Surrounded by imposing mountains, Riva del Garda stretches along the crescent-shaped shore, extending to the Sarca plain and to the foothills of Mount Brione, which separates it from Torbole sul Garda. In this Mediterranean oasis where olive trees and palms thrive, tourists can enjoy a delightful holiday with much to offer: history, art, sports and nature, as well as hospitality and first class hotels.
Many high profile cultural, tourist and sports events are organized in Riva del Garda. The town has done to promote and showcase its immense historical patrimony from the Middle Ages, of which much can still be seen today (city walls, portals, towers, moats), and the breathtaking surroundings along the coast and in the hinterland.
On the square surrounded by 14th century porticos are Palazzo Pretorio from the 14th century and the Apponale Tower built in 1220 and raised in 1555. The 34 m tower, built to defend the town, had salt and grain stores, storerooms, and exchange banks at its foot. It was used as a prison, then as an observation post during World War I. Above it stands the emblem of this city on lake Garda, emblem called "l'anzolim de la tor".
Built following an agreement in the 12th century between Altemanno and the townspeople of Riva del Garda, it was later enlarged by the Della Scala family, the Venetians, and the Bishop Princes of Trento. The Austrians renovated it in 1852. It houses the Civic Museum with archeological, geological and mineralogical exhibits, an art gallery, and collections of weapons, prints and rare books.
Civic Museum - Piazza Battisti, 3 - phone: 0464-573869
Admission is free for visitors under 20 and over 60 years of age.
The Venetian fortress, built in 1508 on a hill of the steep slopes of Mount Rocchetta, affords a splendid view of the city and the northern part of the lake garda.
First mentioned in documents of 1106, the church underwent restoration in 1728. It has a single nave, nine baroque altars and the Suffrage Chapel, with decorative stucco. Behind the beautiful high altar with marble inlay is the large painting of the Assumption by Craffonara. The church has contains the best work of Craffonara entitled "L'Addolorata".
Located on the main road leading to Arco, the small 12th century Romanesque church has a cone-shaped bell tower with mullioned windows. The external frescos date back to 14th century. At one time it was used by the adjacent leper's hospital run by the minor friars.
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