Roman Villa and Antiquarium

Via Crocefisso, 22 - Desenzano del Garda

Roman Villa in Desenzano, a journey back in time

This grandiose example of Late Antiquity Roman villa is a true treasure trove of history and culture. Built starting from the late 1st century b.C., the villa was overlooking the lake and had docks and piers. It is assumed that it also had tanks for fish farming.

The archaeological area is composed of:

  • The remains of the monumental villa with stunning examples of mosaic floors;
  • Green areas around the ruins, where old stones emerge from the ground. There are several exotic plants able to grow thanks to the lake’s mild climate;
  • Antiquarium, where the ticket office is located. It’s a multimedia space with two rooms displaying artifacts found in the area such as pottery, lanterns, and bronze utensils.

Over the centuries, the building was subject to several transformations. A thermal area was added to the original residential space.
The Roman Villa was discovered in 1921 during excavations. It’s another beautiful attraction added to Desenzano’s rich heritage.

Roman Villa in Desenzano: plan your visit

The entrance to Roman Villa in Desenzano del Garda is on Via Crocefisso 22. It is just a short walk from the train station. Alternatively, you can park your car in one of the town’s parking lots and walk to the old centre by the cathedral.

Paid entrance. Accessible to the disabled.

Opening hours:

  • Every day 9am to 6pm
  • Tuesday to Sunday (1 March – 31 October): 8:30am to 7pm –
  • Tuesday to Sunday (1 November – 28 February): 8.30am-4:30pm archaeological area, 8:30am-7pm Antiquarium

Closed: Monday if not a holiday; otherwise closed on Tuesday Also closed on: 25 December, 1 January, 1 May

Tickets: full price € 4; reduced € 2; free for under 18 and on the first Sunday of the month.


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