Riva is brilliant in September if you want to stay somewhere with a bustling Italian town atmosphere. While the smaller, more tourist focussed resorts can become a lot quieter after the peak season, Riva remains animated and offers lots to see and do throughout the year from history and culture to water and land sports.
September’s weather is usually mild and sunny in Riva, with occasional rainy spells. Riva’s historic and religious attractions (including Saint Francis’ convent and the Museum of Riva del Garda) are great for visiting if you’re caught in a shower and, with the peak summer months behind you, these attractions are usually less busy. As Lake Garda’s oldest town, Riva’s town centre is a fantastic place to explore and discover all sorts of shops as well as charming cafes and gelaterias.
One of the cooler, breezier lake resorts, Riva is an excellent place to stay in September if you want a holiday packed with active experiences of the area. When it comes to activity holidays, Riva is best known for sailing and windsurfing and rightly so, as both are fantastic here but that’s really just the tip of the iceberg. For walks in clear weather, wander around the Archducal Park or inside the walls of Il Bastione. There are also some brilliant mountain biking trails leading to Torbole or Limone, allowing you to experience other Lake Garda towns under your own steam.
In summary, September holidays in Riva are brilliant: you’re avoiding the summer heat and crowds but can still enjoy plenty of sunshine in an animated, cosmopolitan town atmosphere. If you like the sound of Riva’s weather in September and, for somewhere more laid back a visit to Torbole is perfect. For somewhere with hotter weather in September visit Desenzano.