The Roman Villa
Unearthed in 1921, the remains of Desenzano's grand Roman villa
which was completed between the first and fourth centuries BC is
one of the most important archaeological sites in northern Italy.
An intricate mosaic floor depicts hunting, fishing and farming
scenes whilst the villa's accompanying museum contains many ancient
and valuable artefacts including jewellery, lamps, sculptures and
utensils that were recovered during the site's excavation.
Duomo di Santa Maria Maddalena
Building began on Desenzano's sixteenth century cathedral in
1586 and took seventeen years to complete. Whilst the cathedral's
architecture warrants a visit in itself, it is the collection of
masterpieces dating from the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth
centuries, including a stunning rendition of the Last Supper
painted in 1738 by Gian Battista Tiepolo, and the beautiful high
altar of inlaid marble that make the cathedral truly
Desenzano has hosted an open-air market since the fifteenth
century. The current incarnation is held every Tuesday morning and
occupies a large area of the lakeside promenade. An attraction for
locals and visitors alike this vast and colourful maze of
stalls opens early in the morning to sell a wide variety of
household goods, clothing, bags and shoes along with irresistible
fresh produce, including superb local cheeses, fruit and
vegetables, flowers, fish and assorted Italian delicacies.