Desenzano Holidays

Desenzano combines a lakeside setting with a lively atmosphere. The centre is 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.

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.

Latest from Desenzano
Latest video
{{src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QCTICkljLio?rel=0"}}
Dinner time in Desenzano
  • from£929pp
  • 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.

  • from£549pp
  • 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 Desenznao and the lake are just a short walk away.

  • from£1034pp
  • 62 rooms
Hotel Villa Rosa, Exterior

Hotel Villa Rosa mixes modern style, relaxation and fine food with the lake just moments away. A sophisticated spot for your Lake Garda holiday.

 

 

 

 

  • from£639pp
  • 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£539pp
  • 40 rooms
Hotel Nazionale, Exterior

Hotel Nazionale is five minutes from the centre of Desenzano and offers contemporary rooms and trendy public areas. A bar serves excellent cocktails and leads to the pool and terrace where you can relax on a lounger or in the whirlpool.

  • from£490pp
  • 46 rooms
Hotel Bonotto-18.jpg

Hotel Bonotto is modern, friendly and just 100 metres from Lake Garda. Its right in the centre of Desenzano and you can enjoy great views from its stunning roof terrace.

Excursions

FREE EXCURSION | Pre-book 3 excursions per person and receive Verona* full day FREE.

Please note: Only one Verona opera booking per person can be counted towards your 3 excursions.

PRE-BOOKABLE EXCURSIONS 2019

Verona Opera - Jun to Sept - please visit our Opera information page for booking details and prices

Wine Tour from £48 Tuesdays only
12.35pm - 6.50pm
Spend the day sipping some of the finest wines of the Veneto and Trentino regions in the sunshine. Discover the secrets of wine making and enjoy a small snack with a selection of full bodied fresh, refreshing whites and vibrant rose.

Tour of Lake Garda from £48 Mondays and Fridays 
8.15am - 6.45pm 
Explore the resorts of Lake Garda with one of our fantastic tours. Take a coach down the famous Gardesana road and cruise the crystalline waters on a boat trip to resorts with time for shopping, sight seeing and lunch.

Dolomites from £53 Mondays only  
6.40am - 8.00pm 
Drive through the scenic South Tyrol right through to Pass Pordoi and immerse yourself in the vibrant countryside of the Dolomites. Stop for a drink at one of the Refugio's or explore the flora and fauna on foot during this guided tour.

Venice Classic from £70 Tuesdays and Thursdays 
8.30am - 7.30pm 
This spectacular guided tour offers you a full day in the rich and decadent city of Venice. Including coach and water taxi transfers, our tour leader will guide you through the sights and on a gondola (optional and payable locally) before you enjoy free time to explore this enchanting city at your own pace.

Verona Classic from £43 Tuesdays and Fridays
9.30am - 5.40pm  
Visit one of Italy's most popular citta d'Arte and traverse this spectacular medieval city which is home to the Roman Ampitheatre, Juliet's balcony and the stunning Via Mazzini.

Bookable Locally

Milan from £59 Thursdays only
Take the coach down to the cobbled streets of Milan and spend the day immersing yourself in the stunning architecture of this industrial city.

**Please note that 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. See terms & conditions.** 

Resort Combinations

Two Centres | You can combine your 7 night stay in Desenzano with 3, 4 or 7 nights in Venice or Verona, or any other Lake Garda resort.

Things To Do

Holidays in Desenzano give you great access to two harbours and two public beaches. The resort has the best ferry and hydrofoil services on the lake so the main lakeside towns, including Garda, Peschiera and Sirmione, are very accessible. Bus and train connections are excellent and Verona, Venice and Padua are within easy reach.

You can also attend the Verona Opera from Desenzano, see our Verona Opera information page.

  • Panoramic views from Desenzano castle
  • Archaeological museum
  • Roman Villa
  • 16th century cathedral where the Last Supper by Tiepolo can be found
  • Visit to Parco Sigurta botanical gardens
  • Boat trips to other resorts around the lake
  • Gardaland theme park
  • Caneva World waterpark
  • Cinema
  • Cycling
  • Sailing
  • Tennis
  • Walking

 

Hotel Europa SkyPool & Panorama, Exterior Harbour

An 11 nights two-centre holiday exploring the contrasts between the north and the south of Lake Garda. It includes 4 nights in Desenzano and 7 nights in Riva. To book this Lake Garda Highlights tour, please call our reservations team on 01483 791 111.

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
Feefo badge