Riva del Garda in the north of Lake Garda
The pretty harbour town is a popular destination for bike tours and boat trips.
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Holidays in Riva del Garda

The port city on the northern shore of Lake Garda is a famous spa resort, has about 14,000 residents and is nicknamed "the beautiful". Rightly so ...

A walk through Riva del Garda is always a pleasure thanks to a well-preserved, well-kept and traffic-free old town and a lively city centre with beautiful houses, promenades, elegant boutiques and inviting bars and restaurants.

The city can look back on a long and eventful history. It was already known in ancient times, as there was a Roman navigation school and from the 11th century, all possible north Italian ruling families fought over the coveted harbour, which provided access to the Po Valley and therefore important trade connections.

In the 19th century, Riva del Garda finally became a famous spa town, frequented by many famous travellers, including Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann, Friedrich Nietzsche and Rainer Maria Rilke. To date, Riva del Garda has become a beautiful tourist centre with an interesting cultural and sports program. The chic spa guest will be just as satisfied here as the sporty surfer or the extended family with different interests.

You will always find a place to relax and unwind in one of the many peaceful spots such as the spacious swimming area with a wide pebble beach, the shady green areas, the waterfront promenades or the park. 

Sights in Riva del Garda

Piazza 3 Novembre

The beautiful square at the harbour is also the centre of the old town of Riva del Garda, surrounded by some stately old buildings, including the Palazzo Pretorio, the Palazzo del Provveditore and the Palazzo Municipale.

Torre Apponale

At the eastern end of Piazza 3 Novembre stands a more than 30 m high, fortified town tower, whose foundations date back to the 14th century and is now considered the landmark of Riva del Garda. The old city wall is no longer protected however three mighty gates testify to the size of the former defences.

Rocca di Riva (Water Castle) & Museum

The Castle on the waterfront goes back to the dynasty of Scaligeri, which ruled Riva del Garda in the 12th century. Over the years, the castle was modified again and again, until finally the city museum with exhibits of archaeology, painting and science were housed there.

Chiesa dell’Inviolata

The octagonal sacred building in the old town is one of the main cultural attractions of Riva del Garda. The rather unassuming church was built in the 17th century by an unknown architect from Portugal. The Baroque interior is magnificent, and every corner is decorated with frescoes, paintings and stucco work.

Cascata (waterfall) Varone

A detour to the surrounding area of ​​Riva del Garda should lead to Varone, where a roaring waterfall rushes down almost 100 meters. You can observe the glittering natural spectacle from two visitor platforms, which are accessible via paths and stairs.

Suitable accommodations in Riva del Garda
Hotel Savoy Palace - Tonelli Hotels  - Riva
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Your 360° experience on Lake Garda. The ideal holiday for relaxation, sport and fun with friends or family.
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Aris Apartments & Sky Pool - Tonelli Hotels  - Riva
up to -10%
New apartments for a vacation as a couple or with a group of friends. Sky pool terrace with 360° panoramic view!
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Hotel Portici - Romantik & Wellness  - Riva
from 70€
Centrally located hotel with free access to the wellness center, a restaurant, free private parking, bike deposit and free e-bike charging station.
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Hotel Sole - Relax & Panorama  - Riva
from 70€
An elegant 4-star hotel directly on the lake with private parking, restaurant, pizzeria and small private spa. There is also a bike depot and a free e-bike charging station.
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Hotel Kristal Palace - Tonelli Hotels  - Riva
up to -10%
Live your holiday dream in a romantic and exclusive atmosphere! We offer a top service at top prices!
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Villa Phoenix  - Riva del Garda
from 69€
Cozy and comfortable apartments just 30 meters far from the beach and 1 km far from the center of Riva del Garda!
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Garda Suite Hotel - Tonelli Hotels  - Riva
NEW
OPENING JUNE 2024 - Completely renovated 4*S hotel just 100 metres from the lake. With spacious and modern suites, gourmet breakfast and outdoor pool.
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Hotel Europa - SkyPool & Panorama  - Riva
from 69€
Trentino Guest Card free of charge ... a cultural voyage of discovery with many inclusive services! Convenient private parking, bike depot, small pool and free charging station for electric bikes and cars.
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The accommodations at Riva del Garda were rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by 216 users.
Belfiore Park Hotel  |  in Brenzone
Directly at the lake with private shore