Best time to go to Riva

Between April and June is Lake Garda’s time to shine – the temperature starts to creep up through the 20s, so you’ll get that sweet combo of swimming weather and being able to spend long days outside without overheating. Plus, you’ll beat the peak-season crowds that turn up in the school holiday months.

It’s very easy on the eye all year round, but everything looks extra fine in spring when the towns round the lake get a colourful glow-up with fresh blooms. And if you’re partial to a glass of vino, autumn is ideal – it’s grape time baby! Wrap up in something woolly, taste the local fare at a wine festival and fill your feed with pumpkin-coloured content.

Passports and Visas

British passport holders don’t need a visa to enter Italy but must have a valid passport. For the most up-to-date passport and visa info, visit ..

Don't forget to arrange your travel money and insurance before you go.

Health and safety

You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover you while you’re away. If you’re travelling to the EU and you apply for a card now, you'll get a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) instead of an EHIC. This entitles you to emergency medical treatment on the same terms as Italian nationals. It won’t, however, cover you for medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or non-urgent treatment. Visit for full details on what it covers. You do not need to apply for a GHIC if you already have an EHIC. Your EHIC remains valid in the EU until it expires. An EHIC or GHIC is free of charge. For the latest health and safety information, visit

Further Reading

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