Riva del Garda is a small town with about 17 thousand inhabitants at the northern end of Lake Garda. It definitely dates back to pre-Roman times but its origins are uncertain. From the Roman period onwards it has grown largely thanks to its strategic position for military defence, trade and, in more recent times, tourism. A closer look reveals that the town centre with its painted house fronts overlooking the old harbour still bears numerous traces of its colourful past.
This itinerary links up the main sights in the historic centre of Riva del Garda in an easy walk which is really suitable for all, even for baby buggies.
The more active might like to finish off the visit with a hike up to the Bastione, a Venetian fortress and spectacular viewing point towering above Riva.
This tour can be combined with the itinerary "Il Marocco, in the heart of Riva del Garda" for a more complete tour of the town centre as a whole.
Ristorante Pizzeria Leon D'Oro
Ristorante Pizzeria RivaMia
The telephone number for the emergency services is 112.
The information on this chart is subject to inevitable variations, so this means that none of the indications are absolute. It is not entirely possible to avoid giving inexact or imprecise information, given how quickly environmental and weather conditions can change. For this reason we decline any responsibility for changes which the user may encounter. In any case, the hiker is advised to check the conditions of the places, environment and weather before setting out.
Tips and hints
- There is documentary evidence of a settlement on the northern end of Lake Garda since Roman times (1st century). Some traces of it remain to the north of the historic centre: the Roman Baths, which can be seen in Via Roma, the necropolis in San Cassiano (currently closed to the public), and the sarcophagus which was moved to the Giardini Verdi park.
The medieval part of the city (Rocca, Apponale tower, harbour) is spread out between what is now viale Dante and the lake. This difference of position is explained by the fall in the water level of the lake between Roman times and the Middle Ages. Basically, the medieval quarter was built on land which in earlier times had been partially or completely under water.
- The Lungolago D'Annunzio promenade is dominated by the mass of the hydroelectric power station of Riva del Garda (see itinerary “Giancarlo Maroni, the architect of the lake”). Dolomiti Energia offers guided tours of the Ponale hydroelectric station. The tours, which must be booked in advance, are held all year round in Italian (and from spring to autumn in English and German). For bookings and information: Garda Trentino Tourist Offices and www.hydrotourdolomiti.it
- For more information on routes, activities, events and accommodation at lake Garda: APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444 - www.gardatrentino.it
Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino: www.gardatrentino.it
Free parking in Riva del Garda at the old hospital (via Rosmini) and the old cemetery (Viale D. Chiesa).
Pay parking at the Public Gardens Porta Orientale, Roman Baths, Viale Lutti (Ex Agraria), Monte Oro, Blue Garden.
Author’s map recommendations
EquipmentThis excursion is quite simple and presents no particular difficulty. However, we still recommend you to wear suitable footwear, a hat, sun screen and sunglasses. And be sure to bring water!
Basic Equipment for City Walks
- Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
- Comfortable clothing
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
- Cell phone
- Cash and cards
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.