Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Riva del Garda

While staying in the nearby village of Torbole years ago and taking a short drive through Riva, I quickly realized we were hanging out in the wrong town.  Riva del Garda is elegant and ritzy and gorgeous.  On the southern edge of the Italian Alps, near to the Dolomites, and nestled on the shores of Lake Garda in Italy, this harbor town has everything.

It's elegant and ritzy, but besides your lodging and dining, you don't have to spend much money in Riva because just strolling the winding streets of old town and walking alongside the lakefront is enough enjoyment to last for at least a couple's days' stay.

The municipality really takes care to beautify the town with flowers and trees and benches to enjoy the views and serenity.

Families with kids will enjoy the beaches and parks as well as the annual Fairy-Tale Nights festival every August, celebrated with music, dance, theater, and a fireworks display.  Other activities are windsurfing, hiking and biking in the surrounding mountains, or taking a pleasure cruise on the lake.

Many pleasure cruises are available on Lake Garda.

Ferries across Lake Garda to neighboring towns are frequent and affordable.  A terrific day trip from Riva is to the town of Malcesine.  Malcesine's majestic 13th century Castello Scaligero with its medieval tower is a prominent landmark on the lake.

From Malcesine, you can ride a cable car with rotating cabins up to the top of Monte Baldo, a 7,276 foot summit with astounding views of Lake Garda.

Explore Lake Garda by ferryboat, catamaran, or hydrofoil!


  1. Oh ja! This little town is really exciting and beautyful. Like the whole Lake Garda. I was once driving along the west coast and sure that I have to come back and stay for a little while - well never did but the next vacation will sure come... maybe...

    Have a wonderful new year and all the best wishes from Germany!
    Yours Katja

    1. Thank you, Katja, und auch viele gute Wünsche für das neue Jahr! Schöne Grüße!

  2. It looks beautiful! The first few photos actually remind me of the Mediterranean coast in France.

  3. Riva del Garda is a little jewel and you described it really good. Very interesting blog!
    Ciao Mary

  4. Big Mountains looking very beautiful behind the city houses. I never visit that place in my life but this blog helps me a lot by give much information about this holiday destination. I just save this link and try to show it to my friends so they can plan next month trip for us. Very grateful to you for share this!!


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