Residence Villa Maria

  • Lake Garda, Italy, Desenzano

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Residence Villa Maria's a great place for families and small groups. These self-catering apartments are just outside Desenzano in in a really peaceful park area. The main hotel's a Liberty style villa which has 24 separate villa apartments around it.

There's loads to keep you and the children entertained here. The pool's surrounded by loungers and the bar is nearby. In the mornings you could have a few games of tennis - get that family competition going! The court's free for guests to use. You can also hire bikes locally - it's a great way to explore the area. It doesn't take long to cycle to the centre of Desenzano and it's a nice route into town (partly along the lakeside). The town's full of shops and restaurants so a great place to stop for lunch. If you want a longer ride, you can cycle to the nearby town of Sirmione.

The apartments are really spacious with two separate bedrooms and a living room and kitchen area. There's loads of space for the children to run around! The kitchen's got everything you need to rustle up some tasty food. The supermarket's just across the road so it's easy to stock up.

Transfer time: approx. 45 mins by coach from Verona airport.

  • No. of rooms: 24
  • No. of buildings: 24
  • No. of floors: 1


Check in is at the Hotel Villa Maria, which is on the same site as the apartments.

  • Official rating: 4

Local Fees and Taxes

A tourist tax of approx. €2 per person (aged 14+) per night is payable locally.


Apartments are about 50m² and can sleep up to six people. They're simply decorated with tiled floors and and are decorated in warm tones. They have one double bedroom, a separate twin room, one bathroom with a bathtub, a separate living/dining area with a kitchen corner and an outdoor patio area. The kitchen includes a fridge, two electric cooking rings, a microwave, a kettle and crockery. The sofa can be converted into a double sofa-bed. Facilities include air conditioning, TV, safe and a hairdryer. Bed linen and towels are included. 

There's loads of space for families to hang out!

  • Lift accessible: No
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • No. of steps into property: 5
  • Access ramp: No

Please not that the apartments may not be suitable for guests with limited mobility as there are some steps into the property and the bathrooms have bathtubs. 


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.

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.


Pre-book your excursions online or give us a call

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.

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free outdoor parking 
  • Garage (payable locally)
  • Large outdoor pool (swimming cap is compulsory)
  • Tennis court
  • Bike rental (payable locally)
  • Small pets allowed (charge of €20 a night, payable locally)
  • Poolside bar serving drinks and snacks
  • Pool towels are available (payable locally)
Family Facilities

Cots are available for €10 a day (payable locally).

  • Hotel family friendly

These self-catered apartments have their own kitchen area. The closest supermarket is only a few hundred metres away, so you can stock up on essentials.

In the main hotel building there are two bars to choose from; a cosy indoor bar or the outdoor pool bar where you can enjoy drinks while you relax in the sunshine. There's also a café open from 9.30am - 11pm, if you fancy a drink during the day. 

Board basis options available

  • Self Catering
Location in resort
  • Longitude: 10.561352
  • Latitude: 45.458806
  • Location Description:
    • 600 metres to the lakefront
    • 200 metres to the nearest bus stop
    • 100 metres to the nearest supermarket
    • 2 kilometres to the centre of Desenzano (30 minute walk)

Reviews of Residence Villa Maria

Tripadvisor reviews
Total price from
per person from £449
Includes £310pp discount
Residence Villa Maria
Desenzano, Lake Garda,Self Catering
01/06/2022 - 7 nights
6 adults
From Bristol
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