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Malcésine, Scaliger Castle
The castle of the Scaliger can be reached easily on one´s own,
if you direct yourself from the town centre northwards and steadily go uphill.
The castle dates back to the 13th century.
Extract of Goethe's diary of September 14th, 1786:
As I had planned, early in the morning I walked to the old castle, which,
since it is without gates, locks or sentries, is accessible to anyone.
I sat down in the courtyard facing the old tower, which is built upon and into the rock.
I had found an ideal spot for drawing .... I had not been sitting there long before
several persons entered the courtyard, looked me over and walked up and down.
Quite a crowd gathered. Then they came to a stop and I found myself surrounded.
I realized that my drawing had created a sensation, but I did not let this disturb
me and went calmly on with my work. At last a somewhat unprepossessing-looking man
pushed himself forward, came up close to me and asked what I was doing there.
I replied that I was drawing the old tower so as to have a memento of Malcésine.
This was not allowed, he said, and I must stop at once. Since he spoke in Venetian
dialect which I hardly understand, I retorted that I didn't know what he was saying.
At this, with typical Italian nonchalance he tore the page up, though he left it on
the pad ...
Malcésine is part of the province of Verona. After the Veronese League
had fought since 1162 successfully against Emperor Frederick Barbarossa,
Verona became the cultural centre of Northern Italy. From 1262 - 1387 the
Scaliger were reigning who also made build the castle in Malcésine.
In one of the castle´s rooms you´ll find reproductions of Goethe´s drawings on exhibition.
The then 37-year-old from Frankfurt was travelling as a German painter under the alias of
Filippo Miller. From Munich it had taken him five days to get here by stagecoach
in september 1786. Due to his drawings of the castle he almost got arrested as an Austrian
After all the Austrian spy-matter is not quintessentially absurd, as 11 years later
the provinces of Verona and Venice actually got under Austrian rule, until Verona
became part of the newly established Italian kingdom in 1866.
One has a real good view onto the lake and the Monte Baldo if one climbs up the 114
stairs of the thirty metre high tower.