01 September 2020

Perhaps not everyone knows that, a few decades ago, in Riva del Garda there was a yellow chairlift which, amidst breathtaking heights and a bit of thrills, led up to the terrace of the Bastione, a splendid 16th century fortress that dominates the city from Monte Rocchetta.

Going up, especially on Sundays with the whole family, was a nice moment of cheerfulness. Today, this tradition lives again and does so with all the comforts and undeniable advantages of modernity.

How? With the Bastione new inclined lift!

Bastione new inclined lift

The ascent to the Bastione

It’s always the right moment to enjoy a panorama or an aperitif with a view.

Getting on the elevator is an emotion that stays with you. The cabin, entirely in transparent glass, offers all the beauty of the surrounding landscape. Going up you fly towards the Rocchetta. It’s an excellent idea to take advantage of the lift to get to the Bastione and then from there continue on foot (in a trekking outfit) along the path that leads to the small church of Santa Barbara, built in 1935 by the miners who worked on the pipelines of the Ponale power station.

The ascent of the Bastione new inclined lift only takes just over two minutes. Once you have got out of the cabin, the intense scent of the woods and the green setting all around the restaurant awaits you. From up here, the deep blue of the lake is fabulous and conveys freshness and a wonderful sense of freedom.

The view is breathtaking! Monte Brione in front of us with its “lady’s hat” shape, the Baldo, the Apponale Tower that stands 34 metres high and gives a view all around Riva del Garda, which from up here looks like a harmonious succession of alleys and squares, monuments and churches.

The return along the path

Good advice is not to use the lift to return, but take the short path that leads from the Bastione back to the centre of Riva del Garda. The path, illuminated in the evening, is easy and undemanding and in less than half an hour you can reach Via Monte Oro, from where the panoramic inclined lift starts.