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#1 of 22 attractions in Riva Del Garda
Category: Trails
Owner description: One follows via Gargnano (Gardesana Occidentale National Road SS 45bis) from the centre of Riva heading towards Limone. On... more » Owner description: One follows via Gargnano (Gardesana Occidentale National Road SS 45bis) from the centre of Riva heading towards Limone. On the right before the tunnel, take the old road which once linked Riva del Garda with the Ledro Valley. From there one can enjoy breathtaking panoramas for once in a lifetime photo opportunities. « less
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#2 of 22 attractions in Riva Del Garda
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... more » 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. « less
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#3 of 22 attractions in Riva Del Garda
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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#4 of 22 attractions in Riva Del Garda
Owner description: The Bastione, a tower of grey stone, located at the foot of Mount Rocchetta, is one the symbols of Riva del Garda,... more » Owner description: The Bastione, a tower of grey stone, located at the foot of Mount Rocchetta, is one the symbols of Riva del Garda, overlooking the city and Lake Garda. It was built in the early XVI century, just after the end of Venetian domination over Riva. It was destroyed in 1703 by the French troops under leadership of general Vendôme, who mined the main body thus rendering it unusable. It’s a few minutes walk from the port of Riva, along a road that winds through the black pinewood of the lower Rocchetta. The path then rises further to the chapel of St. Barbara on the mountainside (610m) and the Rocchetta itself (1520m). The Bastione has recently been restored. Visitors may see the imposing external bodywork and what is left of the inside from a winding staircase. The locations enjoys an excellent view. « less
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#5 of 22 attractions in Riva Del Garda
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#6 of 22 attractions in Riva Del Garda
Category: History Museums
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#7 of 22 attractions in Riva Del Garda
Owner description: This church is the most famous monument in Riva. It was built in 1603 and it was consecrated in 1636 commissioned by... more » Owner description: This church is the most famous monument in Riva. It was built in 1603 and it was consecrated in 1636 commissioned by Gaudenzio Madruzzo and his wife Alfonsina Gonzaga as a place of pilgrimage and custody of a miraculous shrine. The church is in an elegant Baroque style. On the outside it is square shaped, on the inside octagonal with five altars, three gates, vaults with frescos and stuccoes, confessionals in carved wood and marble pavements. « less
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#8 of 22 attractions in Riva Del Garda
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#9 of 22 attractions in Riva Del Garda
Category: Biking Trails
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#10 of 22 attractions in Riva Del Garda
Category: Historic Walking Areas
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#11 of 22 attractions in Riva Del Garda
Owner description: The parish church Santa Maria Assunta rises in the centre of Riva del Garda and looks out on the spacious Piazza Cavour. The... more » Owner description: The parish church Santa Maria Assunta rises in the centre of Riva del Garda and looks out on the spacious Piazza Cavour. The present building, first mentioned in 1106, is a Baroque reconstruction(1728). It is an aisleless church and it has a side chapel for the Suffrages; it has numerous altars with decorations and stuccoes. Behind the high altar stands out the great painting of Our Lady of the Assumption of Craffonara, but the best work is kept near the fourth altar on the left, Our Lady of Sorrows. At the adjacent small piazza Craffonara we find a bas-relief bust by the artist Francesco Trentini (1790-1837) and an ancient column. The ancient church, later destroyed, stood on this small piazza. « less
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#12 of 22 attractions in Riva Del Garda
Owner description: Formerly called Piazza Granda and then Piazza Benacense, this piazza is the heart of both the old and modern town. It is the... more » Owner description: Formerly called Piazza Granda and then Piazza Benacense, this piazza is the heart of both the old and modern town. It is the location for the Office of the Podestà and the Town Hall, the Torre Apponale a several houses of the nobility. The arcades dating back to the period of Scaligera rule, which close off the piazza towards the harbour and the lake, used to house the markets and shops. « less
#13 of 22 attractions in Riva Del Garda
Owner description: The seat of the museum of Riva del Garda is the “Rocca”, the ancient medieval fortress. It overlooks the lake and was built... more » Owner description: The seat of the museum of Riva del Garda is the “Rocca”, the ancient medieval fortress. It overlooks the lake and was built in the XII century. This museum houses the historic and cultural heritage of Riva and northern Garda shore. The permanent collections and temporary exhibitions are of particular interest and there is a beautiful view from the top of the Keep. The archaeological section includes standing stones from the Copper Age found at Arco, signs of the piledwelling culture of Ledro, as well as pre-Roman and Roman finds, and inscriptions of the Alto Garda. The art gallery displays works from the 15th century to the modernday: works of the 15th century FW monogrammist, Pietro Ricchi (17thcentury), Francesco Hayez, Vincenzo Vela, Giuseppe Cannella (19th century). « less
