Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approximately 42 miles total throughout the day; about 2 hours total, with stops for field trips. Walking up to 2.5 miles total throughout the day; about 1.5 hours in Riva del Garda on flat terrain and roughly 1 hour in Canale di Tenno on hilly terrain.
We will board our motorcoach and head north to reach to Riva del Garda, another “pearl of Garda Lake.” This time, however, it is in the province of Trento in the autonomous region of Trentino where we will have an expert-led visit with a local expert who will show us the most important monuments of the town. We’ll see the Baroque Church of the Inviolate, St Joseph Gate, which was previously part of a church but is now just a street passage, and 3rd November Square near the Pretorio Palace. In spite of being at the foot of the Alps, the climate of Riva del Garda is Mediterranean thanks to the influence of the lake, and the vegetation is again typical of the Mediterranean Sea. The history of Riva del Garda is rich thanks to the Bishop of Trento, then Mastino della Scala, lord of Verona, and then the Visconti family of Milan. Tourism is an import source of revenue, but artisan manufacturers and the paper industry are also thriving components of the economy. Afterwards, we will enjoy some time for independent exploration. You may wish to climb the Bastion on the slope of the Mount Rocchetta, or perhaps visit the MAG Museo Alto Garda. The museum has an interesting archeological section and XIX century painting gallery.
On your own in Riva del Garda to enjoy what you like.
We will then transfer to Canale di Tenno for a field trip through this medieval town with a local expert. Canale, named one of “the Most Beautiful Borough of Italy,” is a magical tiny village with narrow alleys, arcades, little squares, and houses attached to each other, typical of the medieval time. The village was completely abandoned after World War II, but during the 1960s, it was brought back to life thanks to local artists. The artists founded the Casa degli Artisti and dedicated it to the painter Giacomo Vittone (1898-1995), making it an important meeting point for artists from all over Europe. We’ll then return to the hotel.
At the hotel, we’ll have a plated and served farewell meal with wine and water; other beverages available for purchase.
At leisure. Share some of your favorite experiences from the program with new Road Scholar friends. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departures in the morning.