Riva del Garda

Riva del Garda is located on the northern shore of Lake Garda. Pre-Roman finds attest to its Etruscan origins, although the town experienced a time of cultural ascendency only under Venetian rule.

By 1500, the Venetians had erected a bastion on a pre-existing medieval fortress on Germandri hill. In more recent history, Riva was annexed in by the Third Reich in 1943 as part of the Alpenvorland, which included the provinces of Trento, Bolzano and Belluno. The demarcation between the towns of Riva and Limone also marked the border between Nazi Germany and the Italian Social Republic, the so-called Republic of Salò, from 1943 to 1945.

Of particular scenic interest are the idyllic lakes Tenno and Ledro. The ethnographic post museum is also well worth a visit. The Varone waterfall is another natural attraction.

The area:

• Region: Trentino
• Province: Trento
• Altitude: 65 m a.s.l.
• Area: 42,45 km²
• Population: 16.451
• Population density: 387,54  inhab./km²
• Wards: Campi, Pregasina, Varone
• Postal code: 38066
• Dialing code: 0464
• Local inhabitants: Rivani
• Patron saint: Santa Maria Assunta and Sant’Andrea
• Feast day: 15 August, 30 November
• Market day: Tuesday