Welcome to Riva del Garda & Around
For centuries Riva's position at the northern tip of the lake, a key access for northern armies into Italy, lent it a vital strategic role. In the Middle Ages the town was a port for the Prince-Bishops of Trento, and throughout its history Riva was much fought over, ruled at various times by the Republic of Venice, Milan's Visconti and Verona's Della Scala families. In 1815 it became part of the Austrian Empire (Trentino itself is still considered the Südtirol) and soon became a holiday resort for the Archduke and the northern European intelligentsia. Stendhal, Thomas Mann and Kafka all summered here, drawn by Goethe’s evocative descriptions in his 1817 bestseller, Italian Journey.