyways and cobbled streets with delights around every corner with many restaurants and shops. The typical Scaligeri castle is the visible feature but treasures await around every corner. For ice-cream lovers, the best ice-creams are to be found at the castle gate.
Val di Sogno
Very beautiful and quiet, less well suited to groups wishing to sail with us every day but a lovely place to stay.
It’s also the site of our nearest A&E which we hope non-one will need.
The little Tourist Bus which runs every hour on a loop from Malcesine to Cassone and back and then north towards Torbole, past Europa Holidays and the sailing centre, past the village of Navene and then back to Malcesine. Great for shopping trips or for eating and drinking in Malcesine with no designated driver (except the man driving the coach). Click the bus for more details