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Desenzano Italy Best places to visit on Lake Garda

Still a hidden gem to many world travelers.

Desenzano del Garda is a town in the province of Brescia, in Lombardy, Italy.  It is situated right on the southwestern shore of beautiful Lake Garda.

It is also known as the capital of Lake Garda.  

Enjoying lazy sunny afternoons on the beach, or late night visits to the piazzas, strolling through town or exploring a few interesting shops… it is all here.

Rent a car and explore the beautiful Lombardy countryside around the city.  From Desenzano to Sirmione is only a 15-minute car drive.

Explore Lake Garda and neighboring towns.  Enjoy local cuisine and do some sightseeing.

…or take a romantic walk along the promenade.

Let's see what there is to do
  • This beautiful spot is the starting point of many tours of the ever-popular Lake Garda.  From here you can easily reach the eastern coast of Lake Garda, towards Lazise, Bardolino, Garda, or Torri del Benaco. 
  • Visit the local market which takes place every Tuesday in the streets of the town center.
  • The Roman Villa was a very impressive Villa, with pools, thermal baths, and a terrace overlooking the lake. The remains of the villa include elaborate mosaic floors.  The whole villa can be visited, and there is also an Antiquarium on site.
  • Stop at Porto Vecchio – There are really nice restaurants and it is really a nice place to spend some time.
  • Take in the beautiful views from Castelo di Desenzano.  (hilltop stone castle with sweeping views)
  • Visit the Cathedral of St Mary Magdalene
Visit Desenzano del Garda a resort town on the southern shore of Lake Garda in northern Italy.
Things to do in Desenzano Del Garda
What is Desenzano famous for?

Desenzano is well known for its many beautiful pebble beaches.  You can visit:

  • Desenzanino beach (one of the most visited), and
  • Feltrinelli Beach 

In the hamlet of Rivoltella, there are two more beaches:

  • Porto Rivoltella, and
  • Golden Beach (with a restaurant, bar, and disco)


Lake Garda is also famous for its breathtaking scenery, and so is Desenzano.

How to get to Desenzano

Lake Garda is really big.  Keeping in mind that it has an area of 370 square kilometers (143 square miles) and 150 km (93 miles) of coastline, divided into three regions.  Still, it is easy to get around, as there is an extensive public transport system.  You’ll have no issues getting to your destination.

Your nearest airports to Lake Gardo are:

  • Verona Catullo (VRN)
  • Milan Bergamo (BGY)
  • Milan Linate (LIN)
  • Venice (VCE)
  • Milan Malpensa (MXP)
Is Desenzano worth a visit?

As it is the largest city on the lake, we do recommend a visit.  It is a beautiful Italian city and it is on Lake Garda, do we need to say anything more…

what to do | Things to do in Desenzano Del Garda
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Where to stay / Accommodation

Hotel Piroscafo

Stay in a cozy, family-owned establishment right on Porto Vecchio and overlooking Lake Garda.

Hotel Acquaviva Del Garda

Panoramic views of the lake, of Sirmione and the Scaligero Castle

Hotel Mayer & Splendid - Wellness e Spa

Excellent location right on the shore of Lake Garda, close to everything.

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And while you’re in the area, read more about the beautiful and romantic city of Verona.