Book the Lake Tour or take one of the many ferries / katamarans that leave the center of Riva and visit some of the beautiful places on Garda. Limone and Malcesine in the north. Bardolino and Lazise further south. At the southernmost tip of the lake lies the lovely Sirmione.
We took an organised excursion to Venice, I cannot remember what company we used or how much it cost but we had a great day and had much longer there than we had expected. From Riva we went by coach which dropped us just outside Venice where we boarded a boat which took us along the grand canal and dropped us at St Marks Square. Having had a little while to wander around and visit various places of interest we then boarded the boat again for a guided tour of the waterways and out into the harbour and around the various islands dotted just off of the mainland. The boat then dropped us in the centre again where we had a while longer to explore before watching the sunset across the harbour. Another boat then took us back to the coach, bringing to an end a very long day which still seemed to have passed to quickly.
Across the pedalo harbour at the foot of Monte Rocchetta, the Hydroeletric Power Station Ponale can be seen. It utilises the waters of Lake Ledro, load basin, after a fall of 500 m. The first perforation for the Ledro-Garda Hydroelectric Power Station was opened in 1926 by the famous Italian poet Gabriele D'Annunzio.
There is a shingle beach along the waters edge with grassed areas further back. We had some lovely strolls along the paths leading through the well tended park areas, the trees offering welcome shade on very hot days. There is a refreshments area where you can buy snacks, drinks and ice cream although I seem to remember it was a bit expensive. Sundays are very busy on the beach as the locals flock here to picnic in their family groups but even then it is still an excellent place to chill out with a good book.
Since Ma Kettle and I were in Riva for such a short period, we can't speak from experience. We simply walked about within the confines of the old city walls, and took photos of points of interest (to us).
If you arrive from the southern area of Lago da Garda, I suggest that you drive from Riva da Garda into the hills. There are some great views of the village and the lake. If you take the main road out heading to the autostrada you will find a nice turn out where you can park your car and do a photo shoot.
Below is a photo from this parking spot.
Riva del Garda and surrounding is certainly one of the most amazing places anyone could hope to explore by bike. The peaks, which rise over 2000m out of the Lake are crossed by superb tracks and trails, providing enjoyment and challenge for all kinds of mountain bikers.
We stay at the best 3 star mountain bikers hotel in Riva. We’re just minutes from the beach and right amongst the restaurants and bike shops – we can also explore the best of the trails right from our doorstep. Sometimes we ride out, sometimes we take boats across the Lake to our rides, sometimes we use vehicles to get high into the mountains and finish right down by the lake. This trip is variety packed.
Riva del Garda has a very good town museum located in an old palace named "the Rocca" in the center of town. The museum is on multiple foors and features archaological exhibits, exhibits about the town's history, and a good art collection. Give yourself at least an hour to go through it. The museum also has a tower from which you can get good views of the town, the lake, and the mountains.
By the lake there are some nice parks and a beach. This area is the ideal spot to rest or to have a stroll.
There's a castle by the lake in Riva del Garda. You can get a great view of the lake from the castle.
A robust piece of stone, with inscriptions, an ancient 'stele'. The museum has a couple of these on display together in one room, and this is the largest of them ...
Great place to have a beach day. There's a huge park along the lake for beach activities. Unfortunately there's no sand, just gravel.
The mountains are never far off in Riva! In this picture, taken on the boulevard along Lake Garda, you can see a cliff rising up right behind the town centre.
Various objects ('asce, spilloni, pugnali' ...?) in bronze, dating back to the Early and Middle Bronze Age. These were found near Riva and can be admired in the Museo Civico.