The Parco Grotta Cascata Varone is about 3 km north of Riva del Garda, towards
Tenno, and can be reached by public and intercity bus lines which leave Riva del Garda
every hour on the hour.
The waterfall is one of the most popular natural attractions on upper Lake Garda. Public access was inaugurated on 20th June 1874 in the presence of King John of Saxony and Prince Nicola of Montenegro. Since then, the Parco Grotta Cascata Varone has become one of the main tourist destinations on Lake Garda, a special stop off point with its picnic area and free public car parks. The waterfall is fed by underground springs from Lake Tenno which feed the Magnone stream which cascades into the gorge with a drop of almost 100 metres. This rare natural spectacle can be admired in all its beauty thanks to walkways which afford views from below and above. Just 50 metres after the ticket office, situated in an interesting building designed at the beginning of the last century by the famous architect Giancarlo Maroni (also known as the designer of the Vittoriale degli Italiani, residence of Gabriele D’Annunzio in Gardone Riviera), you reach the access to the caves below. Here you can see the erosion of the limestone rock by water over 20,000 years, and heading up the gorge you reach the final part of the waterfall. Turn back the way you came and you can cross the park and the botanic garden, admire a wide range of vegetation, some of which comes from other parts of the world, which happily cohabit in the Lake Garda microclimate. This pleasant stroll leads to the upper cave, the main viewing point for the waterfall. You can enter through a 15 metres manmade tunnel, which leads into the mountain. It is a breathtaking scene, a ravine, a fantastic gorge created by the water, almost 100 metres deep. The noise of the water and the air currents surround you and it is an utterly unique experience.