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Visit Riva del Garda

A Mediterranean climate, sunny beaches and a mountain backdrop are the key ingredients of a Lake Garda holiday, combining enchanting views with unforgettable thrills.

Riva del Garda is the main town in the Garda Trentino area, where the opportunity to play sport in contact with nature is the main reason that draws visitors to the coastline. Sailing and windsurfing above all, but also hiking, Nordic walking, cycling, mountain biking, tennis and canoeing... you’ll be spoilt for choice, with something to suit all tastes. The centre of Riva del Garda is fascinating for its art and architecture, evidence of a past rich in culture. Here you can enjoy the pleasure of a first-class holiday, surrounded by history, art, sport and nature, as well as warm hospitality, modern hotel accommodation, wellness centres and restaurants serving the traditional dishes of the Trentino… just some of the reasons to plan a holiday in Riva del Garda.

Riva del Garda is also the trade fair capital of the Trentino, boasting modern exhibition and conference facilities and a long international experience of organising major cultural and sporting events. The centre of Riva del Garda looks out over the lake and invokes the past, starting from Piazza III Novembre, surrounded by Lombard Venetian style buildings, including the Torre Apponale, Palazzo Pretorio and Town Hall. Following a complete restoration, you can now climb the 165 steps to the top of the tower and admire the geometric pattern of the square, which borders on the quay, the town of Riva and the beautiful blue waters of Lake Garda. The Palazzo Pretorio, which dates from the sixteenth century, is the place where justice was administered and the superintendent ensured the town’s statutes were respected. The wall facing the square bears the crest of Prince-Bishop George of Neideck, dating from 1509, the year which marked the end of Venetian rule.

Another unmissable site is the ancient Rocca, which now houses the MAG Museo Alto Garda and Art Gallery. The Rocca is a long-standing feature of the local history and has adapted its appearance to the changing centuries. In the early sixteenth century, it was embellished and became an occasional residence of the Prince-Bishops. It was radically transformed in the mid-nineteenth century, when it became an Austro-Hungarian army barrack and lost its medieval and Renaissance features. The recent renovation has brought some of the original structures to light and made it suitable to house the Civic Museum and Art Gallery. The view from the keep is beautiful and unmissable.

Other fine examples of Baroque architecture in the city include the Chiesa dell´Inviolata and the church dedicated to Saint Mary of the Assumption. The Chiesa dell’Inviolata is the most important monument in Riva, an elegant baroque building with a square plan outside and octagonal plan inside, including five altars, one with frescoes and stucco, carved wood confessionals and marble floors. The Chiesa Parrocchiale di S. Maria Assunta stands in the centre of Riva del Garda and looks out over the wide expanse of Piazza Cavour. The existing building, first mentioned in the 1100s, is a Baroque reconstruction with a single nave inside and a side chapel of the Suffrage.

The Garda Trentino area has the perfect ingredients for a healthy and relaxing holiday. Sport, nature, culture and the famous spas, wellness centres, extensive parks and countryside walks are the perfect combination to revive your body and mind. Around Christmas time, there is a traditional market of stalls set up around the city’s squares selling gifts and typical Christmas products. The Garda Trentino area will never cease to amaze you, thanks to the hundreds of feasts, food fairs and traditions you can enjoy with our holiday packages to Riva del Garda.

Top hotels in Riva del Garda

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Du Lac et Du Parc Grand Resort
Du Lac et Du Parc Grand Resort
4 out of 5
Viale Rovereto 44, Riva del Garda, TN

With direct access to the beach, this Riva del Garda hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Porto San Nicolo, La Rocca and Tower of Apponale. Spiaggia dei Sabbioni and ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (407 reviews)

"Well located, good accommodation for families (we stayed in the bungalows), good breakfast"…"

Reviewed on 3 Nov 2019

Du Lac et Du Parc Grand Resort
Grand Hotel Liberty
Grand Hotel Liberty
4 out of 5
Viale Carducci 3/5, Riva del Garda, TN
£52
per night
Feb 20 - Feb 21

Located in the heart of Riva del Garda, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fiera di Riva del Garda, La Rocca, and Tower of Apponale. Fraglia Vela Riva ...

4.1/5Very Good! (334 reviews)

"We had a very modern room which suited us very well. It was kept immaculate by the friendly lady who serviced it. The hotel is an interesting mix of old and new, the indoor pool was lovely and warm and the reclining area beside it was very pleasant. Breakfast Buffet had a good range of items to choose ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Sep 2019

Grand Hotel Liberty
Astoria Park Hotel SPA Resort
Astoria Park Hotel SPA Resort
4 out of 5
Viale Trento, 9, Riva del Garda, TN
£78
per night
Jan 21 - Jan 22

This family-friendly Riva del Garda hotel is located on a lake, within a 15-minute walk of Fiera di Riva del Garda and La Rocca. Tower of Apponale and Arboretum ...

