At a glance
Visit the pebbled beach of Punta Lido
Relax in the botanical beauty of Parco Arciducale
Test out your windsurfing skills in Torbole
Destinations in Riva
Top things to See and Do in Riva
Beaches in Riva
Riva has one of the largest pebble and grass beaches on the north of the lake. Both Pini beach, or Pine Beach, and Spiaggia Sabbioni are along the promenade in front of town. Facilities at both beaches include, bars and cafés, playgrounds, floating platforms, sun lounger rental and showers.
Head to Torbole
If you’re looking to try another beach, jump on a bike or walk along the promenade to Torbole. Al Cor and Lido Blu are pebble beaches and grass areas. With showers, toilets, snack bars and restaurants, you’ll be set for the day – especially if you rent a sun lounger, too. Torbole is known for its watersports – have a go or watch the pros, and the not-so-pros, out on the water.
Take a refreshing dip
The main inlet into Lake Garda is the Sarca River, located between Torbole and Riva. This fresh mountain water, the ban on private motor boats, and the lake depth in the north makes this area the clearest and purest it can be – great for a refreshing dip.
The best place to pick up a few bargains is the market, which runs every two weeks on a Wednesday. Browse traditional Italian pottery and ceramics, high-quality leather goods, clothing, gifts and souvenirs to take home. While prices may not be as low as you expect, the products are really good quality.
Away from the lakefront, Riva has some excellent shops and boutiques. Riva’s Blue Garden Shopping Centre is open from 10am to 10pm, and has over 40 stores. Feel the Italian style at Piazza Italia or pick up some cosmetics from Wycon. Homewear and sports gear are just some of the other things available.
You don’t need to leave Riva to splash some cash on a few designer purchases. Stores such as Jack Wolfskin, Armani and United Colors of Benetton can all be found in the town. Many other brands are also available from the boutiques and shops around the streets of Riva.
Those who prefer a more laid-back evening can sit back in Cristallo's, in the harbour, and enjoy a spritz while watching the world go by. Cristallo's also has an excellent selection of homemade ice cream – get one to take away and stroll along the lakefront promenade.
Riva is one of the largest towns on Lake Garda and attracts many water sports fans, so it has a lively vibe and the bars and cafés often busy. Firework displays take place throughout the season and are a big draw for visitors. Speak to your rep to find out what’s happening during your holiday.
Riva is packed full of gelaterias that are perfect for an ice cream fix, and bars that are ideal for aperitivos and scenic nightcaps. Most eateries are in the open piazzas that are lined with pavement cafes, or along the lakeside promenade boasting beautiful views of the mountains.
Five pages of pizzas at Ristorante Bella Vista
Located on the lakefront is the intimate Ristorante Bella Vista. Along with the fantastic views of the lake and mountains, you have the option of regional, national and international dishes, including a five-page pizza menu.
Authentic Italian at Ristorante Leon d'Oro
You’ll find the Ristorante Leon d’Oro in the narrow alleys of Riva’s old town. The famous family-run restaurant has been owned by the Salvaneschis since 1938 and offers an extensive menu of regional and traditional Italian cuisine.
Homemade wine and olive oil at La Colombera
Positioned on the ground floor of a 16th century castle, La Colombera is known for producing its own wine and olive oil. You can sit on their outdoor patio, sheltered by overhanging vines, and enjoy traditional Trentino specialities cooked right in front of you.