The living painting about which we would like to tell you is Riva del Garda, a town situated on the northern shore of Lake Garda. Unlike other lake villages it will give the idea of being in a small city. A feeling evoked by the presence of both small alleys with tiny boutiques and bigger avenues hosting large shops with important brands. Riva is one of the most northern Mediterranean towns, located right below Monte Rocchetta on the west and Monte Baldo on the east. It represents the beginning in which Lake Garda was created, after the glacier melted.
Traveling along the Gardesana, you will know that you have almost reached this town, when you will find yourself in front of a crescent-shaped rock barrier. This is the huge rock known as Monte Brione which slopes gently into the water forming a natural boundary between Torbole and Riva. If the time allows you to, we recommend that you visit this rock along the amazing Sentiero della Pace: Path of Peace.
Riva del garda: a living painting
There are many ways to admire all the geomorphological beauty of Riva del Garda. The simplest is to go to the lakeside, which stands out from all the others thanks to the elegant balustrade and the Renaissance-style garden. The reflection of the mountains on the water along with this finishing and the many flowers will make you feel part of a painting. A view that inspired illustrious figures like Nietzsche, Kafka and the Mann Brothers.
Among the most important attractions of Riva, you will find the panoramic lift able to take you up to Bastione Veneziano in only 2 minutes. Trekking lovers must try to make time (approx. 4 hours) to go to Pregasina. A small hamlet at the beginning of Valle di Ledro that leads up to a natural terrace 907 metres above sea level. A place known as Punta Larici which will blow your mind with its breath-taking view on lake Garda.
Thanks to the presence of the mountains around Riva, the town benefits of a mild climate, also during winter! Unlike other lake villages, it has a continuous breeze which makes you perceive less the humidity in the air during the hot months. At the same time though, the water is colder than that of the towns in the south. Taking a swim here will certainly be a refreshing experience!
Parco Grotta Cascata del Varone
Maybe you have already about Parco Grotta Cascata del Varone? Well, this waterfall-park is actually not so far from Riva del Garda! During your visit, you have the option of admiring this waterfall from two different observation points. One in the lower cave in which you will be able to see, the final impact of the waterfall. The second observation point is 40 meters higher, set in a spot able to show you the impressive force of nature.
What to see in Riva del Garda
If you end up strolling around the center of Riva in search of history, the Rocca is definitely a MUST-visit. A place in which you can view prehistoric, medieval and modern finds. Another point of interest is the Torre Apponnale. Guard of the harbour and characterized by the clock, with on top a weathervane representing the Anzolim, which is a bronze angel.
Another interesting sight near the center, is the majestic hydroelectric power station of Riva, which offers guided tours for both adults and children. An architectural gem designed by the engineer Maroni and which combines aesthetics and ecology.
Excursion to Riva del Garda
Every year, from April to October, GardaLanding offers the chance to participate in our Gardalake Tour, which also includes a stretch by ferry. One of our guides will lead you to four of the most fascinating towns on lake Garda. Among those: the amazing Riva del Garda! For further information: Gardalake Tour – from WEST coast and Gardalake Tour – from EAST coast
Events in Riva del Garda
The Notte di Fiaba (Fairytale Night) is an event not to be missed if your visit to Riva is scheduled in August. This event says goodbye to summer by turning the village into a fantasy location.
If you’re keen on bikes, the FSA BIKE Festival of Riva will conquer you with three days of exhibitions, presentations and engaging sport competitions, all focused on MTB, eMTB, lifestyle and much more.
The event X Strada (In the Street) is a perfect choice for an alternative evening on August 15th in the streets of Riva. An event with live music up until midnight.
Weekly market in Riva del Garda
The weekly markets on Lake Garda are loved by both guests who visit the lake as by the locals. In Riva del Garda the weekly market in the historic center takes place every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. The farmers’ market instead takes place in via Roma every Friday from 08:00 to 13:30.