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Riva holidays

This old town’s maze of cobbled streets is bursting with a variety of terrace cafes, restaurants, shops and hotels. Situated at the foot of the Dolomites with superb scenery, lush vegetation and a Mediterranean climate, Riva is an ideal destination with activities to attract all ages.

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Activities

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At a glance: • Europe’s sailing capital • Bustling Italian town

Great for: • Water sports • Mountains • History • Shopping

This old town’s maze of cobbled streets is bursting with a variety of terrace cafes, restaurants, shops and hotels. Situated at the foot of the Dolomites with superb scenery, lush vegetation and a Mediterranean climate, Riva is an ideal destination with activities to attract all ages.

Riva Guide

Set on the northern end of the lake, thriving and cosmopolitan Riva is the second biggest town on Lake Garda.

This is a place oozing style and character with 12th century architecture and little shop-lined side streets leading into wide bustling squares of elegant cafes and eateries. See our Restaurants and Bars pages for where to eat and drink. Besides fantastic shopping opportunity, Riva has lovely parks, playgrounds and museums as well as beautiful pebbled beaches and a long promenade leading to Torbole.

Enjoy a relaxing warm summer evening with an ice cream or glass of local wine while you watch the sun set before sampling some of the town’s vibrant nightlife.

When it comes to getting around, an excellent ferry and hydrofoil regular buses provide easy access other lake resorts. The nearest train station is Rovereto which is about 30 minutes drive away.

Stats & FAQ

Where: Northern shore, Lake Garda

Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Verona (VRN)83.3km, 1h
Brescia (VBS)76.1km, 1h20mins
Milan Malpensa (MXP)213km, 2h30mins
Nearby towns: Limone, Torbole
City Excursions:Verona, Venice, Florence, Milan
Other excursions:Verona Opera, Lake Garda tour, The Dolomites, Wine Tour, Bolzano and Renon, Mantova and Parc Sigurta

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How do you pronounce Riva? “Ree-va”

Events & Activities

From world championship regattas to international music festivals and competitions, Riva has the most and biggest events of all the Lake Garda towns featuring the biggest names in the business – to find out more about what’s on, read our Events page.

Wind and water sports are hugely popular in Lake Garda, especially the northern resorts where the wind is stronger and more reliable. With Riva being the sailing capital of Europe, this is the perfect place to try your hand at sailing, from dinghy to catamaran or windsurfing. The activities on solid ground are equally as impressive, with a good range of well marked walking and cycle routes as well as a number of Via Ferrata courses.

A good few of our holiday options can include pre-bookable windsurfing, dinghy, kayaking and bike options, including hire and lessons. Read more about what to do and see on our Activities page.

History & Culture

This old town has played a huge role throughout the history of Lake Garda - particularly during the wars and invasions - and you can really sense the town’s colourful history. Discover Roman remains, medieval buildings and the artistic and cultural influence of the predominantly German and Austrian population of the town before WW1.

You’ll find many castles and fortresses including the 12th Century Rocca that dominates the waterfront (now home to the Civic museum), castles in nearby Drena and Arco and the Penede ruins in Nago.

Riva has many fine buildings with sophisticated architecture, notably the colourful Piazza Tre Novembre and the lovely baroque churches. For a real taste of local life, attend the weekly market which takes place on Wednesday mornings. Various art shows and exhibitions can also be enjoyed throughout the year.

For more information about Riva’s fascinating past, visit our History page.

Best time to go

Best time to visit Riva

When is the best time to visit Riva?

The great thing about this being one of the biggest Lake Garda towns is that even if you’re not visiting during peak months, there’s always a bustling town atmosphere. The constant winds received by the north end of Lake Garda are lovely and refreshing in the summer, taking an edge off temperatures around 30°C in June, July and August. The same winds can make the area feel quite cool in milder months like May and October – perfect if you prefer this kind of climate or are planning an active holiday and don’t want to contend with the heat and humidity of the Italian summer months.

May can feel quite cool here with the presence of the winds, so if you’re planning a week of non-stop action this is a fantastic time to go. Read more here.

June is usually a big month for regattas in Garda, soak up the summer sun from one of the beaches and enjoy the action. Find out about the weather in June and good things to do here.

July sees hot Italian sunshine and various events throughout the month – find out more here.

August’s soaring temperatures are complimented with a refreshing breeze in Riva, making it no surprise that this is one of the most popular places to stay in August. Click here for climate charts and what’s on.

September is one of our favourite months for holidays in Riva. Find climate information and an idea of what Riva is like at this time of year here.

Find out about October’s milder weatherand the best things to do during holidays in October here.

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