If you’re a foodie, Desenzano is the place to be. Here you’ll find everything from cheap and cheerful pizzerias that sell large pizza slices for as little as €2 to award-winning gourmet restaurants. Most restaurants are along the lakeside promenade, but these can be expensive because of their location, so head towards the backstreets for something slightly cheaper.
With an outdoor courtyard so you can watch the stars, Ristorante Corte Pozzi is extremely popular with the locals. The food is tasty and the service is charming, and there are inside tables if you don’t want to sit outside.
On the Via Guglielmo Marcon is the 133 Sushi Club, an elegantly decorated sushi restaurant with trendy art installations. There are lots of options to choose from and the dishes are always colourful and nicely presented.
With pretty views of Lake Garda from both the outdoor terrace and inside the restaurant itself, Ristorante Rose & Sapori is the ideal spot for a romantic meal. This Italian fine-dining restaurant has a sophisticated menu which includes gluten-free options, and lovely staff who try their utmost to make your experience a special one.
Desenzano town is a maze of narrow streets but there’s also open piazzas, a harbour and a lakeside promenade that runs along to shingle beaches either side of town.
The most relaxing way to get around the lake is by water – motorships, catamarans and hydrofoils all run from Desenzano to most of the other towns around the lake. Visiting the other southern towns is quick and easy, but the longer trips north are more expensive.
The train station is in Piazza Luigi Einaudi, 15-20 minutes’ walk from the centre of town (can be reached by local bus or taxi). From there, you can catch a direct train to Venice (from 2.5 hours), Verona (30 minutes) or Milan. (2 hours)
An efficient bus service runs to most other towns around the lake, all the way up the west shore to Riva. However, though it’s very useful for short journeys, it’s not as reliable for longer trips.
| ||Adult ||Child (0-12) |
|Wine Tour ||€44 ||Free* |
|Grand Dolomites Tour ||€57 ||Free* |
|Venice ||€73 ||Free* |
|Florence ||€81 ||Free* |
|Mantua and Sigurta ||€56 ||Free* |
|Venice by night ||€77 ||Free* |
|Lake Garda Tour ||€50 ||Free* |
|Verona ||€44 ||Free* |
|Milan ||€56 ||Free* |
* 1 free child place per full paying adult.
Some entrances, tolls and optional extras are payable locally.
Twin centre suggestion
Why not combine a stay at the Hotel Nazionale in Desenzano with a stay at the Hotel Giberti in Verona; call us to book the perfect combination for those wishing to experience the Italian lakes and a city in one trip. Transfer to your second centre is by coach or minibus and may be via Verona Airport.
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- 24/7 support and assistance via phone and email – we will text you the rep's contact number before you leave, so they're only ever a call or text away.
- Online info pack with lots of useful resort information and tips – you can also contact our reps at any time to ask questions about your holiday; even before you leave.
- Thomson Lakes & Mountains app with travel documents, resort maps, weather forecasts and a currency converter.
Our reps will meet you at the airport, help you get to your transfer and confirm any pre-booked excursions. They'll also be available in resort to invite you on an informative welcome meeting or walkabout. If you need anything during your holiday, just check your info pack or the app to find them in resort for a chat.