Hotel Astoria, Desenzano Del Garda ***
This hotel is situated just a short walk from the centre of the town of Desenzano del Garda, one of the many beautiful towns situated on the southern shores of Garda - the largest lake in Italy, situated halfway between Milan and Venice. View hotel
Double rooms from €60
Hotel Al Cacciatore, Desenzano Del Garda ***
This hotel is in Desenzano del Garda just 800 metres from the shores of Lake Garda. The lake has many tourist sights to visit including the ancient walled town of Sirmione at the southern end of the water, which is easily accessible from this hotel. View hotel
Double rooms from €50
Hotel Plaza, Desenzano del Garda ****
Within easy reach of the Milan-Venice autostrada and railway, and with regular buses from the main Lombardy towns, Desenzano del Garda is the largest town on Lake Garda, one of Italy's most popular tourist destinations. Here you'll find the Hotel Plaza, a stylish modern hotel with breathtaking views over the lake itself. View hotel
Double rooms from €59
Sitting at the southern tip of Lake Garda (the largest of the Italian lakes), Desenzano del Garda is a lovely little town which has (since Roman times) been a holiday resort for visitors from Verona. The draw today, as then, has been its superb setting with views across the waters of the lake, which stretches 30 miles to the north, to the Alps. There are three big beaches (Porto Rivoltella, Spiagga d'Oro and Desanzanino) and a host of good hotels, from the extraordinarily expensive to the very affordable, for visitors. The port itself is a delight, with colourful boats bobbing up against a tree-lined harbour. Enjoyable hours can be wasted here at the many bars, restaurants and gelatarie, gazing out across the waters.
Ferries run from here to the numerous towns and resorts around the lake. Garda also has plenty of watersports, and there is the Gardaland theme park nearby - great for keeping the children happy for the day. Sights in the town itself include the Cathedral of St Mary Magdalene, the House of St Angela Merici, the Torre di San Martino, the Museo Civico Archeologico (museum), a number of lovely old villas (Villa Romana) and the castle. The hub of the town is a series of interconnecting squares (piazze), with some good shops, restaurants and bars. Desenzano is in the Brescia province of Italy's Lombardy region. Near neighbours include Peschiera, Salo, Gardone Riviera, Gargnano and Torri del Benaco. The cities of Brescia and Verona are within easy reach.