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Riva del Garda is a town of 15,246 inhabitants in the province of Trento (Italy).

Riva del GardaRiva del Garda is located at the north-western corner of Lake Garda also called Benaco (70 m above sea level). Mount Rocchetta (1,575 m) rises steeply to the west, with Mount Baldo (2,218 m) to the east. This location makes Riva del Garda one of the most spectacular spots around Lake Garda. Average winters are moderately cold, sunny and with some snow; summers are warm but rarely hot or sultry, with windy afternoons and scattered PM-night thunderstorms.

Tourism is the most important activity of the town, however the town is also home to industrial activities such as paper manufacturing.

Riva del Garda belonged to the republic of Venice and later to the Austro-Hungarian empire until 1918. Since 1918 Riva del Garda has been a part of Italy.

The Museo Civico is located in the Rocca, a medieval fortress placed on the lake, bounded by a canal with lifting bridge. It is frequently the seat of cultural activities, especially during the summer months.

With its two harbours Riva del Garda is well equipped for sailing and windsurfing. Rock climbing is also practised. Basketball is also very popular and probably the main sport of the town: the local top team, the GS Riva Gardacartiere, plays in the Italy’s 3rd national division and for the “big games” the PalaGarda arena is packed with 1000 to 2000 people.

 

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