Situated on the southern shore of Lake Garda with stunning views of the Alps, Desenzano del Garda boasts a perfect mix of lakeside scenery and ancient archaeologically. The historical harbour and medieval castle offer deeper immersion, while buzzing bars and beaches provide ample leaisure by the water.
Things to do in Desenzano del Garda
Enjoy an afternoon on Desenzano del Garda’s pebble beach, where you can soak up Italian sun in the warm waters and stroll along Desenzano’s scenic promenade. For a lakeside meal, head to Porto Vecchio, Desenzano’s old harbour, and sample exquisite local confections at open-air restaurants, like Gattolardo.
Explore the charming piazzas and narrow shopping lanes of Desenzano’s old town, including the Castello, a stone fortress atop a hill that overlooks the town. Built at the end of the 9th century, the castle’s irregular shape characterises Desenzano’s appearance. Explore the paths and courtyard below the castle’s crenelated walls and ascend a spiral staircase to the observatory for countryside views.
Interested in the local history? Desenzano’s Roman Villa is the perfect place to see beautifully preserved Roman ruins. With some of the most impressive mosaics outside of Rome and an educational museum that recreates the daily lives of the Romans that lived here, it’s an entertaining and educational experience.
Getting around Desenzano del Garda
Desenzano del Garda is conveniently located along Italy’s rail network, making train travel one of the best ways to reach the city. Alternatively, fly into nearby Venice and reach Desenzano by car. The city is small and attractions can be reached by foot. Ferries and buses provide access to other towns around Lake Garda.