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Why Visit Desenzano? 

Desenzano is a town on the southwestern shore of Lake Garda and lies within the region of Lombardy. It is a popular tourist resort due to its beautiful port, the rich history of the town and its breath-taking surroundings.

One of the biggest reminders of the town’s vibrant history is the castle of Desenzano. This castle was built in the year 1000 and is still standing today, be sure to tour the castle and discover its history! A tour of the Onepio Winery is a great way to see how wine is produced and sample some of the local produce.

There is a great mix of history and attractions in Desenzano and the surrounding areas that make the town a great destination for both couples and families. Whether you like a relaxing holiday or an adventurous trip away, Desenzano has something for everyone!

The closest airport to Desenzano is Verona Villafranca Airport. Flights from Dublin operate to Verona 4 days a week during the summer season, with an estimated flight time of 2 hours and 40 minutes. A 30-minute transfer from the airport will get you to Desenzano, where your holiday can begin.

Things to do in Desenzano


  • Visit the beautiful 15th century Desenzano cathedral.
  • Have a drink by the beautiful town port.
  • Visit the archaeology museum to discover the history of Lake Garda.


There are many bars in Desenzano to enjoy a cocktail or a local Italian wine. During the summer season, there are several nightclubs open so you can party the night away!

Dining Out 

There are many restaurant’s in Desenzano serving delicious local Italian and international cuisine.

For Families 

Families will love a visit to the Caneva waterpark in Lake Garda. The are many slides and attractions in this park to make it a fun day for families of all ages!


There are many designer and high street stores in downtown Desenzano if you’re looking for a new holiday outfit!

1000 Miglia Race

If you’re visiting in May, be sure to check the days when the 1000 Miglia race passes through Desenzano. Deemed as the most beautiful race in the world, the 1000 Miglia starts at Brescia and passes through Desenzano on the way to Rome, and you will be sure to see plenty of beautiful vintage sport cars!

Best time to go

The best time to visit Desenzano is during the summer season. Temperatures average in the high twenties, making it the perfect time to go for a sun holiday! The festival of the lake also takes place during the summer, bringing a variety of events to Desenzano and the surrounding towns.

Local Info


Euro is used in Desenzano.

Time Zone

Italy is one hour ahead of Ireland (GMT+1).

Getting around

Renting bikes is a great way of seeing Desenzano and lake Garda, and there are many companies in Desenzano offering bike rental at a reasonable price.