Riva is packed full of gelaterias perfect for an ice cream fix and late night bars ideal for aperitivos and scenic nightcaps. Most eateries are in the open piazzas that are lined with pavement cafes, or along the lakeside promenade boasting beautiful views of the mountains.
Located on the lakefront is the intimate Ristorante Bella Vista. Along with the fantastic views of the lake and mountains, you have the option of regional, national and international dishes, including a 5-page pizza menu.
You’ll find the Ristorante Leon d’Oro in the narrow alleys of Riva’s old town. The famous family-run restaurant has been owned by the Salvaneschis since 1938 and offers an extensive menu of regional and traditional Italian cuisine.
Positioned on the ground floor of a 16th century castle, La Colombera is known for producing its own wine and olive oil. You can have your meal on their outdoor patio, sheltered by overhanging vines, and enjoy traditional Trentino specialities cooked right in front of you.
Riva is a town of narrow winding streets and open piazzas, surrounded by Roman town walls. The lakeside promenade runs for 3km all the way to neighbouring Torbole.
There’s an efficient system of steamers and hydrofoils that run north and south to most other towns on the lake. The ferry port in is the main square, Piazza 3 Novembre. If you’re planning on visiting Limone, Malcesine and Torbole in one day, the North Lake Hopper pass will save you some money.
The nearest stations are in Rovereto (approx. 45 minutes by bus) and Peschiera. From both, you can catch trains to Venice (1.5-2.5 hours) and Verona (20 minutes–1 hour), and trains from Peschiera also go to Milan (1 hour 10 minutes).
A regular service runs down the east shore to Peschiera (approx. 2.5 hours), and another goes west to Desenzano (approx. 2 hours). The main bus station is on Viale Trento, opposite the Hotel Astoria, but there are stops all along the main road in town.
Sightseeing and Excursions
Venice is famous for its beautiful palaces, lovely canals, and its handsome gondoliers. Enjoy the stunning architecture and learn the history of the most famous sights of the city, such as the St Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s palace, Bridge of Sighs and the Rialto Bridge spanning the Grand Canal. Venice is a must-see for all visitors.
Venice by Night (Tue/Thu)
For the romantics among us why not visit, as the sun goes down over the lagoon and the light dances on the water on our Venice by Night excursion? Learn the history of the most famous sights of the city, such as the St Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s palace, Bridge of Sighs and the Rialto Bridge spanning the Grand Canal.
Florence City Tour (Tue)
The Jewel of Tuscany and the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is a fantastic city to visit during your Italian holidays. Amongst its vast array of arts and treasures you can visit the pink, white and green marble cathedral, the Duomo, the historic Uffizi Gallery and the ancient Ponte Vecchio.
Milan City Tour (Sat)
A fantastic day out exploring the cosmopolitan Capital of the north, renowned not only for its fashion but for some of the most fabulous cultural sights in Europe such as, the stunning interior of the La Scala Opera house and the Castle Sforzesco. The Duomo Cathedral is the largest gothic cathedral in the world with over 3400 hand carved sculptures on the cathedral.
Grand Dolomites Tour (Mon/Thu)
Europe's most distinctive mountains tower high over the sparkling lakes. Visit the spectacular northern ranges with their quaint villages, breathtaking passes and pretty, flower-strewn meadows. No other excursion takes you to natural scenery as stunning.
Bolzano and Renon City Tour (Fri)
A wonderful trip; part city tour, part scenic drive through the picturesque countryside of the Italian South Tyrol. Visit the elegant city of Bolzano, home of the famous Iceman and a nostalgic tram will drive you through enchanting woods and wide mountain pastures so that you can admire the Renon Plateau with its gorgeous summer villages in a romantic way.
Mantova and Sigurta Park Tour (Tue)
Visit the beautiful city of Mantova surrounded by three small lakes. The city is rich with art, history and medieval architecture. It is the setting of Verdi's opera, Rigoletto, and is known as one of the most romantic cities in northern Italy. Sigurta Park is considered one of the most stunning gardens in the world offering 50 hectares of luxuriant vegetation for you to explore. It was also voted Italy's most beautiful park in 2013 by the Ministry of Heritage and Culture. Spend a delightful day combining art and nature.
Lake Tour (Tue/Wed/Fri)
The best way to see the lake, one of the most impressive roads in Europe, with its exuberant vegetation such as olive trees, cypresses and rare flowers. Visit several picturesque villages to see monuments dating from the Roman, Scaliger, Venetian and Austrian rulers. Take a short boat ride, sample some wonderful Italian ice cream or just absorb the relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere. Discover all the highlights Lake Garda has to offer in one day.
Wine Tour (Mon/Fri)
Enter the heart of Lagarina Valley to discover the Grigoletti winery. Visit the “Basilica”, its new splendid subterranean cantina and taste some really exquisite Trentino wines. Don’t be disappointed when you have to leave, because another unique experience will be waiting for you: the elegant Marzadro distillery, producing excellent grappas. Take the opportunity to sample and even take some home with you.
Spend some time at the home of Romeo and Juliet, Verona. Enjoy the fascinating monuments, beautiful shops and friendly Italian welcome. Have a wander along the most significant monuments such as the Arena, Juliet’s balcony, the Scaliger tombs, Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza Brà and enough free time for shopping.
*1 Free child place per full paying adult.
Some entrances, tolls and optional extras are payable locally.
|Trip ||Price || |
| ||Adult ||Child (0-12) |
|Venice (Mon, Wed and Fri) ||€73 ||Free* |
|Venice by night (Tue and Thu) ||€76 ||Free* |
|Verona (Thu and Sat) ||€56 ||Free* |
|Florence (Tue) ||€78 ||Free* |
|Dolomites (Mon and Thu) ||€54 ||Free* |
|Bolzano and Renon (Fri) ||€56 ||Free* |
|Lake tour (Tue, Wed and Fri) ||€49 ||Free* |
|Wine tour (Mon, Fri) ||€47 ||Free* |
|Mantova and Sigurta (Tue) ||€55 ||Free* |
|Milan (Sat) ||€56 ||Free* |
Garda Promotions Card
You can enjoy Lake Garda for less with this exclusive card. Take advantage of reduced prices to castles, museums and much more.
· Discounted entry to Arco Castle
· Discounted entry to the Museum of Riva del Garda
· Discount on a round trip ticket on the Cableway Malcesine-Monte Baldo
· Discounted entry to the Movieland Studios
· Discounted entry to Gardaland
· Discounted entry to Acquaria Wellness Center
Available free to all customers staying in Riva and lasts 3 days.
Trentino Guest Card
If you plan to adventure around the Trentino region, you'll love the Trentino Guest Card. With free and reduced prices on a range of services and attractions, you'll create countless memories, without splashing the cash.
· Entry to Arco Castle and Drena Castle
· Entry to the Botanical Garden in Arco
· Entry to the Apponale Tower in Riva del Garda
· Use of local public transport including trains
· Discounted fare on the Navigarda Ferries
· Discounted entry to Reptiland in Riva del Garda
· Discounted entry to Adventure Village in Dro
Available to buy in resort. Adult €40 for a 7-day pass.
Thomson Resort Service
In-resort Holiday Advisor
The contact details of your resort's Holiday Advisor team will be sent to you via email before you travel. This is handy in case you want to get in touch with them before you leave, to tap into their local knowledge and ask questions to help you get the most out of your holiday. Then, if you have any questions while you’re away or just want to say hello, you can always drop in at their info points or see them on one of their hotel visits. Alternatively, you can send them a text, give them a call, email them or even tweet them, 24 hours a day – whatever works for you.