The Bastione, in grey stone, situated at the foot of Mount Rocchetta, is one Riva del Garda’s symbols, dominion of the city and the Lake Garda.
It was built in the early XVI century, when the Venetian domination over Riva ceased, to guarantee more security to the underlying village and its inhabitants. It was destroyed in 1703 by the French troops under leadership of general Vendôme undermining the main body and making it unusable. It’s a few minutes walk from the port of Riva, along a road that winds through the black pinewood of Rocchetta.
The Bastione has recently been restored, supervised by the Architectural Heritage Office of the Autonomous Province of Trento.
NEW SPRING 2020:
Part of the area is currently closed due to work in progress for a panoramic elevator, but it is still possible to enter the Bastion from the rear gate: the site is open from monday until saturday from 8:00 to 17:00 excluding public holidays. During the month of August also on sundays.