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Santa Barbara Church

Address: Monte Rocchetta, 38066 Riva Del Garda, Italy
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Type: Churches & cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The small Chapel to Saint Barbara (m 625 – h 1,45 from Riva del Garda), was built in 1935 by the...
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Type: Churches & cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The small Chapel to Saint Barbara (m 625 – h 1,45 from Riva del Garda), was built in 1935 by the miners who worked on the conduits of the Ponale power plant. It is placed in a horrid and daring, yet panoramic position, on the slope of Mount Rocchetta near the start of the penstocks feeding the hydroelectrical plant. The Chapel is visible from afar thanks to nighttime lighting.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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68 reviews 68 reviews
21 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Visisted the church while on a trip to a conference with a group of colleagues. The weather was lovely and the little church was amazing. We even had a picnic there. A not-too-be-missed attraction while in Riva!!

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Portarlington, Ireland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

hell of a climb legs were sore for a few days but worth the pain for the pictures i got up there of the lake and surrounding areas even from the castle on the way up and the castle has a nice cafe

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England
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217 attraction reviews
480 helpful votes 480 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

My wife and I decided to pop up to Santa Barbara church having made the shorter climb up to the Bastion initially. It's a steep ascent which took us about 50 mins. The path is very rough and loose. The church at the top is more of a Shrine really and you kinda look at it for a couple of... More 

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Silkeborg, Denmark
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

After nearly 1 hour of walk we reached the Santa Barbara church. Wonderful view over the lake Garda. Nice place to visit in a sunny day to fully enjoy the view.

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ashby de la zouch
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31 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

it's a decent walk from Riva town centre and if you allow for about three hours including stopping at the Bastion on the way up you won't be far wrong. If you are young and fit you should be able to do it in about 45 minutes to the top. This is more of a shrine rather than a church... More 

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Borehamwood, United Kingdom
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Just splendid all round and well worth the walk "climb" up to it. The views are incredible. I am 50 and going up was easy but coming down with bad knees was painful and I didn't think I would make it. Allow 4 hours for the whole trip and take lot's of water.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

If you can, its well worth the 2-3 hours effort to make it up there. Not dangerous but certainly you need to be fit, nimble footed and also take plenty of hydration and nutrition. What a view when you get there though!

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Carugate
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

After a pleasant ascending walk, the effort is largely payed back by a wonderful view of the north shore of the lake and the surrounding mountains.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This is a great hike. Walking boots/ shoes are essential. The view from the church is just breathtaking and really worth the effort. Would definitely recommend.

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Cheshire, England
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42 reviews 42 reviews
6 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

It is a challenging walk but not beyond the ability of anyone who's moderately fit; the path is good and (amazingly, given its location) there are no precipitous drops to frighten you on the way. Take a look down the hydro-electric pipes to the lake as you pass - the view is something else. We felt it had to be... More 

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