Santa Barbara Church, Riva Del Garda

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  • This church represents the culmination of a walk for everyone, advisable in the summer with good weather. Despite being a technically simple and not too long (don't take the time 1:15, usually it takes much less), you will reach a point quite scenic. The departure is from shore, one encounters in order the rampart (200 m), la Capanna Santa Barbara (died 570) and finally the Church of Santa Barbara (died 620). Point out an alternative for lovers of climbing, from Capanna Santa Barbara following the route 404/bis we can make a simple friendship, but very scenic Railway, to do only with proper equipment! Unfortunately the status of staircases and it is certainly not the best, maintenance of this Via Ferrata is definitely subpar. Overall though the walk leading to the Church is recommended to all, taking into account where appropriate of this variant with Via Ferrata, for those interested.
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  • Very impressive and particular Church to 600 meters ca. above sea level, was built in the last century by miners. Challenging walk (1:15/1:30), but not too much, and definitely worth it because it offers a spectacular view of the Busa (Riva, Arco, Torbole) and the beautiful Lake Garda. Recommended for families with children not too small (because they get tired soon and then cry, I was so Hahaha) and also quite numerous. After the trouble you can relax at the Capanna Santa Barbara, eat something good and sunbathing. (Check timetables of refuge because it is not always open)
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  • Hard to climb to the top with 2 kids! Breathtaking, panoramic views of Lake garda. Missed stop at the Bar of the bastion.
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  • Trip advisor rated as the top thing to do in Riva Del Garda so this is obviously something you have to do... Well I'm not so sure this is true, I did and I loved it. However this isn't for the couch potato. To reach the Chapel there is a very good walk which at times is very steep and most of the time is over rough terrain. From Riva it's a 1.8 mile trek with a 1758 ft of assent. I would suggest walking poles especially for the decent. The views from the Chapel are stupendous while the chapel itself is a bit of a let down. While you're up there taking some photos you can rest your legs for the way down. Part way you pass the Bastion where you can grab a snack and drink. Consider taking the walk in the afternoon as the path will be in the shadow of the mountain making it a little cooler. I went up in 1 hour 2 minutes and down in 48 minutes but I did pay for it with sore legs the next day. Would I do it again, absolutely and I would aim to break the hour, would I recommend everyone to do it... Absolutely NOT.
  • It took me about an hour an half to get to the top. I am not a very active or fit person. I found it very challenging but with enough rest you can do it. Not suitable for kids. Wear good hiking shoes. Walking pools are advisable. Totally worth it for the view, and experience. You can also spot few native spices of bird, insects and reptiles.
  • Chapel above Riva. It takes you about 1 hours and 15 minutes to walk uphill. Route is not dangerous but good hiking shoes are must. On the top you can admire Garda lake from above.
  • Great views and a fun hike to this little monument. The monument itself is pretty underwhelming. You need to be decently fit to make the hike.
  • Very nice view over Riva del Garda

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