Highlights of this trip

  • Old port
  • Malvezzi Square
  • Roman Villa
  • Castle of Desenzano
  • Archaeological Museum
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Best things to do in Desenzano

Lake Garda is a popular tourist site for millions of visitors each year. What is the explanation for this? Beautiful scenery and activities for all types of vacationers. We went to Desenzano, one of the most beautiful villages in the area, which is only a few kilometers from Sirmione.

Desenzano del Garda is a lovely town on the southern side of Lake Garda in the province of Brescia. In Desenzano, you can explore ancient Roman ruins, see the castle, stroll along the picturesque old harbor, or rest at the beach.

Sirmione can also be seen in the distance from Desenzano's lakeside. But don't be fooled: getting there by swimming is difficult. Here are our top 5 recommendations for things to do in Desenzano del Garda:

* Old Port

* Piazza Malvezzi

* Villa Romana

* Castle of Desenzano

* Archaeological Museum

Old port of Desenzano del Garda

Under the authority of the Serenissima, the historic harbor of Desenzano del Garda was founded for commercial purposes in the fifteenth century. The "alla veneziana" bridge, which currently delimits the port area, was built in the 1930s of the previous century.Post Creator

This is where aperitifs, romance walks, and postcard photographs take place. The multicolored boats that float peacefully on the water, generating a kaleidoscope of reflections, will captivate you.

Malvezzi Square

We are in the heart of Desenzano del Garda, Piazza Malvezzi. It was designed back in 1500 by the architect Giulio Todeschini. Today it is named after the partisan Giuseppe Malvezzi, killed by Nazi-fascist troops in 1945.

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Every first Sunday of the month from May to November, Piazza Malvezzi comes alive with a wonderful Antiques Market. Walking among the stalls you can admire or buy antiques, collectibles, paintings and much more.

Roman Villa of Desenzano del Garda

The Villa Romana is a significant archaeological site for the entire Lake Garda region. Brescia's region, beginning with the capital, is rich in Roman ruins, villas, mosaics, and other classical relics.

Excavations for the construction of a home began in Desenzano in 1921, but were quickly halted when the first polychrome mosaics were discovered. According to archaeological findings, the Roman Villa as we know it today dates from the fourth century AD.

Castle of Desenzano

The Castle of Desenzano del Garda, built around the eleventh century, served as a defensive structure, providing a safe haven for the city's inhabitants in the event of an attack. The ancient building has been reduced to ruins, yet its rooms offer a breathtaking view of Lake Garda.

The Castle of Desenzano is still the city's icon thanks to the preservation of the crenellated walls and towers. It has been the municipality's property since 1969, and exhibitions and conferences are conducted there.

Archaeological Museum of Desenzano del Garda

The Civic Archeological Museum "Giovanni Rambotti" is another attraction in Desenzano del Garda. Numerous items discovered in Brescia's region, particularly around Desenzano, are displayed here. The artifacts date from the Paleolithic through the Middle Ages.

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The museum concentrates on the prehistoric pile structures of Brescia's lower Garda district, which were "houses on the lake" for the men of the time. Because of the humid climate, these structures have been well preserved, providing us with vital knowledge on the agricultural techniques used.

Cycling on Lake Garda

The Garda by Bike project's unfinished bike path allows you to appreciate one of Europe's most magnificent landscapes from a great vantage point.

Every day, a large number of cyclists prefer to cycle around the lake. For the time being, the project just covers the 2 km of lakefront trail that begins in Limone sul Garda.

The 190-kilometer bike path will go around the full perimeter of the lake, passing through Lombardy, Veneto, and Trentino Alto Adige. Athletes will be able to put their muscles to the test, while those seeking tastings and wineries will be able to sample the region's wines, including Bardolino and Lugana.

Christmas Markets

Traditional activities, concerts, decorations, light and sound effects, Christmas shopping with free parking, and entertainment for adults and children will take place over the course of a month.

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The Municipality of Desenzano del Garda, in partnership with the Desenzano Sviluppo Turistico Association, organizes a season of festivities and traditions called Christmas Time in Desenzano del Garda.

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Musical events and squares, concerts, presentations, cribs and exhibitions, decorations, light installations, entertainment, and the obligatory Santa Lucia for children are among the many projects scheduled throughout December, until the Epiphany.

Where to stay in Desenzano?

Ai Santi B&B in Dossobuono, near lake Garda

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Castle of Desenzano

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Sony Alpha7

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We are Alessia & Luca. From Tuscany with love ♥ Passionate about travel, photography, nature, sports and trekking. Fall in love with our Italy, with its beautiful crystal clear waters and high mountains, but we don't miss opportunities to travel abroad. Let's travel together!

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