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Desenzano del GardaItaly

Desenzano del Garda is a pretty town on Lake Garda's southern shore, on the border between Veneto and Lombardy, considered one of the region's top holiday destinations.

Holidays in Desenzano del Garda are an excellent opportunity to spend a few relaxing days discovering the town’s stunning landscape and its artistic, historical and architectural wonders. The climate, which is relatively mild for much of the year, and a varied range of accommodation, bars, restaurants and activities of all kinds, are a good reason to arrange your holiday in Desenzano del Garda today.

As with most of the area’s lakeside towns, the heart of the city is the port, the base of Desenzano’s millennial commercial activity (mainly focused on wheat and cereals). Considered the most important grain market in seventeenth century Lombardy, the port of Desenzano retains very little of the great warehouses used to store the goods, and is now used as a harbour for the luxurious pleasure boats of wealthy tourists and local people. What were once corridors along which goods were handled and sorted, have become scenic avenues, frequented mainly for long, romantic walks at sunset. Behind the port is the main square of Desenzano, Piazza Malvezzi, where the boat that connects the towns bordering the lake also stops.

Desenzano is not only a tourist town, but a real city that remains alive and active in all seasons. Desenzano is considered a sophisticated meeting place for winter weekends, strolling, shopping and gala evenings. The internal road that runs parallel to the lakeside promenade, which starts from the sixteenth-century Piazza Malvezzi, offers more than a mile of stylish and sparkling shop windows, which alternate with the tables of ice cream parlours, pubs and town centre bars, the heart of the local night life. Although one of the strengths of Desenzano is precisely its night life, sport lovers won't struggle to find facilities for football and athletics, tennis courts, riding centres and surfing, sailing, water skiing, windsurfing schools, as well as mountain biking trails.

Another source of pride for Desenzano are its artistic and architectural treasures. Not to be missed are the Castle, the Cathedral, the Archaeological Museum (housed in the former Carmelite Monastery) and the elegant Villa Romana (famous for its mosaics and excavations). The castle, which has a rectangular footprint, occupies the highest point of the hill overlooking the harbour and much of the surrounding land. Only a few sections of the curtain walls remain of the ancient fortress, with crumbling battlements between the four corner towers, except for the one on the north-east corner which was used as an observatory until 1940. From its terrace you can enjoy one of the most beautiful views of Lake Garda. Built over a former religious building, between 1586 and 1611, and designed by architect Giulio Todeschini of Brescia, the cathedral of Desenzano is dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalen. The 1702 Baroque façade is adorned with statues by Lorenzo Muttoni and Sante Calegari the Younger and replicates the Chiesa del Gesù in Rome. The interior, consisting of three naves, is one of the best examples of the late Renaissance in the province of Brescia. Another essential stop, especially for lovers of architecture and ancient history, is the Roman Villa of Desenzano, which came to light in 1921, and is considered the most important example of a late Roman villa in northern Italy. The more than 240 square meters of finely crafted multicoloured mosaics represent cupids gathering grapes or chariot races, maenads and satyrs, wild animals and allegories. The villa is thought to have been owned by Flavius Magnus Decentius, brother of Magnentius, from whom the city got its name.

Just minutes from the town centre and definitely worth a visit is the Tower of San Martino and the Rivoltella district, with its lakeside promenade and church of San Biagio. Finally, if you enjoy riding a bike or motorbike, or just walking, you’ll be spoiled for choice among the many parks, guided hiking trails and cycle paths. What are you waiting for? Take a look at our holiday packages to Desenzano del Garda today and get ready for your next unforgettable experience!

Where to stay in Desenzano del Garda

Top hotels in Desenzano del Garda

Park Hotel
Park Hotel
4 out of 5
Lungolago Cesare Battisti 17, Desenzano del Garda, BS
Free cancellation
The price is £91 per night from 1 Dec to 2 Dec

Located in Desenzano del Garda City Centre, this golf hotel is steps away from Roman Villa of Desenzano del Garda, Cathedral of St. Mary Magdalene and Spiaggia ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (228 reviews)
Great stay at Park Hotel

"Great stay at Park Hotel. Particularly liked the location and views. Rooftop pool was nice and clean. Rooms were well appointed and cleaned daily. Only issue was that had requested twin beds and room given had double bed; staff dealt promptly with this. Overall would easily recommend this hotel."…"

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2020

Park Hotel
Residenza Miralago
Residenza Miralago
2 out of 5
Tommaso dal Molin, 27, Desenzano del Garda
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Situated in Desenzano del Garda, this beach residence is within a 15-minute walk of Port of Maratona, Desenzano Castle and Cathedral of St. Mary Magdalene. Roman ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (10 reviews)

"Great location, close walking distance to downtown Desenzano."…"

Reviewed on 30 Jun 2019

Residenza Miralago
BB Desenzano
BB Desenzano
Viale Rimembranze, 32, Desenzano del Garda, BS
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Situated near the beach, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Desenzano Castle, Cathedral of St. Mary Magdalene and Roman Villa of Desenzano del ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (35 reviews)
Felt like encroaching on a family home

"Well, I picked this b&b because of all the great reviews and have to disagree. I stay over 180 days a night in hotels and b&bs (for personal travel) and this place was unique. It was like staying at your friend's grandparents' place where you didn't know if you were really welcomed or not. The chain ..."…"

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2019

BB Desenzano
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Desenzano del Garda

Residenza Miralago
Residenza Miralago
2 out of 5
Tommaso dal Molin, 27, Desenzano del Garda

Situated in Desenzano del Garda, this beach residence is within a 15-minute walk of Port of Maratona, Desenzano Castle and Cathedral of St. Mary Magdalene. Roman ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (10 reviews)

"Great location, close walking distance to downtown Desenzano."…"

Reviewed on 30 Jun 2019

Residenza Miralago
Desenzanoloft – Lo Chalet di Marilù
Desenzanoloft – Lo Chalet di Marilù
Via Corti Romane, Desenzano del Garda

Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Provenza Cantine, Scaliger Castle and Center Aquaria Spa and Wellness Center. Le ...

Desenzanoloft – Lo Chalet di Marilù
Desenzanoloft: Yellow Apartment
Desenzanoloft: Yellow Apartment
Via Santa Maria, 16, Desenzano del Garda, Lombardy

Located in the heart of Desenzano del Garda, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Port of Maratona, Desenzano Castle and Cathedral of St. Mary ...

Desenzanoloft: Yellow Apartment
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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