Arco di Trento; also called Arco, is a town situated around six kilometers north east from Riva del Garda.
It is overlooked by a Medieval castle. I still haven't visited it. I have read it is painted with some cycle of frescoes.
I visited Arco lots of times. It takes around an hour to get there from the village where I live.
Piazza III novembre is Arco's main square. Here you see a large church; the colleggiata dell Assunta. It dates to the XVII century. It was built on the ruins of a previous church. beside it there is a big Baroque fountain; the Mose's fountain. It was built in the 1600.
Opposite this fountain you see the town hall. It was the counts of Arco' s palace long ago. It was first built in the 1500, but the building you see dates to the 1700.
Opposite the church is Palazzo Giuliani Marcantoni. It was originally built in the late 1400 and rebuilt in the 1700. This palace houses the archives of Arco and is a place where civil weddings take place.
Cazzaniga bookshop is surely more than a bookshop. In fact here you will find various stationery items and gadgets for lots of purposes. This is also a place to look for a nice present. This shop is located in via Segantini.
This bookstore has a large choice of books on sale. There is even a room where you can sit and have a look at some books while having a drink.
Beverages are not sold here, but part of this bookshop serves as a room for the cafe which faces Arco main square.
Practically, the rear of this shop is part of a short arcade that ends inside the cafe. This arcade includes another shop. Unfortunately this arcade is closed from 1 to 3 p. m. because the shops are closed during these hours.
The old core of Arco has lots of back streets to explore..
In this town you can discover some nice things right in the old center.
There is a beautiful park not very far from the town center. The Arboreto.
It was laid out inside the parco Arciducale in the 1960' s. This park was created by the archduke Albert of Absburg around 1872 on the grounds of his mansion.
The Arboreto houses more than 150 species of trees and plants from all over the world. There is also a nice small lake with fishes and turtles here.
There are even some green houses at the Arboreto.
Near the Arboreto there is the Medieval area of Arco. Here you see narrow streets, lots of clustered houses and a small church. Long ago this area was inhabited mostly by farmers and artisans.
To go to this area from piazza (square) III Novembre you can go to via (street) Vergolano until via Stranfora.
Every year, in the main square in Arco a Christmas market is held.
The market is made of lots of stall. Here you could find various items; as typical food, handmade creations (Christmas decorations, scarves...). As in other Christmas markets there are stalls where you can have some food and beverages.
A spot with some farm animals and a buggy train were some of the things you could find at this market.
If you are going to stay some days in Arco or if you have some hours left you could visit a coffe factory; Omkafe.
At Omkafe they began to grind and sell coffee from 1947.
Beside the factory here there is an interesting museum of coffee with various things related to it. Coffee grinders, coffee machines, cups et al.
I suppose you can visit the factory on a guided tour. I am not sure.
On the ground floor of the building there is a beautiful shop where you can buy sweets. mugs, tea strainers and various things.
I could also have a complimentary cup of coffee at Omkafe.
Omkafe is situated on the outskirts of Arco.