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Riva del Garda is an elegant historic resort town situated at the northern tip of Lake Garda in Trentino. Because of its scenic beauty, warm and sunny climate, and direct rail access from Austria and Bavaria, Riva is a hub for international tourism.


Lake Garda from the Riva

Picturesque Riva lies on the northern shores of Lake Garda at the foot of Mt. Brione. Since the second half of the 19th century the town became popular with European royalty and American billionaires. Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary Francesco Ferdinando, Russian Great Duchess Olga Alexandrova and American businessman Alfred Vanderbilt I, were frequent visitors to this charming lakeside town. Lavish buildings surrounded by evergreen parks were constructed to accommodate and entertain Riva's distinguished guests. The majority of visitors are still of German and Russian nationality.

Get in[edit]

The nearest airports are in Verona (85 km), Brescia (75 km), Bergamo (130 km).

The nearest railway station is in Rovereto (20 km from Riva del Garda). The DB Bahn has daily connections to/from Rovereto Station.

Get around[edit]

The historic centre of Riva is compact enough to easily be traversed on foot and, to that effect, mostly pedestrianized. To improve access from residences and hotels farther afield, the provincial authority operates four bus routes[dead link] reaching as far as neighbouring municipalities. Visitors overnighting in Trentino may receive a Trentino Guest Card at their place of accommodation, which provides the right to travel on all public transit within Trentino for free.


Interior of Santa Maria Assunta in Riva del Garda
  • 1 Palazzo Pretorio (Municipio). dating from 1375
  • 2 Torre Apponale. The Apponale Tower is a landmark of Riva. It is the medieval belfry Torre Apponale dating from 13th century. It is possible to ascend the 165 steps that lead to the top of the tower. €2.
  • 3 Rocca Scaligera (Rocca di Riva), 3/A, Piazza Cesare Battisti, +39 0464 573869. An old fortress surrounded by a moat with a drawbridge houses Museo di Riva del Garda (MAG) the civic museum. There are 3 permanent exhibitions there. The Picture Gallery includes landscape paintings by 19th-century artists.
  • 4 Chiesa dell'Inviolata, Largo Medaglie d'Oro, 5, +39 0464 554 444, +39 0464 520 308. Church of the Inviolata is a good example of Baroque architecture designed by a Portuguese architect.


Ponale trail


  • The Path of Ponale, (or Alpine trail D 01), running from Riva to 1 Ledro Lake, is the easiest and most rewarding of all the trekking routes. It's a former highway constructed between 1848 and 1851 and closed to traffic in 1998.
  • 2 Busatte-Tempesta path - easy panoramic path starting at the adventure park.
  • 3 Nago's giant kettle, A path from Nago will lead you to the "Marmitte dei Giganti", glacial excavation wells dating back from the Quaternary era.
  • 4 Mount Baldo is accessible through a network of panoramic routes or through a cable car from the village of 5 Malcesine.



  • Riva Music Festival.
  • Garda Jazz Festival.



  • 1 Ristorante Il Veliero. Yummy pizzas baked in the oven.
  • Emozioni ristorante (Emozioni restaurant), Viale Giosue' Carducci 17, +39 380 497 4191, . Daily 12:00-15:00, 19:00-22:00. Gourmet restaurant with refined dishes and quality ingredients. 4€.


  • 1 [dead link] Marina Beach Club. The most glamorous dance club in town.
  • 2 Sailing Bar, 136, Viale Rovereto (Saint Nicolo Marina), +39 338 215 8584. Cocktail bar.




  • 4 Lido Palace Hotel, 10, Via Carducci. 5-star hotel.
  • 5 Du Lac et Du Parc Grand Resort, 44, Viale Rovereto. 4-star hotel.
  • Hotel Savoy Palace Riva del Garda, 10, Via Longa, +39 0464 554242. 4-star hotel.
  • Grand Hotel Liberty, 3/5, Viale Carducci. 4-star hotel.
  • Astoria Park Hotel, 9, Viale Trento. 4-star hotel.


Go next[edit]

  • Rovereto — for Mart, a fascinating Contemporary and Modern Art Museum. And for the nearest railway station.
  • Arco — for climbing and hiking.
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