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Desenzano Roman Villa

The most important example in Northern Italy of the great late Roman villas

Where
Lake Garda

Today, the Villa of Desenzano is the most important evidence of the large and sumptuous Late Antique villas in northern Italy.

The building, located just north of Via Gallica, enjoyed beautiful surroundings along the southern shore of Lake Garda.

The owner of the Roman Villa is believed to be the Roman citizen Decentius, which would explain the origin of the place name "Desenzano."

The remains of the villa (which date back to different periods between the end of the Republican era (first century BC) and the end of the imperial age (fifth cent. AD), span out for about a hectare.

This undeniably complex, sprawling building, with a unitary orientation, has residential quarters that alternate with rustic structures. The key focus of the villa's design was the lake: the various rooms were distributed in a way that would offer the most views of the water. The designed also aimed to allow the building as a whole to be seen from the lake.

The main routes of the Villa were organised in a sequence from the lake into the interior and oriented at right angles to the shore. The Villa undoubtedly had structures that connected it to the lake, including piers, moors and docks, and perhaps even fish ponds (piscinae) for fish farming, which completed the various ways to enjoy and take advantage of the lake environment.

Looking at the mosaic floors depicting various pagan scenes, visitors will be enchanted by their beauty for the variety of colours in the mosaic stones: cupids gathering grapes, cupids of chariot racing; maenads and satyrs; beasts attacking wild animals, allegories of the four seasons; a character (Orpheus or the Good Shepherd ) with a dog and a sheep in a bucolic landscape.

At the entrance of the villa you can visit a small museum with relics unearthed during excavations.

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Places

CATHEDRAL

Churches at Desenzano del Garda
  • Religious Tourism
CATHEDRAL
59 mt

Desenzano del Garda

Desenzano del Garda, a destination cherished by visitors alike in the Lake Garda. The old pier and the Castle with a panoramic view
  • Lakes
Desenzano del Garda
190 mt

Desenzano Castle

The imposing Castle overlooks the nearby town of Desenzano and today is used for exhibitions, conventions and musical events.
  • Art & Culture
Desenzano Castle
275 mt

Palazzo Callas Exhibitions

It is located in the central Piazza Carducci in the historic center of Sirmione. It offers an exhibition area of over 400 square meters
  • Lakes
Palazzo Callas Exhibitions
309 mt

RAMBOTTI ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

Museums at Desenzano del Garda
  • Art & Culture
RAMBOTTI ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
431 mt

Palazzo Todeschini

Solemn building with fifteen arches, overlooking a characteristic port of Garda, is now an important venue for conferences
  • Lakes
Palazzo Todeschini and Porto Vecchio in Desenzano
431 mt

Rambotti Museum

Located in an area rich in Bronze Age testimonies, it offers a wide panorama of the prehistoric cultures of Garda
  • Lakes
Rambotti Museum
548 mt

Palazzo Salvadego

  • Art & Culture
Palazzo Salvadego
837 mt

Ugo da Como Foundation

Set on the green morainic hills of Garda, in the heart of the village of Lonato, stands the monumental complex of the Foundation
  • Art & Culture
Ugo da Como Foundation
4.17 km

CASA DEL PODESTÀ UGO DA COMO

Museums at Lonato del Garda
  • Art & Culture
CASA DEL PODESTÀ UGO DA COMO
4.26 km

ROCCA VISCONTEO VENETA E MUSEO ORNITOLOGICO

  • Art & Culture
ROCCA VISCONTEO VENETA E MUSEO ORNITOLOGICO
4.26 km

ABBAZIA DI MAGUZZANO

Churches at Lonato del Garda
  • Art & Culture
ABBAZIA DI MAGUZZANO
4.26 km

PIEVE ROMANICA DI SAN ZENO

Churches at Lonato del Garda
  • Art & Culture
PIEVE ROMANICA DI SAN ZENO
4.26 km

FORNACI ROMANE

Archaeological sites at Lonato del Garda
  • Art & Culture
FORNACI ROMANE
4.26 km

VILLA BARBIERI

Dwellings at Padenghe sul Garda
  • Art & Culture
VILLA BARBIERI
4.37 km

PADENGHE CASTLE

Castles at Padenghe sul Garda
  • Art & Culture
PADENGHE CASTLE
4.37 km

Terme di Sirmione

  • Wellness
Terme di Sirmione
5.8 km

PIAZZA CARDUCCI

Sites of interest at Sirmione
  • Lifestyle
PIAZZA CARDUCCI
5.8 km

MUSEO ARCHEOLOGICO

Museums at Sirmione
  • Art & Culture
MUSEO ARCHEOLOGICO
5.83 km

SCALIGERO CASTLE

Castles at Sirmione
  • Art & Culture
SCALIGERO CASTLE
5.84 km

Events

Valtenesi with taste

Lonato del Garda (BS)
09/02/2018 - 27/04/2018
  • Food & Wine
Valtenesi con Gusto
4.26 km

Italia in Rosa

Castello
Moniga del Garda, BS
01/06/2018 - 03/06/2018
  • Food & Wine
Italia in Rosa
6.1 km

Golf Open d'Italia 2018 at Gardagolf

Gardagolf Country Club
Via Angelo Omodeo, 2, Soiano del Lago (BS)
31/05/2018
  • Golf
Golf Open d'Italia 2018 at Gardagolf
7.96 km

Where to sleep

MONIGA (MEUBLE')

Desenzano del Garda
MONIGA (MEUBLE')
24 mt

GARONZI

Desenzano del Garda
GARONZI
40 mt

LADY B (EX. FACCHINI BIANCA CLARE)

Desenzano del Garda
LADY B (EX. FACCHINI BIANCA CLARE)
45 mt

SISI PUB

Desenzano del Garda
SISI PUB
48 mt

SILVI HOUSE

Desenzano del Garda
SILVI HOUSE
48 mt

VIA ROMA 21 DESENZANO

Desenzano del Garda
VIA ROMA 21 DESENZANO
55 mt

CASA ARCOBALENO - TONOLINI TIZIANO - 1

Desenzano del Garda
CASA ARCOBALENO - TONOLINI TIZIANO - 1
58 mt

CORTINOVIS VERONICA - CAPPELLETTI

Desenzano del Garda
CORTINOVIS VERONICA - CAPPELLETTI
87 mt

CORTINOVIS VERONICA - ARIOSTO

Desenzano del Garda
CORTINOVIS VERONICA - ARIOSTO
90 mt

PARK HOTEL

Desenzano del Garda
PARK HOTEL
108 mt

BELLUSCHI ALBERTO

Desenzano del Garda
BELLUSCHI ALBERTO
112 mt

THE FLOWERS APARTMENTS A

Desenzano del Garda
THE FLOWERS APARTMENTS A
116 mt

MAGHY'S HOUSE

Desenzano del Garda
MAGHY'S HOUSE
123 mt

BIGI ALESSANDRO

Desenzano del Garda
BIGI ALESSANDRO
123 mt

PORTO VECCHIO

Desenzano del Garda
PORTO VECCHIO
123 mt

ALESSI DIPENDENZA

Desenzano del Garda
ALESSI DIPENDENZA
125 mt

ALESSI

Desenzano del Garda
ALESSI
125 mt

PAVONI DAVIDE

Desenzano del Garda
PAVONI DAVIDE
126 mt

THE FLOWERS APARTMENTS B

Desenzano del Garda
THE FLOWERS APARTMENTS B
128 mt

PIROSCAFO (GARNI')

Desenzano del Garda
PIROSCAFO (GARNI')
128 mt