This bustling jewel of the lake at the dramatic end of Garda with its shoreline dotted with palm, olive and bay trees and boasting some lovely bays and ports surrounding it to explore
Situated at the dramatic Northern end of Lake Garda lies the bustling town of Riva del Garda. The second largest town on the lake it is often referred to as 'the jewel of Lake Garda' thanks to its breathtaking setting and colourful historical centre. Surrounded by olive trees, lemon trees and palms, this atmospheric town of winding streets and waterfront squares, was once part of Austria, giving it a truly unique feel. The surrounding majestic mountains and lake offer a wealth of sporting opportunities meaning here, there really is something for everyone.
What to do
Inside the old town, head to the Museo Alta Gardo. Situated inside Riva's ancient medieval castle, this fascinating and extensive museum covers archaeology, art and life around Garda. There is also a fun, hands on section for younger visitors.
In the old town's main square you will find the Torre Apponale. This impressive tower, standing at 34 meters tall, is worth the climb to the top for the spectacular views across Riva and the surrounding lake. Enjoy a stroll along the lakefront promenade, stretching from the centre of town to the foot of Monte Briona, approx. 30 mins away. Stop at one of the lakeside 'beaches' some of the most impressive around the lake and perfect for a morning swim.
Just out of town you will find the Varone waterfall. This spectacular 100-meter waterfall has carved a dramatic gorge into the rocks down to a pool below. Climb the series of walkways and balconies to admire the cascading waters.
For the energetic there are no shortage of sporting activities. Thanks to the strong mountain winds, this northern end of the lake is incredibly popular with windsurfers and kitesurfers as well as those looking to sail. There are also plenty of hiking paths and cycling paths to be explored as well as climbing and canyoning to be done.
Where to eat
For fine dining head to Ristorante La Berlera. Set in cave like rooms carved into a pre-historic site this restaurants offers a truly unique setting. Enjoy a creative menu of local specialities, a carefully selected wine list and faultless service.
For unrivalled views try Ristorante Pizzeria Bar e Gelataria L'Ora. This striking glass walled restaurant offers panoramic views of the lake and harbour. A buzzy restaurant offering simple pasta and seafood dishes.
For a cosy restaurant offering traditional fare try Osteria Il Gallo. This trattoria, nestled underneath the arches of one of Rivas lakeside squares, offers locally sought produce and fresh lake fish.
For the best gelato in town head to Cristallo Caffe. Serving more than 60 flavours of artisanal gelato, produced by the the same family since 1892, this lakeside establishment is the perfect place to stop off. It's also a top spot to enjoy a spritz while enjoying lake views.
How to get there
The nearest train station is located at Rovereto (20km) to the East. From Rovereto there is a shuttle bus service to the Northern end of the lake.
The nearest airports are located at Brescia (76km) Verona (91km) Bergamo (130km) Milan (172/211km) and Venice (206km). If arriving by car you will exit the main North/South, Trento/Verona motorway from there travelling through the mountains to Riva del Garda. In the summer months there is a daily bus service for day trippers to Venice and Verona.
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