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Review: Riva del Garda

Escorted Tour - Coach

Lake Garda, Italy

Lots to do in Riva

  • By SilverTraveller linking

    7 reviews

  • August 2015
  • Husband

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We traveled to Riva del Garda, with a National Holidays coach tour. Riva del Garda or Riva as it usually called is a small town on the very northern shore of Lake Garda. It is surrounded on the land side by the towering Dolomite’s and on the other side by the lake. Our hotel the Virgillio was about 15 minutes walk from the center of Riva and the lake. There was also local buses that stopped on the main road just down from the hotel. Taxi is about 4 Euros. Riva itself is a very popular holiday and tourist site, with lots to do in the area. Ferry’s leave on a regular basis for Torbole, Malcesine and Limone which is a very pretty village. Lake Garda is the biggest lake in Italy and measures 51.6 kilometers long and 16.7 kilometers at its widest part. Torbole the next town is about 10 minutes on the coach and is a big water sports centre, with a windsurfing school etc. Tours leave from Riva for Venice and Verona. Mountain biking is very popular in this area, and the locals seem to prefer cycling to car transport, there are plenty of cycle lanes. Restaurants are always busy with the more expensive ones in the squares or near the lake, but if by walking back a few streets there is a great variety of places to eat, for every budget. Shopping is popular in Riva, with lots of shops selling Italian leather bags and shoes, these are very good value and the workmanship is excellent. Jewelry shops are also popular, and some upmarket clothes shops. Then there is the usual tourist items such as olive oil, pasta and lemon soap etc. We enjoyed our stay and the hotel was very welcoming, food plentiful and our coach plus drivers very nice. I recommend this holiday as Lake Garda and Riva are very beautiful, it is a long journey by coach but flights and hire car are readily available if preferred.

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