If you want to stay in one of Lake Garda’s proper Italian towns and enjoy lovely the best of the mid-summer weather, stay in Desenzano in July. It’s usually Lake Garda’s hottest month and, with Desenzano’s position on the southern part of the lake, it gets the very best of the sunshine.
Desenzano is great if an essential part of your holiday is a beach (it’s got three) and with its own train station, is also brilliant if you want a base from which to visit other popular Italian destinations. Only a 20 minute ride on the train is Verona, an amazing place to visit any time of year but particularly in July when the Opera festival is in full swing.
Whether your perfect Lake Garda summer holiday is lazy, action packed or a bit of both, Desenzano is a good place to keep everyone happy. Enjoy leisurely afternoons watching the boats come in and out of the harbour, refreshing treats in one of Desenzano’s gelaterias or even a round of golf at the Chervò Golf San Vigilio. For keeping cool in the midday sun, take a walk around Desenzano’s vineyards or browse the fantastic range of shops. At a cooler time of day, a walk around the Roman villa is a fascinating way to pass the time and offers a fantastic view over the lake. One of the most popular things to do in Desenzano in July is to take a boat trip – whether you rent your own vessel or let an experienced local do the hard work, it offers an amazing experience of the lake. Evenings in Desenzano at this time of year are warm, providing the perfect opportunity to dine al fresco in one of the town’s much feted restaurants and sample its bar scene, which is considered by many to be the best nightlife in Lake Garda.
We love that there’s something for everyone in Desenzano’s warm, Mediterranean-like climate and bustling town atmosphere and, with the Festival of Lake Garda visiting Lake Garda’s resorts in July, this is the perfect time to go on holiday. If you want to experience Desenzano at a cooler (and less busy) time of year, book your holiday in May, or for cooler resorts in July, try Limone and Gardone Riviera.