Riva del Garda stands at the northern extremity of the Lago di Garda. It has houses painted in bright colors, red, grey, yellow, etc, that mach perfectly with the mountain frame. Riva del Garda and all the northern part of the lake not in Veneto (the Venezia province) but in the Trentino-Alto Adige province. A couple of ducks was coming towards us.
Unluckily, when we were in Riva del Garda, it was raining. Thus, we did not visit the city but a couple of mallards (Anas platyrhynchos*) chose to visit us and finally rested on the quay, in front of our parked car, which allowed me to take some pictures of them.
Riva is at the far end of lake Garda and our choice of resort for a weeks stay in this area. I think it was a good choice as with car we had easy access not only to other resorts on the lake but to other interesting places in the Trento region we were glad not to miss.
Rive is quite colourful and has interesting buildings in the old town such as the Rocca and this tower. Shopping was also very good in Riva - not just tourist stuff too. Much more info and pics on my Riva del Garda page.
Whilst wandering around the streets of Riva del garda, I commented to Derek that I though the town had an Austrian feel to it. Went for a drink, dug out the Lonely Planet to find that Rival Del Garda did indeed used to be part of Austria until just after WW1, before it incorporated in to Italy!
Riva was part of the Austrian Habsburg region, it was also annexed by the Nazis for a few years during the Second World War.
Today apparently Riva Del Garda is very popular with German & Austrian tourists
Riva Del Garda, is the largest town on the north Lake Garda, a very pleasant place to visit & have a wander. On the west mountainside there were a few buildings & chapels literally clinging to the cliff side. To walk up there would really be a penance!
It is from Riva you enter the Dolomites of Brenta. Also the largest of Lake Gardas beaches are in the Riva area. If you are interested in water sports this is the place to come.