MARKET DAY: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month
PORT: Porto San Nicolò; Porto Piazza Catena
PHARMACIES: Accorsi - Via Maffei,8; Comunale San Giuseppe - Viale Trento, 98; Madonna Delle Grazie - Viale degli Oleandri, 15; Mutalipassi - Via Francesca Alberti Lutti, 12; Sant'Alessandro - Via Rovigo, 25
HOSPITALS: Pronto Soccorso Malcesine - Via Gardesana, 37; Ospedale di Arco - Viale dei Capitelli
Riva del Garda is a town in Trentino at the northern end of Lake Garda. Its location enchants with its large mountains behind the splendid narrow gulf. It attracts tourists for its history and art, for its Mediterranean oasis of lemon, palm, laurel and olive trees, but also for the sports it offers such as sailing and windsurfing.
The first populations were of Celtic origin, later followed by the Romans, as indicated by the tombstones found there. Later, given its position, it was fought over by the Goths, the Lombards and the Franks until in 983 it became a feud to the bishop of Verona. The Scaligeri, the Visconti, the Serenissima Republic and the Counts of Tyrol made it the masterpiece we can see today. The 12th century fortress was in fact restored by the Scaligeri, then by the Venetians and the bishops of Trento. Towards the 19th century, the Austrians took the town away from Napoleon's French, seizing it until 1918. Riva was only annexed to Italy after the First World War.
Greats of the past stayed here such as Sigmund Freud, Kafka and Rudolf Steiner.
Interesting places to visit are the 16th century Venetian Bastion that served as a lookout, the Church of the Inviolata, a marvellous Baroque work dating back to 1603 that houses paintings by Brusasorci, and Piazza III Novembre surrounded by small houses and medieval porticoes, the Praetorian Palace, the 14th century Town Hall and the Aponnale Tower erected in 1220.