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“Breathtaking views”
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The Bastion
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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.
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Breathtaking views”
Reviewed February 13, 2013

The climb is good excessive and works up a good appetite and thirst. Once you are there it is well worth the effort.

Visited September 2012
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“Why not continue further up to Santa Barbara Chapel?”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

I have walked to the Bastion in Riva del Garda many times and its really quite easy and I am not entirely in agreement that you need proper walking shoes. These are more comfortable to wear but if you're really stuck, a sturdy pair of flip flops would be passable as footwear as its beautifully paved the whole way. I have seen a woman doing this walk in boots with heels!

On our last visit to Riva del Garda we chose to continue up and up,... with the Santa Barbara chapel/shrine as our end target. It is a very steep walk and takes about 4 more hours up at a decent pace (2 up and 2 down) and its just incredible to finally reach this target. It is long and very tiring but if you're relatively fit - and for this, definitely wearing very good non-slip walking or trail running shoes - you'll be amazed at how lovely it is once you're up there. We encountered mountain bikers coming down and now know that at the top there are many interlinked hiking and biking paths.

Do take plenty of water and pace yourselves - giving yourself enough time to get up and down again as it is challenging - but again its all on a well set out trail. There are no rocks to climb. Its advisable to do this in the late afternoon as its practically all shaded along the route by then as the sun will have moved behind the mountains. Mornings would be very much hotter.

The shrine/chapel was built from 1925 by the engineers and construction workers who built that impressive pipeline bringing water down the mountain from the higher lakes, to the hydroelectric plant below which you see as you enter Riva del Garda. The shrine was built to give thanks to Santa Barbara, the saint that they believed to have protected them from injury or death whilst they built that precarious pipeline. The information is all in italian at the top, so this just serves as a quick and rough translation.

Visited August 2012
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“Splendid views”
Reviewed November 23, 2012

Fantastic views from the top. Proper shoes need for the steep walk. Better to go early in the morning when it's not so hot.

Visited September 2012
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“why not visit?”
Reviewed October 26, 2012

The Bastion is only 45 minutes slow uphill walk from Riva. You can nice views of the centre from here. Why not spend the small amount of time to visit it? Leave earlier in the day to avoid the higher heat if you aren't good in it...

Visited August 2012
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Widnes
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“A bit of a steep climb”
Reviewed October 17, 2012

When you get to the Bastion, the view of Lake Garda and of Riva del Garda are stunning. The zig zag climb initially may seem steep, but once at the top looking out at the views with a nice cold beer, or cup of coffe, make it all well worth the effort.

Visited September 2012
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