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The Bastion

Mount Rocchetta, 38066, Riva Del Garda, Italy
+39 393 905 0379
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Wonderful views to town

It is a nice climb from the center: about 1km, with 130m ascent. There are excellent views to town... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Oulu, Finland
View well worth the climb

Take your time walking up here and pace yourself. The view is great and all in all great for your... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Thurles, Ireland
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The Bastione, a tower of grey stone, located at the foot of Mount Rocchetta, is one the symbols of Riva del Garda, overlooking the city and Lake Garda. It was built in the early XVI century, just after the end of Venetian domination over Riva. It was destroyed in 1703 by the French troops under leadership of general Vendôme, who mined the main body thus rendering it unusable. It’s a few minutes walk from the port of Riva, along a road that winds through the black pinewood of the lower Rocchetta. The path then rises further to the chapel of St. Barbara on the mountainside (610m) and the Rocchetta itself (1520m). The Bastione has recently been restored. Visitors may see the imposing external bodywork and what is left of the inside from a winding staircase. The locations enjoys an excellent view.
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Mount Rocchetta, 38066, Riva Del Garda, Italy
+39 393 905 0379
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a nice climb from the center: about 1km, with 130m ascent. There are excellent views to town and lake. The castle itself is not a reason to climb up. There is a nice restaurant with views.

Thank ExpTravellerOulu
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Take your time walking up here and pace yourself. The view is great and all in all great for your heart.

Thank lcoman
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The path up to the Bastion from Riva is well maintained and a steady rather than a steep climb. It is well worth the walk. The views are excellent, there is a nice cafe at the Bastion and the tower itself has been renovated really...More

Thank missdixon
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

This is a great little walk up from Riva to the ruin castle The Bastion. It took us about 25 minutes at a slow but steady pace. Yes it is a bit steep in spots but the reward is the view of the Lake and...More

1  Thank Brett b
Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

Really challenged walk up (And more if you do it with a baby in a stroller) but it works. The view of the lake is stunning! And have the mountains just behind you is extraordinary!

Thank Day A
Reviewed 4 October 2017

Very good and interesting long walk but well worth the climb great restaurant at top with great food

Thank Jimboemma
Reviewed 3 October 2017

It takes about 25 minutes to walk to The Bastion from the bottom of the hill. The views over Riva Del Garda are worth the walk and The Bastion itself is interesting to explore although it is quite small. The pathway up from Riva can...More

Thank Speedy-Bird66
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

Steep climb on a made path but worth the spectacular view and lunch at the end. I'm not good with slopes or hills but was pleased that I made it.

Thank Shazzer1a
Reviewed 29 September 2017

At 68 I found the walk up to the Bastion arduous but the views make it worthwhile. The zig-zag path was longer than I had anticipated and the tower itself uninspiring. The cafe at the top was a pleasant respite though 4 euros for a...More

Thank Polyana63
Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

A long but beautiful walk up to castle can see why they have grottos going up. When you arrive the view is breath taking well worth the walk.

Thank R0isin17
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14 September 2016|
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Response from JScott371987 | Reviewed this property |
Yes but it would not be easy. It is quite a long way and parts of it are steep.
Richard N
19 September 2015|
Response from Alanyeti | Reviewed this property |
It's a steadily steep climb up, but on a well-surfaced trail.
18 September 2015|
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Response from Travelagentlucy | Reviewed this property |
It also closes every Wednesday