Italy, Lake Garda
Riva is the main resort at this end of Lake Garda and boasts superb scenery, elegant parks and a long lakeside promenade. It has many fine buildings, especially around colourful Piazza Tre Novembre and the 12th Century La Rocca castle dominates the waterfront. In the cobbled streets of the old town you will find an excellent variety of shops, attractive terrace cafés, bars and restaurants. The large, clean, white pebble beach is popular for lake bathing. Stroll along the lake to Torbole and explore other lakeside villages by ferry on your holiday in Riva.
The Wine Festival in Bardolino (29 Sep-3 October) brings the summer season on Lake Garda to a close. Five days celebrating the new harvest of the grapes from which the famous Bardolino wines are made. Plenty of opportunity to taste the wines and sample regional food specialties, all accompanied by musical concerts ending in a spectacular firework display over the lake.
A night at the opera in the ancient arena in Verona must surely be one of life’s great experiences even if you’re not an opera buff. The 2016 programme (24 June - 28 August) sees the return of the all-time favourite Aida by Verdi loved for its lavish scenery and costumes. But there are also performances of La Traviata and Il Trovatore by Verdi and Turandot by Puccini, as well as the return of Bizet's much-loved opera, Carmen. If you are staying in one of the main Lake Garda resorts such as Riva, we can book any of the performances (listed on our Verona Opera page) and transport to and from Verona is included, in addition to your Opera ticket. However, not all performances may be available. Performances start at 9pm, but you will be taken to Verona in plenty of time to enjoy a pre-opera dinner in a restaurant of your choice.
Resort Code: ITRI
Languages spoken: English
Time difference: GMT+1
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Transfer Approx. 1hr 45mins by coach.
Supplements: are based on 7 nights departures.
Self drive is available
Car hire available: Yes
Evening resort bus service: No
Parking available: No
Resort Ski bus available: No