The ancient Desenzano castle was originally built around the year 1000. Enlarged at the end of the 15th century, the castle never became a real military fort, but served primarily as a refuge for the population. The plan of the castle is an irregular rectangle, with the tower that stands out at the entrance on the northern side, protecting the drawbridge, which loopholes for the chains are still preserved. The castle is open to the public.

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Founded: c. 1000
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Stephen Donnelly (8 months ago)
Only 5 euro to enter , great local history, very entertaining videos on ancient local mythology. Fantastic views of the lake and surrounding area
Valentina Meredith (8 months ago)
The castle in Desenzano is the focal point of this fantastic village I highly recommend a visit
IT (9 months ago)
Nice place and nice view! If you don't like to have many people around you, you have to come early!
Mehak Fatima (10 months ago)
Very Calm and soothing place.nit overlay crowded and with some good restaurants.
Jayde Müller (11 months ago)
Im giving 5 stars because the guy who worked the desk was so nice! Tickets were only €3 a person for the tower and the view was pretty! The castle itself was okay, I wouldn’t want to go again though
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