riva del Garda: my personal guide
Summer is now almost, and have you considered where to spend your next summer holiday? Well, I am laying sick in bed at home, which already drives my mind towards warmer and nicer places, where catching a cold every second week seems far from likely. With this weather shift (hello, spring - shouldn't you be here by now?) everything seems even more depressing and certainly sets fire to those itchy feet of mine. I came across this folder with pictures from a fantastic vacation I had just 2 years ago, a place my parents actually return to every year. Surprise, also this year. Who can blame them? Riva del Garda is one of the most charming places I have seen so far; I simply loved waking up every morning to this special light and colors, just looking at the pictures now makes me very happy.
The purpose of this series of photo story is to transform the same feeling over to you, when introducing you to a destination with a colorful town, local restaurants, endless sports opportunity, breath-taking landscape, diverse hiking- and mountainbike trails and clear blue water through imagery.
fAVORITE THINGS ABOUT RIVA DEL GARDA
Riva del Garda (often also just referred to as Riva) is located at the tip of the Lake Garda. Lake Garda is actually a very common holiday destination, but for some reason the most people I have talked to so far are more familiar with the south region of Lake Garda, where camping more or less dominates. However, the main motivation for coming to Riva del Garda is definitely sport (trekking, walking, windsurfing, mountain biking,..), and this is actually very visible when looking at the type of tourists you find here.
But sports aside, because Riva del Garda certainly has a lot to offer when it comes to charming, colorful streets, historic places and food spots.
Here is a couple of my favorite things about Riva Del Garda:
1. THE PHOTOGHENIC SIDE OF RIVA
Riva del Garda is colorful and will fascinate you with many small, charming streets, flowers and interesting local people. You can easily spend a couple of hours walking around photographing, as every corner makes a really good motive. Also do not forget to look up, often it is here the real beauty can be spotted.
I was lucky to have a brand new canon 760D with me along on the trip, and I think my sisters started to get a little annoyed with me for having them pose in front of pink walls and flowers all the time. My favorite "photo area" is around the harbor, down the lane called 'Via Giancarlo Maroni' - it is right before entering Riva del Garda coming from the beach area next to the beautiful Hotel Lido. I took the two following pictures in this area:
2. NARROW STREETS AND LOCAL PRODUCTS
Because of the mild climate lemon trees, olive trees, laurels and palm trees grow here at the foot of the Dolomites as nicely as on a true Mediterranean island, which is also why you will see the product Limoncello quiet a lot. While it is not a unique product to Lake Garda, as Limoncello is also produced around the Amalfi Coast, it is still highly visible in the streets. If anything, the colorful bottles do look inviting. But make sure to ask into the products when buying, to make sure you buy something that is actually from one of the few remaining citrus groves around the lake. If you are a food lover like me, you will love all the small delicacy shops centered around olive oils, diary products like “Formaggella di Tremosine” and Grana Padano, honey, colorful pasta and local wines.