Riva del Garda, a town at the northern end of Italy's Lake Garda, is best known for its world-class sailing competitions and spectacular views. In the shadow of the Italian Alps, Riva del Garda is a year-round tourist destination for outdoors enthusiasts seeking hiking, water sports and other active adventures.
The closest international airport serviced by major airlines is Venice's Marco Polo International Airport. Budget airline Ryanair flies to Brescia Airport which is just 12 miles from Lake Garda and 50 miles from Riva del Garda. Rail service goes to the city, and there are a number of direct bus services from major Italian cities.
When to Go
The weather is warm and pleasant between May and October, although July and August are the best months for water sports. Winter is a good time if you enjoy being surrounded by snowy peaks.
Riva del Garda has two harbors that are ideal for sailing and windsurfing. There are opportunities for rock climbing and hiking in the surrounding areas.
You can visit the city's Civil Museum, stroll in Piazza III Novembre and check out the medieval fortress on the lake.
Nearby Outdoor Attractions
Varone Falls, Tenno Lake and Lago di Ledro are all beautiful water spots within a short drive.
Article Written By Heather Carreiro
Heather Carreiro is a certified English teacher who has been writing since 2008. The editor of Matador Abroad, her work has appeared online at BootsnAll, Matador Network, GoNOMAD, Journey Beyond Travel and Expat Women. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is pursuing a Master of Arts in English at Bridgewater State University.