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 (3 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
IT (4 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 (5 months ago)
Very Calm and soothing place.nit overlay crowded and with some good restaurants.
Jayde Müller (6 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
Sabrina (2 years ago)
Amazing ancient castle with the most stunning and picturesque views. However, a lady at the ticket office was rather rude and unwelcoming and would not accept any UK ID as I was entitled to a discount. Other than that I really enjoyed the castle.
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