Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Italy’s chapter on Lombardy and the Lakes has to say about Riva Del Garda:
“Wedged between the towering rock face and the lake’s narrow northern rim, Riva del Garda lies across the border from Lombardy in the Alpine region of Trentino-Alto Adige. The main reason to visit the local-history ex¬hibits at the Museo Civico is the waterfront castle, Rocca di Riva, dating from 1124, in which it’s housed.
You can scale the adjoining Torre Apponale for a stunning panorama of the lake and mountains. The 13th-century square tower is topped by an angel-shaped weather vane.”
KAPOORS ON THE ROAD
At last we reached the top of the lake where it ends abruptly with high cliffs on the western and northern edges. Thankfully, the road descends down to water level where the little town of Riva Del Garda is nestled. We managed to find a free parking spot a little out of town, but it looked like a nice distance for a walk in the warm afternoon air.
We strolled around the waterfront, admiring the clock tower and the paddlewheeler moored at the dock. It was late afternoon and we realized that once again, we had completely missed having lunch and it would be a long while before we could have dinner. We decided to seat ourselves in a restaurant facing the lake, finding a lovely table in the sunshine. As soon as we had we done so, the sun dropped behind the cliff face and the temperature dropped at leave 10 degrees when the wind picked up.
The waiter suggested that we move into the glass-walled portion of the restaurant because it was only going to get chillier. We ordered a vegetarian pizza with loads of eggplant because the kitchen wasn’t really geared up for a proper meal at that time of day. Once again, the tourists showed up hungry outside of normal dining hours.
Before leaving, we wandered over to view a near-by memorial in the shape of a ship’s bow, bearing the phrase ‘Memento Audere Sempre’. It is a phrase in Latin coined by writer and poet Italian Gabriele D'Annunzio, the same poet that the ‘Il Vittoriale degli Italiani’ tourist attraction at Gardone Rivera was inspired by. It’s hard to translate but it means something like ‘Always remember that means risk’.”