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#14 of 22 attractions in Riva Del Garda
Owner description: Dates back to the 1124 agreement with bishop Altemanno, when the citizens of Riva were granted the right to build a new... more » Owner description: Dates back to the 1124 agreement with bishop Altemanno, when the citizens of Riva were granted the right to build a new fortress on the lake shore. The course of history has left its mark on the Rocca which has been altered multiple times. In the early 16 century, it was refurbished to make it a fitting temporary residence of the bishop princes. It underwent a radical transformation in the mid-19th century, when it was turned into an Austro-Hungarian barracks and lost all its medieval and renaissance features. Recent restoration work has revealed some of the original structures and made it a suitable home for the museum. The view from the keep is truly magnificent. « less
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#15 of 22 attractions in Riva Del Garda
Owner description: This piazza was built after the First World War as a market square, demolishing a few houses that had been badly damaged by... more » Owner description: This piazza was built after the First World War as a market square, demolishing a few houses that had been badly damaged by shelling. The “fish arcade” faces onto the square, whose design design by Enrico Odorizzi may have been inspired by the style of Giancarlo Maroni. « less
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#16 of 22 attractions in Riva Del Garda
Category: Beaches
#17 of 22 attractions in Riva Del Garda
Owner description: Originally built in the Middle Ages, this gate was rebuilt by the Venetians in the second half of the th 15 century and was... more » Owner description: Originally built in the Middle Ages, this gate was rebuilt by the Venetians in the second half of the th 15 century and was restored in 1536 by the bishop Bernardo Clesio. It was reduced to its present state during the second half of the 19th century under orders from the Podestà Baruffaldi. « less
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#18 of 22 attractions in Riva Del Garda
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: This imposing structure was built in the 1920s to generate power from Lake Ledro which is channelled through a pressurized... more » Owner description: This imposing structure was built in the 1920s to generate power from Lake Ledro which is channelled through a pressurized tunnel in the rock. The architect behind the project was Giancarlo Maroni. The numen aquarum on the facade was the work of the sculptor Silvio Zaniboni. « less
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#19 of 22 attractions in Riva Del Garda
Category: Architectural Buildings
Owner description: The gate linked the town with the outside world. It was largely rebuilt in the mid-19th century to a design by Luigi Antonio... more » Owner description: The gate linked the town with the outside world. It was largely rebuilt in the mid-19th century to a design by Luigi Antonio Baruffaldi. Above the gate rises the belfry of the nearby parish church (Santa Maria). « less
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Owner description: The name refers to the large chain which in the past centuries was stretched across the water in defence of the harbour.... more » Owner description: The name refers to the large chain which in the past centuries was stretched across the water in defence of the harbour. Until 1929, the piazza was home to the Imperial Customs House: a sign of the borderline which for centuries separated the northern stretch of the lake from the regions just a little further to the south. On this square the baroque statue of San Giovanni Nepomuceno, patron saint of the waters, can be found, which until the Great War stood in Piazza Benacense. « less
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Owner description: On one of the offshoots of Mount San Martino (850 mt), above the village of Campi, you can find the San Martino... more » Owner description: On one of the offshoots of Mount San Martino (850 mt), above the village of Campi, you can find the San Martino archaeological site. The most important find is the ruins of a large building from the roman age, most likely a sanctuary where female deities were worshipped, constructed over the remains of a former cult rituals site. The location was known since the prehistoric age, and inhabited continuously during the second iron age (IV to I century B.C) and past the Roman age well into the Middle Ages. The findings found in this area are preserved in the Museum in Riva del Garda; some copies can be seen at the Museum point at Pranzo. « less
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Owner description: The “Centre for scientific development of Lake Garda” at Villino Campi was opened in 1998 and is the provincial reference for... more » Owner description: The “Centre for scientific development of Lake Garda” at Villino Campi was opened in 1998 and is the provincial reference for studies, information and awareness raising about themes such as the lake environment and the water cycle, with specific reference to the ecosystem of Lake Garda. It is a meeting point and a place to exchange, project and realize initiatives regarding the protection and development of the territory and it is characterized as a place of collaboration between local government, inhabitants, schools, tourists and businessmen to promote initiatives aimed at raising public awareness of ecologic consciousness inspired by the principles of sustainable development with particular attention to eco-tourism. « less
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