Desenzano del Garda Travel Summary

With an impressive waterfront location, beautiful Venetian style houses, lovely piazzas and attractive pedestrianised centre, Desenzano del Garda is fashionable, elegant and vibrant town.  With cobbled alleyways. a medieval castle, upmarket boutiques, trendy cafés it is the perfect place to base yourself on the lakes and watch the the world go by.

The Desenzano del Garda Travel Summary is segmented into 2 key travel themes to immerse you into everything Desenzano del Garda:

  1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful town;
  2. What to See

Hope you enjoy it!  Carpe Diem!

1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful town:

There is a Mediterranean feel here owing to its palm lined piazzas and the smart marinas.  One of the highlights is the side of the harbour that has Venetian style houses, among the most beautiful to be found around Lake Garda.   There is also an ancient harbour, broad promenades and Piazzas Matteotti and Malvezzi have some great bars and restaurants.

Desenzano also has a couple historic attractions including Desenzano castle and the remains of a substantial Roman villa which has preserved some good quality mosaics and various other Roman artefacts including some sculptures.

Desenzano make an ideal base owing to the high quality accommodation on offer and location which provides great access to Lake Garda and enchanting cities such as Verona, Venice, Padova and Milan.   You can take the leisurely steamer to the nearby resorts of Salò, Gardone Riviera and Sirmione or the high speed ferries up to the north of Lake Garda to explore Malcesine, Limone or Riva del Garda.


2. What to See:

Castello di Desenzano:

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • The Castello di Desenzano was first built before the year 1000 on the perimeter of an ancient Roman “castrum”
  • Over the centuries it has often been the subject and site for numerous battles that contributed significantly to the decay of the fortress. Only the outer circular curtain wall and the towers remain. After a complicated restoration, the castle opened to the public in the spring of 2007
  • You can visit the former bellman’s apartment, and the observation point at the top, with a beautiful view over the town and Lake Garda
  • The castle also hosts several concerts and historical events during the summer


Roman Villa of Desenzano:

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • This ancient complex of Roman ruins, built around 300 BC, owes its incredibly well-preserved condition to an ancient landslide, which hid it for centuries until its discovery in 1923
  • The owner of the Roman Villa is believed to be the Roman citizen Decentius, which would explain the origin of the place name “Desenzano.“
  • You can see the mosaic floors depicting various pagan scenes


Porto Vecchio:

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Porto Vecchio, is the beautiful boat-filled harbour surrounded by the historic Venetian style pastel-coloured buildings
  • There are a number of great restaurants, cafes and bars in the area which make it an ideal place to relax


Cathedral of Desenzano:

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • The Cathedral of Desenzano was built on the ruins of an ancient church between 1586 and 1611 by the architect Giulio Todeschini
  • The facade has baroque decorative elements, while the interior, a basilica with three naves, is one of the best examples of late Renaissance in the province of Brescia
  • In the chapel you can see “The Last Supper”, a remarkable work of G.B. Tiepolo from 1738
  • In the nineteenth-century chapel devoted to Sant’Angela Merici, six paintings of Pietro Calcinardi are found on the life of the patrona desenzanese founder of the Orsolines


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