Walking up to 3 miles throughout the day and extended periods of standing during field trip; generally flat terrain, uneven cobblestoned streets. Elective climb to fortress tower 165 steps.
In the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as an egg dish, sliced cold cuts, cheeses, cereal, muesli, yogurt, fresh fruit, breads and pastries, jams, honey, butter, milk, juice, coffee, tea, and water.
Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions in the hotel meeting room just off the lobby. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. After a short break, a local expert will give us a presentation on Trentino-Alto Adige, the region in northern Italy bordered by Austria and Switzerland. Characterized by majestic mountains and picturesque lakes, it has been inhabited since ancient times. Breakfasts during the program will be buffets. Unless otherwise indicated lunches and dinners will be plated (each dish served to guests by restaurant waitstaff) from a set menu. Water is included with all meals; other beverages such as wine, tea and coffee will be available for purchase; some dinners will include wine. Evenings at leisure offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable through personal independent exploration, attending performances or other events, or simply relaxing and making new friends among fellow participants. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. Periods in the schedule designated as "Free time" and "At leisure" offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
At a restaurant near the hotel, we will have a plated and served lunch featuring dishes typical of the region; water included, other beverages available for purchase.
We will set out with a local expert on a walking field trip to the commercial center of the town, then circle back to the small Museo Civico in La Rocca — a medieval fortress situated on the lakefront, bounded by a canal with a drawbridge. The permanent exhibition illustrates the history of Lake Garda from Roman settlement to domination by nearby Verona and later by the Austro-Hungarian Empire. We will also be able to see how this small town’s location was a strategic factor during World War I and II. The remainder of the afternoon is free to explore Riva del Garda independently. You are welcome to return to the hotel and enjoy its amenities or just relax looking at beautiful Lago di Garda.
Hotel plated meal.
At leisure. You might like to take a stroll along the lakefront or in town.