Discover Desenzano del Garda
Enjoy a lakeside resort where history, beauty, Italian culture and beach life meet
Opinion is divided as to whether the popular resort of Desenzano del Garda in the Brescia region of Lombardy, northern Italy, is a small city or a large town. What is certain, though, is that the 'capital of Lake Garda' offers an abundance of cultural, historical and recreational experiences and activities to delight very visitor, and does so with effortless charm.
In an area of breath-taking natural beauty on the southern shore of Lake Garda that has been inhabited since the Bronze Age, Desenzano's popularity as a holiday resort has remained undiminished since it first attracted the wealthy families of Verona in the 1st century BC.
Blessed with superb views of the Italian Alps the town is a haven for those who enjoy outdoor activities, with hiking, horse-riding, mountain-biking and climbing featuring among the many ways in which visitors can immerse themselves in and appreciate Lake Garda's sublime landscapes.
Desenzano itself is equally attractive, from its picturesque harbour to its historic public squares; the Piazza Matteotti and Piazza Malvezzi. From these pedestrianised central precincts a network of streets, arcades, courtyards reveals handsome medieval buildings, eclectic shops and enticing gelataria, traditional cafes and bars, museums and galleries and countless other attractions. Relaxation, meanwhile, is provided courtesy of Desenzano's three sun-kissed, white sanded beaches; the perfect spot to unwind with a drink and enjoy an unforgettable Lake Garda sunset.