Taking a break at the lake: Riva del Garda

November 10, 2014 / Places
Riva del Garda, Trentino Alto Adige

It was a hot Saturday in July, and we were on the Italian autostrada heading from Bolzano to Verona with a million other summer travelers. In high season most vacation rentals in Italy are booked from Saturday to Saturday, so on these transfer days the roads are complete chaos. To entertain the kids, we counted the number of different countries we could spot on license plates (the number of Swiss and the Dutch plates tied for first place, then German, then French, then Polish, Czech, and the UK), but we soon decided to take a break from the traffic snarl as we were close to the northern end of Lake Garda. We exited the autostrada at Riva del Garda, followed the signs for the lakeside, and parked in a giant parking lot with other beach-goers. It was a short walk to the beach, with beautiful views of the lake.

Riva del Garda

Ahhh, the water felt so good on our toes!

Riva del Garda bathers

People were reading and relaxing on the grass next to the lake, or on the pebbly (not sandy!) beach.

Riva del Garda beach
Garda with palm trees

We didn’t unpack swimsuits or towels, but Riva del Garda was the perfect spot for a short break with gorgeous scenery. Just what we needed to get back on the road refreshed, and continue our journey down to Verona.

by Madeline Jhawar

Madeline is the owner of Italy Beyond the Obvious, and creates Italy itineraries for independent travelers.

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