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Monte Baldo
Mount Baldo, with an average height of 1,700 metres, and several peaks that exceed 2,000 metres, is certainly visible by anyone on the shores of Lake Garda. Contrary to what the name might suggest, Mount Baldo does not refer to a single mountain, but a vast mountain range. In fact, with its breadth, it is able to separate Lake Garda from the nearby Adige valley.
The range extends from the Valle di Loppio, near Rovereto in Trentino Alto Adige, and then continues along the eastern shore of Lake Garda, up to Caprino Veronese in the province of Verona. Compared to the nearby Alps, the Dolomites are less than 200 km away, Mount Baldo may not seem that high, but if viewed from the shores of the lake, it certainly offers an impressive sight that will make you gape in awe. The same can be said for its size, which extends for almost 40 kilometres. Its sides are very varied, so you won't see only find cliffs, but also valleys, plateaus, roads and paths that will allow you to travel far and wide.
The highest peaks of this mountain range are Monte Altissimo (2,079 metres), the top of Pozzette (2,137 metres), Cima Valdritta (2,218 metres) and Punta Telegrafo (2,175 metres). These destinations are well-known by mountain lovers who choose Malcesine for their holiday. Lovers of hiking, mountain biking, and para-gliding are accustomed to calling Mount Baldo by its nickname "the most beautiful terrace on Lake Garda". This is for the beautiful panoramic views that it can offer. Without doubt, the summit of Mount Baldo, easily reachable by the cable-car that departs in Malcesine, is one of the best places to appreciate the lake in all its extension. Mount Baldo is also known by another nickname, "Hortus Europa", because on its slopes and peaks it hosts a wide variety of flora and fauna species. Some of these species are very rare, and, in certain cases, can only be found on this mountain's particular territory.
This is because many of its peaks were not entirely covered by glaciers during the last ice age, and so, part of its flora could continue developing. For those who do not want to face the ascent of Mount Baldo on foot, just take advantage of the Malcesine Mount Baldo cable-car. In just over 20 minutes, excluding queues, you can reach the summit in complete tranquility. At the top you will find hiking trails accessible even to the less experienced, many of which are also suitable for families. Near the cable-car station there are some restaurants where you can stop to eat something. Paths designed for Nordic walking lovers have recently been opened. This sport has taken off in Mount Baldo, and on its many paths for hiking, that are the perfect environment to combine outdoor life and physical activity suitable for everyone.