Desenzano del Garda is a town and comune in the province of Brescia, in Lombardy, Italy, which borders Lake Garda. It also borders the communes of Castiglione delle Stiviere, Lonato, Padenghe sul Garda and Sirmione.
Map of Lake Garda showing the position of Desenzano.
In the 1st century BC the area around Lake Garda, including what is now Desenzano del Garda, became a favourite resort for rich families from Verona, then the main Roman city in north-eastern Italy.
Main sights 
- The Cathedral of St Mary Magdalene
- The House of St Angela Merici
- The Tower of St Martin (Torre di San Martino)
- An archaeological museum (Museo Civico Archeologico)
- Several old-style villas (Villa Romana) and a castle
The city is a popular holiday destination in Southern Europe. It attracts myriad tourists from the immediate area owing to its beautiful view of the Alps from the southern shore of Lake Garda, its three large beaches (Desanzanino Beach, Spiagga d'Oro, and Porto Rivoltella Beach) and its 27 major hotels. Desenzano is the heart of nightlife on the southern shore of Lake Garda, with several discos and pubs. In the summer its main squares, Piazza Malvezzi and Piazza Matteotti, are crowded all night with young and partying people.
At the heart of the city is a series of interconnected piazze that house numerous open-air cafés, various shops, gelaterie (ice-cream parlours) and bars.
The city has a main port near the Piazza Giacomo Matteotti, from where several ferries operate. On the south-western outskirts of the city is a large railway station, the Desenzano del Garda-Sirmione railway station (Stazione Ferroviaria), which connects the city to the European railway system. Desenzano also has its own exit from the A4 motorway, the main road between Milan and Venice.
World heritage site 
It is home to one or more prehistoric pile-dwelling (or stilt house) settlements, which are part of the Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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