Riva, the second largest town on Lake Garda (15.986 inhabitants) after Desenzano in the south, is dominated by the influence of the Habsburg dynasty, who reigned this place from 1802 to 1918. Famous writers such as Franz Kafka and Thomas Mann, to name but a few, visited Riva to relax; they turned the small town into a famous health resort.
Today, Riva is a successful combination of Austrian down-to–earth approach and Italian ease. But it is also a mixture of young guests and those who are young at heart, all of them united by their enthusiasm for the Mediterranean landscape.
To get to Riva it is best to take the Rovereto south exit off the motorway, from there it is a short drive of 20 km to get to the northern shore of Lago di Garda. People who live in Riva can not only enjoy the longest beach on the lake but also the fascinating mountains in the hinterland. In the town itself one can find everything which is necessary for an easy-going life.