Desenzano Travel Guide

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    Desenzano di Garda
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    Lighthouse at Port of Desenzano
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Desenzano Things to Do

  • Days out!!

    If you get the opportunity, definitely book the day trips.There isn't alot to do in Desenzano. So the day trips were a relief. Verona, Venice are a must see and also get the boats to the lakes neighbouring towns where more restaurants and shops are to be found!

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  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse, which stands at the end of the break-water, closing the harbour of Desenzano, is the real emblem of the town. Its huge body is made of stone, enabling it to withstand even during the worst possible weather conditions which might occur here in the winters.

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  • passageway

    When strolling around, somwhere above the parish church, you may come across to this unique passageway built of the red brick. It looks very old, probably dating from the medieval times of Desenzano. The tinny shrine is situated at its beginning, obviously worshiped by the locals.

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  • Desenzano beach

    The main lakeside resort of Desenzano is in a walking distance from the center of the town. It is of pebbls, although it looks like a sand from the distance. There is a nice restaurant here, not too much expensive, enabling you to spend whole day on the beach enjoying in swimming and sunning.

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  • Riva di Garda

    The lakeshore along Desenzano is completely embanked and turned into the attractive promenade, all the way from Rivoltela to the most northern end of the town. It is nice combination of cute little parks and city beach resorts, over five kilometres long. The Palm trees all around create almost mediterranean atmosphere of the place.

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  • Day Trips up Lake Garda

    From Desenzano a regular ferry service will take you up and down the lake.We chose to visit Gardione.It was only about 1/2 by boat. A small town but with cafes etc along the waterfront, its lovely just to relax in the sun with a coffee. Just a short walk away is the Botanical Gardens. worth a visit.Across the lake is Sirmione. A very pituresque...

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Desenzano Restaurants

  • Must See Wine Bar

    We decided to dine at one of the local wine bars in Desenzano del Garda and could not have made a better choice!Otium provided superb service, superb wine, superb food and the ambience was unparalleled to anything we had tried.The staff speaks very little English - be prepared. Couldn't pick a favorite dish it was all so good but wine was easy -...

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  • Worth finding it!

    A funky interior decor, but comfortable and small. Super friendly staff and a nice menu selection. Portions are large. My husband would say Cubana, a spicy pasta.I would say anything with seafood---theirs is perfect!Closed Wed/Thursday.Open 7pm-3am

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  • You wont starve!

    We ate in a different restaurant each night we were in Desenzano.I can honestly say we didnt have a bad meal the whole time we were there.There are a variety of restaurants, with a variety of prices and dishes to match.Im sure you'll find something to meet your needs.

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  • Handy dandy spot for a quick snack upon...

    As you walk from the station towards the town center, you will pass this little place to your left, about three quarters of the way down the hill. Lovely awning, and great patio, perfect for spreading out your map to prepare your trek.Sandwiches, pizza, quick snacks are their specialty, and it's great to sit outside and enjoy a cold beer., while...

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  • Pizza and ice cream = yummy

    If you want a nice and cheap Italian lunch, go to Piazza Matteotti where you have some places to choose from. You can also sit outdoors, but I think this costs a bit extra. We sat on a wall and that was fine. First, I had pizza with mozzarella and tomato. You can decide how big piece you want. I think the price was about 10 Euro / kg, if I'm not...

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  • For the gourmet...

    Ma Kettle and I can not speak from personal experience for this eatery. It came highly recommended by a kindly old gentleman who sat down beside us as we were tossing crackers to the swans.He warned us that it was pricey, but very good.

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Desenzano Nightlife

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    by fmk Updated Apr 12, 2005

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    Gaudy decor, buoyant drag queens, mixed crowds with all varieties of tastes and paths of life, good music (mainly house and hip-hop) and a vibrant atmosphere. Not recommended for the faint-hearted.
    Open Wed., Fri., Sat. 11pm to 4am. Entry € 10 / € 18. Coat check included.

    Dress Code: Dress as you like. The fanciest, the better -- but no door policy based on attire or appearance. This is the right place to dare wearing that audacious shirt... Once in a lifetime!

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Desenzano Transportation

  • Take the boat on the lake

    Desenzano is the main port by the lake. There are frequent connections to many places around Lake Garda. The ferry port is located in the centre, near the tourist office. There's a small office by the seaside front where you buy your tickets, before boarding the boat. Going to places nearby, such as Sirmione costs 2,60 € for adults. The most common...

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  • Sita Bus

    Ma Kettle and I had plans on travelling the length of Garda Lake this past weekend by ferry, but found the service terminated, either by heavy fog or the season had ended. Couldn't seem to find out.We took a Sita bus instead, and were most impressed by the comfort of these buses, the friendliness of the drivers, and the price. Most importantly, we...

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  • Take a ferry ride...enjoy Lake Garda and...

    Ma Kettle kept eyeing these ferries everytime one pulled into the dock. I know that next visit we will be availing ourselves of their services, so we will update as required.Update We visited Desenzano Oct 31/2005, and the ferry dock was closed. No signage indicating that it was closed for the season, but Lake Garda was fog covered. We travelled by...

