italy: a photo guide to riva del garda

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RIVA DEL GARDA

 

Riva del Garda has become my summer escape number 1 and the only place it is actually possible for me to not gain weight during a vacation!

Riva del Garda (often also just referred to as Riva) is situated at the tip of the Lake Garda between Monte Rocchetta to the west and Monte Brione to the east. Riva is a popular finsihing point for mountainbikers crossing the Alps, and it is clear that sports tourism is a dominant income factor here. You find tons of places to rent surf boards, mountainbikes, paddle boards, kayaks and so on. This vibe naturally influences your lust to be active everyday. A typical day would start with a short hike to Monte Brione to take in the breathtaking view over the lake. Afternoons are perfect for water sports as the win starts blowing in from the south. 

But sports aside, evenings are best spent inside of the town Riva del Garda, as it certainly has a lot to offer when it comes to charming, colorful streets, historic places and food spots, while at the same time it still feels like a well-kept secret amongst travelers.

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WHERE TO EAT

Ristorante Pizzeria Leon D'Oro ❉ classical, family-owned italian restaurant, with focus on sea food

Nuovo 900 da Lucio ❉ great wine and informal atmosphere. 

Enosteria I Momenti ❉ best luxury pizza in town

Ristorante Osteria Il Gallo ❉ A very nice restaurant hidden away in a courtyard Piazza San Rocco next to a beautiful small chapel

 

WHERE TO STAY

LAC DU PARC ❉ hidden gem just a little outside of Riva del Garda with a beautiful garden

 

WHAT TO DO

Start your morning with a "short" trek to Monte Brione 

Rent a stand-up paddle board and explore the coast region of Riva Del Garda

Go crazy shopping local products such as olive oil, Limoncello and pasta

Hike to the Chapel of Santa Barbara, as well as to the Madonna Statue

Stop by the most charming book store Casa Editrice Benacense Di Giupponi Mario

If you are mountainbike-beginner, a biking tour to charming "Dro" is a must