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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Andy Adofo (20 months ago)
Great view of the whole city as well as the Lake Garda
Cloaca Maxima (21 months ago)
Very nice place that has an astonishing view right over Lake Garda, you can clearly see the city of Sirmione. It takes a bit of walking but it's worth it. Local food around is really good, amazing place.
Carina Matei (2 years ago)
Nice, but not so big, a few rooms to visit, and no guide
Ken Pan (2 years ago)
Nice Inn runner by nuns. Great view from common patio. But far from town, long walk to town ( down hill) and busses are infrequent. They grow their own food mostly. Dinner was good for the price. They have some farm animal which you can feed.
Robert Harpenden (2 years ago)
Not much to see on its own. Best to visit together with the museum & Roman villa. Top of tower provides nice views of Desenzano, but is not open to elements, windows enclose the entire area. On a hot day it is unpleasantly hot & stuffy. Mostly empty rooms, nothing else really to see.
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