The Lake Garda town Riva Del Garda is situated at the far north of the lake in the province of Trento. It lies in the shadow of the Dolomite mountains in the Trentino Alto Adige region. The town which is also know simply as Riva has a colourful history having many rulers, including Republic of Venice, the Bishopric of Trent0, the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy. Prior to World War 1 it belonged to the Austro-Hungarian empire and only became a part of the Kingdom of Italy at the end of the War.
The town is dominated by La Rocca, a medieval fortress which is today the home of the Civic museum.
Riva has two harbours and being in the motor boat free zone Riva is perfect for those with and interest in water-sports such as windsurfing, kiting and sailing. There are a number of companies that offer taster lessons or in depth courses if you are looking to get started in these activities.
Due to it’s close proximity to the Dolomites and Pre-alps Riva is also a popular destination for those with an interest in rock climbing, mountain biking and walking /hiking. For walkers and bikers there is also Old Ponale trail that lead up the Monte di Riva to the Ponale river and its beautiful waterfall.
The 16th century Piazza III Novembre is the main square which is dominated by the Torre Apponale. Once an ancient centre for trade and fairs, it is now a great place to dine or take an aperitivo and watch the world go by.
Pay a visit to the Spiaggia degli Olivi, an art deco lakeside restaurant dating back to 1934, commissioned by Gabriele D’Annunzio, built by Giancarlo Maroniin. It offers fantastic food, ice cream and aperitivi and a terrace with fantastic views down the lake.