Dreaming of azure skies and clear blue waters? Want to bask in a Mediterranean climate and let the sun turn your skin ruddy gold? Longing to set sail on a beautiful lake and go where the wind takes you? With it’s sunny beaches, intense blue waters, palm trees, olive gardens - all surrounded by the a skyline of the Italian Alps - Riva del Garda will make you feel like you stepped into a dream.
Location: A Resort with a Historic Past
Located on the north-west corner of Lake Garda on the southern edge of the Italian Alps, lies the town of Riva del Garda, in northern Trento, Italy. A resort with a historic past, 12th century moats, buildings dating back to the Roman times, and a lively harbor; Riva del Garda is considered one of the top resorts for English-speaking tourists in Italy. This little commune is breathtaking within itself, but also conveniently close to other notable villages like Limone sul Garda and Malcesine. Venice is only a 2-hour drive away.
Culture: Two Harbors and a Lake
With its two harbors and embraced by the beautiful Lake Garda, Riva is the perfect destination for those who love the water. The environment is perfect for sailing and windsurfing as well as for swimming and basking under the sun. Rock climbing and mountain climbing are also popular activities. A regular ferry service can take you on a scenic water route around town and the surrounding areas. The waterfront promenade with its charming cafes, shops, lively bars, and delicious restaurants is sure to provide entertainment when the day is done.
Activities: A Step Back to the Medieval Times
With its historic, medieval past, Riva del Garda has more than just a few notable sites to see. One of them is the Museo Civico, an old medieval fortress by the lake. Surrounded by quadrangular bastions and protected by a drawbridge, it once belonged to the Scaligero family who ruled as Lords of Verona in 1124. Another notable site is the Torre Apponale, a tower located at the heart of town. An old lookout post in the 13th century, it is 34 meters high. Should you be inclined to scale it, the 165 steps to the top bring you to the Anzolim, a weather vane in the shape of a little angel. Legend has it that this angel, high above the whole town, protects Riva from its perch.