Desenzano Holidays

Enjoy a vibrant lakeside holiday in Desenzano

Desenzano combines a lakeside setting with a lively atmosphere. The centre's thriving with bars, cafés, pizzerias and an impressive pedestrianised shopping area. Mingle with the locals as you walk around the narrow streets, stopping to browse the unique items found in some of the family-run boutiques. Stroll a bit further and head uphill to the medieval castle that overlooks the town – you’ll get some of the best views of the lake from up here.

If you want to get some sun, we recommend heading to one of Desenzano’s three public beaches. There's sun loungers and parasols to rent as well as lake-view cafés where you can stop for a drink. The lakeside comes alive in the summer evenings with trendy bars welcoming tourists and locals.

What to see on a Desenzano holiday

One of the best things about Desenzano is how easy it is to get out and explore. The ferries leave regularly so popular towns like Garda, Peschiera and Sirmione are easy to get to. The town's station has regular trains to both Verona and Venice, which are perfect for day trips. But if you’ve already been or fancy escaping the crowds, we recommend heading to Padua. It’s a small, energetic city that doubles as a museum with the Basilica of St. Anthony’s extraordinary frescoes and a jumble of architecture from Gothic to Renaissance.

Discover more things to see and do on Lake Garda.

Why book a holiday to Desenzano with Inghams?

We've been working with our hotel partners in Desenzano for many years so you can be sure of the best value and a wonderful service while you're away. You're holiday is always in safe hands with Inghams.

  • from£658pp
  • 40 rooms
Piccola Vela Hotel, Desenzano, Lake Garda, Italy - Exterior & outdoor pool.jpg

This hotel has been a favourite with our guests for many years. It's got modern interiors and beautiful gardens that surround the building. You'll find two pools here as well as a small spa and friendly restaurant. The location's great too. The centre of Desenzano and the lake are just a short walk away.

  • from£719pp
  • 62 rooms
Hotel Villa Rosa, Exterior

Hotel Villa Rosa mixes modern style, relaxation and fine food with the lake just minutes away. This is a great sophisticated spot for your Lake Garda holiday. The rooms are fresh and modern and we love the heated outdoor pool. You get some great lake views from there! The centre of Desenzano is a short walk away.

  • from£749pp
  • 50 rooms
Hotel Mayer & Splendid, Exterior

This hotel has a perfect location in the centre of Desenzano. It's right in front of the ferry stop, close to bars, shops and restaurants, and around a 15-minute walk from the station. It's steeped in history and has been managed by the Mayer family for seven generations. Join them for a drink on the fantastic terrace that overlooks the lake.

  • from£449pp
  • 24 rooms
Residence Villa Maria, Main Hotel & Reception

The Residence Villa Maria Apartments are ideal for a family get away. Stay in your own private apartment and enjoy the natural surroundings. There's loads to keep everyone entertained, with an outdoor pool and tennis courts on site.

  • from£679pp
  • 52 rooms
Park Hotel, Aerial View

Hotel Park is a modern hotel in Desenzano's historic centre. The lake is right on the doorstep and you'll get incredible lake views from the rooftop pool. If that wasn't enough, it also has incredible food, wonderful service and a beautiful lakeside terrace that'll be hard to take yourself away from.

Excursions

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Venice Classic from £73 per person (full day)

Venice is not to be missed! This excursion allows you to explore the city with a guide and at your own pace. You’ll arrive by coach and grab a water taxi to the centre. You’ll also have the option to add on a gondola ride (payable locally). There’s plenty of time to take in sights of the Basilica, Doge's Palace, St Mark's square and the Rialto bridge  – this is the perfect introduction to one of Italy's most magical cities.

Departs: Tuesdays and Thursdays

Verona from £45 per person (full day)

Verona is one of Italy’s most charming little cities. This day trip dips into the romance of the medieval city, reliving the scenes from Romeo and Juliet while wandering around through the cobbled streets and past ancient buildings. The impressive 2,000-year-old Roman arena is one of the best preserved Roman amphitheatres in the world and is currently home to the Verona Opera, and the marble paved shopping street of Via Mazzini leads you to the stunning Piazza Delle Erbe. 

Departs: Fridays

We act at all times as a selling agent for the suppliers. All excursions require minimum numbers to run and are subject to change. Some excursions may not be available to pre-book in low season but may be available to book locally subject to numbers. Prices will be confirmed at the time of booking. Please see our terms & conditions.

Things To Do

Things to see and do

With a large ferry port and train station, you won’t run out of things to do in Desenzano. This is one the best places to stay on Lake Garda if you’ve got sightseeing on your agenda. You can travel all round the lake by ferry - head for a leisurely day to Sirmione to try their famous gelato. Or jump on a train for some city sightseeing. There’s so much to see and do in Verona or Venice. Don’t forget about the smaller cities though, they can be a real hidden gem.

There's lots to see and do in the town itself, too:

  • Desenzano’s castle looks out over the town and you get some great views over the lake from the tower entrance. You can walk around the walls here and take in the history.
  • The archaeological museum is a must-see if you’re interested in history. They’ve got a great selection of Bronze-Age artefacts. Grab a combination ticket that includes the castle to save a few euros.
  • Head to the town’s Roman villa to get an idea of how wealthy Romans used to live when they holidayed on the lakes. It was built more than 2,000 years ago and you can wander around the ruins and see the mosaics left behind. We recommend watching the short video that explains the original layout of the house.
  • See the Last Supper by Tiepolo at the Cathedral of Santa Maria Maddalena – a 16th Century church. You can’t miss it – it’s in the centre of Desenzano and it’s a great option to escape the crowds for a while.
  • The Parco Sigurta botanical gardens are just south of Desenzano but we love visiting them while we’re here. It’s a great, wide-open space where you can get back to nature.
Hotel Europa SkyPool & Panorama, Exterior Harbour

Explore the best of Lake Garda on this multi-centre holiday. You'll start in the south in bustling Desenzano before taking a scenic ferry to Riva in the north. We've included excursions to Venice and the Dolomites as well as wine tasting so you get the most out of your holiday.

Good to know

  • Take the train for a day trip to one of the nearby Italian cities like Verona or Brescia
  • Experience the buzz of the weekly market in the town’s main square Piazza Malvezzi
  • Visit the old port and feel as though you have been transported to Venice with its lasting influences from the Venetian rule
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