The Bastion
The Bastion
4.5
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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About
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.
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  • Bryony H
    Cheshire, United Kingdom94 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great view from the top
    The Bastion is something we knew we wanted to do whilst in Riva and it didn't disappoint. You can either purchase a single or return trip and the system is fully automated. From street level there is a number of flights of steps to get to the start of the funicular. Alternatively there is also a lift to get you to the base of the tracks, however this seemed to be out of order when we visited. The journey to the top only takes a couple of minutes however the view as you ascend is great, Once to the top there is a restaurant where you can stop to enjoy the view. The path to the ruin is very uneven and I'd definitely recommend sensible footwear as although the path isn't long it is uneven with some large steps in places. This was a lovely way to spend an hour or two, as we enjoyed a drink at the top. The view is brilliant so make sure you go on a clear day.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 9, 2023
  • Ledjutlad
    59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best view over Riva
    Always on our to do list when in Riva Del Garda. Good selection of food and drinks and a fine view of the lake and town. The Bastione itself is an ideal position to take some great pictures of the northern part of the lake.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 22, 2023
  • places2seeplaces2go
    England, United Kingdom6,156 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Views
    I believe this is only a few years old & what a great attraction it is. You get a funicular lift up to The Bastion. The views from the lift are great, but once at the top the views are amazing. You can walk around The Bastion & even go on hikes from there. There is also a rather nice cafe/bar.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 13, 2024
  • Elizabeth C
    Shrewsbury, United Kingdom2,929 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous views and great fun funicular ride
    We took the funicular up to the Bastion. This was very easy to find, just a short walk from the ferry port of Riva. We did not have long to wait to get in the lift, perhaps 10 minutes at most. The views all the way up were amazing. At the top, you can visit the Bastion (fort), and take in the wonderful views of the lake and mountains. There is also the Bastion cafe bar, with a fantastic terrace, serving drinks, snacks and main meals. We spent around 2 hours doing the funicular round trip, with time at the summit, and combined this with time in Riva itself. This makes a great day out.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 13, 2024
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TerryandJane
Torquay, UK437 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Expecting the normal cheap and cheerful fare from a restaurant up a mountain by a funicular we were surprised when visiting for lunch at the class and sophistication of The Bastian.
Quality bar, great music and a very up market fine dining evening menu with plenty of foams, crumbs, drizzles and cremes. So appertising that we booked to return for dinner the same night.
First downside when returning that evening, the funicular ticket is for one journey only so we had to pay another 14 euros just to get there and they don't cover or contribute to the cost if you have dinner with them, so essentially a 14 euro admission fee!
Service was friendly but dissapointing. Wine we had ordered to compliment each course failed to arrive with the food which itself arrived erratically. My wife, for example, had a smoked fish dish main which arrived with great showmanship and clouds of theatrical smoke. Great. Sadly it was another 5 minutes before my pasta dish arrived leaving her to choose to either eat alone or sit looking at her food go cold.
A side order of grilled vegetables took another couple of minutes. This is basic stuff and shouldn't happen anywhere but especially not when paying these prices.
The food itself? It was okay. It read better on the menu than tasted on the plate. Wine was, I think, expensive at an ave of about 70euro a bottle, especially as it was all local wine and not that great.
Whilst in Riva we ate better for a lot less down in the town, BUT, the view as the sun goes down and the town lights up below is amazing and probably as good as any view from any restaurant anywhere. That's pretty much the main reason to go and could be enjoyed by just going up for a cocktail from the bar, sitting on the seperate terrace.
Written September 15, 2022
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helen_of_bath
UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Restaurant with amazing terrace at the top of a short funicular. Incredible views across the lake - shaded or sunny (go for an earlier lunch, to still catch the sun) to suit all needs - and 'one of the best burgers' my husband has ever had! Very friendly and efficient service, in a sleek modern environment. Plus a little historical tour round the tower, before walking or catching the funicular down.
Written October 4, 2021
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Ambassador76238
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Lovely place to have a drink with great views. We used the panoramic lift for a small charge but you can walk up. Clean and modern restaurant with a breathtaking terrace to take in the views of Riva and beyond.
Written August 17, 2022
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Ledjutlad
King's Lynn, United Kingdom59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Always on our to do list when in Riva Del Garda.
Good selection of food and drinks and a fine view of the lake and town.
The Bastione itself is an ideal position to take some great pictures of the northern part of the lake.
Written September 22, 2023
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Janet R
Burgess Hill, UK204 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
An easy walk up to The Bastion as the funicular wasn't open till 11. Fantastic views from the top with a very nice cafe where you can get good coffee and admire Riva from on high.
Be careful to check what time the funicular opens, on the day we went it wasn't till 11 as it was closed for maintenance. Very busy by the time we left.
Written September 30, 2020
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Chee Eng L
United Kingdom17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Excellent view at the Bastion.
We had quite a nice walk up to the Bastion and wandered around. This was during winter (Jan 2023) with hardly any footfall except for less than 10 trekkers we met along the way.
I also read somewhere that you had to pay to enter/ climb the stairs in the Bastion but when we were there, the gate was unmanned and could be opened. Even so, there wasn't much inside except for the nicer view from within the Bastion.
It was low season, so the cafe was not open.
We walked further up to Santa Barbara Chapel with an even more amazing view! This chapel is lighted up at night and can be seen from the ground on Riva del Garda (which incurred our curiosity 1-2 nights before). So it was really nice to be able to hike up to the chapel to discover this.
Written February 8, 2023
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Elizabeth C
Shrewsbury, UK2,929 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We took the funicular up to the Bastion. This was very easy to find, just a short walk from the ferry port of Riva. We did not have long to wait to get in the lift, perhaps 10 minutes at most. The views all the way up were amazing. At the top, you can visit the Bastion (fort), and take in the wonderful views of the lake and mountains. There is also the Bastion cafe bar, with a fantastic terrace, serving drinks, snacks and main meals. We spent around 2 hours doing the funicular round trip, with time at the summit, and combined this with time in Riva itself. This makes a great day out.
Written June 13, 2024
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Andy B
London, UK78 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
A nice lift style cable car that climbs to provide a good view over Riva Del Garda. Not the highest you will ever go but does provide a good panorama. Little cafe at the top which can get busy but we got a seat ok. Not much else to see up there unless you want to go off walking which we didn't. Was however worth the trip. Possibly have been spoilt with other cable cars and lifts around the region which are more impressive in my view.
Written September 21, 2022
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karen c
London, UK49 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Having visited Riva del Garda many times in the past, this was new to us this year. It was 14 Euros return up the funicular railway. A very steep ride up the face of the cliff but well worth the effort. The views just get better the higher up you go! But not for those who don't have a head for heights.
Once app there the bar / restaurant was modern, clean and had great outdoor seating areas.Great drinks and cocktails and casual dining. You can also climb up un to the ruined castle and have a look around. Highly recommended
Written June 28, 2022
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Paul M
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK16 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
I attempted to book for my wife's Birthday surprise two days in advance. No reply at all from them. We arrived on time and when I asked who monitors their social network forum the waitress was quite rude.
However, the views are well worth a visit!
Written July 12, 2023
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