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Desenzano Shopping

  • Buying groceries

    We were told that the big supermarkets are located outside of Desenzano and that you should have a car if you want to go there. Instead, we shopped our groceries at mini markets. Although the stores are small, we still managed to find what we wanted. Every market has a delicatessen counter where you buy meat, cheese and other things such as fresh...

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  • Market

    A market is held every Tuesday in Desenzano. The road which goes along the seafront is closed, from the bottom of via Antonio Gramsci and westwards, past the ferry port. The market was very full of people. If you're in a hurry (like we were), try another road! The seaside walk is free though, but at one part, you had to walk through the market. It...

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  • Dedicated to VTer DIOCLETIANVS

    This is an more clear shot of the moll and its environment, the high train bridge in the first place.

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Desenzano Local Customs

  • hanging around

    Desenzano is pretty small townlet in the winter times and very crowded in the summer and during the weekends. It offers lovely promenades, several kilometres long, along the lakeshore and the one which stretch along main shopping area.There are dozens of cafe-bars, all over the place, where one can seat and people watcing while sipping his drink or...

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  • The old core

    Another lovely scene from the old core of the town. The houses are very close to each other, makes you feel like in the Mediterranean area. There are many archways around, connecting the houses in endless row.

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  • The old core

    The old core of Desenzano looks fascinating with its short and narrow streets and in particularly with lovely passageways. Most of the houses are painted in vivid and different colours, which makes whole place very pitoresque.

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Desenzano Warnings and Dangers

  • Small lizards

    We saw a lot of lizards around the residence we stayed at. They were really small though and they seemed afraid of humans. They often went hiding in some bushes. You shouldn't be afraid of them either, but I know that many people hate this kind of animals, so I thought you'd appreciate a warning. ;) Click on the link below to read more about...

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  • Agriturismo Armea

    If you want to spent your holiday in a rural environ don't go to this location. It is situated very close to the highway (A4) approximately 50 meters. Great view from the garden to the highway. Nothing of this at their website, quite deceiving!

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  • The Flower People

    If there is one thing I dislike most about Desenzano del Garda, it is the the FLOWER PEOPLE. So nicknamed because these individuals must be sent to school to become that obnoxious!They weave in and out of restaurants, cafes and wine bars thrusting roses in your face disrupting quiet moments or personal conversations. They will come back...

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Desenzano Tourist Traps

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    by SwedeSarah Written Aug 7, 2004

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    Most shops at train stations are very expensive and the one at the station in Desenzano is no exception. There is one newsagent, but they don't sell drinks or snacks. So, you have to go to the bar next door which is very expensive.

    Unique Suggestions: Well, buy something cheaper like bottled water.

    Fun Alternatives: We used to go to this mini market at the top of Viale Cavour. It's on the right side, if you have the station behind you. It only takes a couple of minutes to walk there and you could probably save around 50% compared to buying at the station.

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Desenzano Off The Beaten Path

  • The oldtimer

    This is an real oldtimer, the boat which used to serve for the transports across and around the Lake of Garda in the beginning of the 20th century. It has steam engine which released huge smoke through smoke-stack situated on its starboard.The boat, which is well preserved and beautiful, is situated in the central part of the harbour, right...

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  • Take a short 10 minute drive to the best...

    Pizza of Italy! EVERYONE I have taken to Linus' in Lonato has loved it! It has become a favorite for the local American population. Recently they have opened a location in Desenzano, which I have yet to visit. Linus is open:Everyday for lunch and dinner EXCEPT Monday.They open early for dinner at about 5pm. Unusual for Italy. Many people come in...

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Desenzano Favorites

  • The Old Port

    The Old Port of Desenzano is the most attractive part in whole of the town. Actually, it is narrow water basin of the lake which makes natural shelter for the small boats. There are several restaurants, cafe-bars and hotels all around it. The port is favourite pedestrian area for the tourists, especially in the summer evenings.

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  • A Relaxed State of Mind!

    Desenzano was a lovely place to relax in. You could walk down to the harbour area and just sit and watch the boats coming in and out.In the evenings, it came alive with groups of young people, families out for a meals or a walk, eldery people.There were no signs of trouble, the streets were clean and tidy. All the shop keepers were very helpful...

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  • Desenzano sul Garda

    Desenzano is situated on the left lakshore of Garda which belongs to the Region of Lombardy. In fact, Lake of Garda is divided in between Regions of Lombardy and Veneto.The port of Desenzano is one of the biggest on Lake of Garda and it has the biggest Marina in whole area.It is not that classy destination as Sirmione or Riviera, therefore it is...

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Explore Deeper into Desenzano
Winged Creatures!
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Train...only way to travel
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Day Trip to Venice
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Interesting monument
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Santa Claus is coming up
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Feste Natalizie
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The Garda swans
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Do we turn left, do we turn right...
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Just enjoy wandering, and sitting
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Train to Desenzano
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Crowded trains!
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Churches
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Dedicated to VTer DIOCLETIANVS
Shopping
Dedicated to VTer DIOCLETIANVS
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Very attractive contemporary architecture
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Seaside walk
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Boat
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Piazza Malvezzi
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So much character...
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Enjoy the simple pleasures...
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Another gourmet treat...
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Walk ...hand in hand, with your best friend
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