The Bastione of Riva del Garda

Built in the 16th century, the Bastion is a fortification that overlooks the city of Riva del Garda.

Built in the 16th century, the Bastion of Riva del Garda is a majestic fortress that overlooks the town and the old port of Riva del Garda.

In this guide, you will discover the history, architecture, and how to reach it

The History of the Bastione of Riva del Garda

The Bastione of Riva del Garda was built between 1507 and 1509 by the Most Serene Republic of Venice, which had just completed the conquest of the city. The construction was commissioned to ensure greater security for the lower village and its inhabitants. The fortress was one of the numerous defensive works undertaken by the Venetians during that period to maintain their control over the conquered lands.

Over the centuries, the Bastion has suffered various damages, being destroyed on multiple occasions and subsequently rebuilt, becoming a testament to the past. In 1703, during the War of the Spanish Succession, the central body of the bastion was destroyed by French troops led by General Vendome, rendering the fortress unusable. Subsequently, the Bastion was abandoned and remained in ruins for many years.

Only in the recent renovation, completed in 2007, the structure was restored to its former glory, thanks to the intervention of the Autonomous Province of Trento. Today, it represents one of the main monuments of the city and is a highly appreciated tourist destination.

How to reach the Bastione of Riva del Garda?

To reach the Bastione of Riva del Garda, there are several options, some more convenient than others.

On foot.

The most traditional and healthy way to reach the Bastione of Riva del Garda is undoubtedly on foot.

If you want to take a leisurely walk and enjoy the view, you can choose the ascent via the CAI 404 trail towards Bastione (200m)/Chiesetta di Santa Barbara (610m).

It’s a fairly easy trail to hike, and it will take you to the top of Bastione Hill in about 20-30 minutes. Along the way, you can admire the beauty of the surrounding nature and take some panoramic photos.

With the panoramic elevator

If you don’t enjoy walking or have difficulty moving on foot, or simply want to try a different experience, you can take the beautiful panoramic elevator that will take you directly to the top of the Bastione in just a couple of minutes. The panoramic elevator departs from the Monte Oro parking area, a paid covered parking facility where you can leave your car if needed.

The cost of the elevator ticket is €4 per person for one way, and €7 for a round trip.

Children under 120 cm and disabled individuals can access for free. Dogs are allowed one at a time for free, but they must have a muzzle and leash.

The Bastione of Riva del Garda