4.2/5Very Good! (285 reviews)

"Amazing. Loved it so much we extended our stay, amazing place!"…"

Reviewed on 29 Aug 2019

Astoria Park Hotel SPA Resort

Popular things to do in Riva del Garda

La Rocca
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La Rocca

4.5/5(9 reviews)

Find out about the history of Riva del Garda when you take a trip to La Rocca. Stroll along the lakeside or discover the mountain views in this quaint area.

Fiera di Riva del Garda
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Fiera di Riva del Garda

Fiera di Riva del Garda is just one of the places to see in Riva del Garda, so why not enjoy the other things to explore during your travels? Stroll along the lakeside or discover the mountain views in this quaint area.

Tower of Apponale
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Tower of Apponale

4/5(6 reviews)

You can find out about the history of Riva del Garda with a stop at Tower of Apponale. Stroll along the lakeside or discover the mountain views in this quaint area.

Lake Molveno
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Lake Molveno

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Lake Molveno, a popular spot to commune with nature in Molveno. Wander the parks and lakeside while you're in the area.

Lake Ledro
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Lake Ledro

4.5/5(6 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Lake Ledro, a popular spot to commune with nature in Ledro. Stroll along the lakeside or experience the area's museums.

Lake Idro
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Lake Idro

5/5(11 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Lake Idro, a popular spot to commune with nature in Idro. Make some time to visit the monuments while you're in the area.

Top activities in Riva del Garda

Lake Garda Hiking - Private excursion (1 day)
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Lake Garda Hiking - Private excursion (1 day)

£68

Enjoy a nice private hike in the surroundings of Lake Garda! In our company you will hike safely and without stress: in this way, you will not get lost, you will not be caught up in a thunderstorm, and you will have plenty of time to enjoy the beauty of Lake Garda and its Mediterranean climate.

Lake Garda Hiking - Multi day private tour (2 to 6 days)
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Lake Garda Hiking - Multi day private tour (2 to 6 days)

£102

A multi-day hiking tour on Lake Garda means traveling around the biggest Italian lake, its Mediterranean climate and its nature. This hike has a special meaning, not only for nature but also for culture, heritage, hospitality and food.

Venice Airport (VCE) - Riva del Garda / Private Transfer (up to 3 pax)
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Venice Airport (VCE) - Riva del Garda / Private Transfer (up to 3 pax)

£116

Comfort transfer from Venice Airport Marco Polo (VCE) to Riva del Garda one way or roundtrip up to 3 passengers, 3 bags. We are taxiGo.online Company; we organize transfers via Italy since 2010.

Venice Airport (VCE) - Riva del Garda / Private Transfer (up to 8 pax)
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Venice Airport (VCE) - Riva del Garda / Private Transfer (up to 8 pax)

£49

Comfort transfer from Venice Airport Marco Polo (VCE) to Riva del Garda one way or roundtrip up to 8 passengers, 8 bags. We are taxiGo.online Company; we organize transfers via Italy since 2010.

Sirmione: 1.5-Hour Isola Del Garda Private Boat Tour
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Sirmione: 1.5-Hour Isola Del Garda Private Boat Tour

£35

If you are looking for a special way to see the most beautiful island of Garda Lake, this is exactly what you are looking for.

Garda Thermal Park Entry Ticket
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Garda Thermal Park Entry Ticket

£19

Your ticket is valid for one entry to the Thermal Park of Garda, where you can soak in the Thermal Lakes, whirlpools, and baths. The Thermal Park of Garda is a 'unique natural spa' of 13 acres surrounded by rare plants and trees with thermal lakes, swimming pools, a wellness center, and a fitness facility.

Reviews of Riva del Garda

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Verified traveler

Nov 1, 2019

A relaxing town, quiet, great location at head of Lake Garda

5/5 - Excellent

AndyT

Oct 15, 2019

It needs to be on everyone’s bucket list!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 14, 2019

Just an incredible place! Lots of restaurants / cafes etc. It’s one of those places you must see! A perfect location to unwind and appreciate the stunning landscape and what it has to offer.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 29, 2019

An absolutely stunning and picturesque holiday destination and one that should not be missed.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 27, 2019

Beautiful, we was very lucky with the weather too, going at the beginning of Autumn we expected to be colder and maybe more rain. This was our second visit and it was just as amazing as last time.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 26, 2019

A wonderful place to stay. A few must stops. Sailing du lac - great we did it all, Alla T’ore restaurant 62 years in business and we know why. Wonderful food and wine. Gelateria cristallo ice cream and cocktails . So much to do we will be back 