Riva is the biggest city of the northern part of Lake Garda and belongs to Trento district. With more than twenty thousand citizens, also Riva is completely different from many other small towns and villages you can find near the Lake Garda.
In spite of that, traditions and culture can be felt here in a deeper way than, for example, in Peschiera del Garda. This is probably due to the position and building of the towns; while Peschiera extend horizontally like a seaside city, Riva extend more vertically, like an old fortress.
Riva del Garda is a beautiful city and every year thousands of tourists spend their holidays here. There are many fascinating monuments to see, like the huge Chiesa dell’ Inviolata in Baroque style, or the old Pretorian Palace, built over an old Roman construction. You can admire old roman stones kept inside. We strongly suggest you also a visit to the beautiful fortress of Riva del Garda, one of the few military buildings with a lift bridge still working.
If you like music, then you have a reason more to visit Riva; during the year, there are many different festivals you can attend. From the famous Musica Riva Festival, for Tenors and Sopranos, to the Coral International Festival. And also “Flicorno d’Oro” (Gold Tenor Horn), the most important music band festival of Italy; finally the Garda Jazz Festival, dedicated to Jazz, Blues and Soul bands.
Riva also offers other kind of attractions, like art expositions, theatre performances and so on, in particular during summer. Travelling to Riva is easy, the city is well connected by the freeway and railroad. Accomodations are always available, thanks to an impressive amount of hotels and Bed & Breakfast.
In conclusion, we can say that Riva can be a good location for your holiday, even if you are not planning to move around. The city has enough to offer and you wont get bored. Also the food and the aromatic wine will please you, making this trip an experience you’ll remember.
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