You won’t find sunbathing weather here in October but average temperatures are still quite warm (up to 18°C) so you’re likely to enjoy much nicer weather than you’ll be leaving at home. While it may rain (l0 days of the month on average), thanks to Desenzano being the biggest town on Lake Garda, there’s something to do come rain or shine. Things to enjoy indoors include the art in the cathedral, the Archaeological museum and some of the best shopping on the lake.
If you’re looking for a summer holiday in a traditionally warm climate, its best to visit Desenzano in the temperate months of May and September, or the warmest months of June, July and August but, if warm weather is not on your perfect-holiday tick-list, read on.
October is an event-filled month around Lake Garda with the International Marathon and the Bardolino wine festival and as well as having excellent links to other parts of the lake, Desenzano retains that fantastic town atmosphere without getting too busy as a result of the events (Bardolino and the northern towns are usually busiest). A huge appeal of staying in Desenzano if you want to experience other Italian towns is that it has its own train station with access to Venice, Verona and Milan. October is a great time to visit these, when they’re less busy than in the peak season.
Besides the variety of things to do here, another benefit of Desenzano being a large town is that there’s a great atmosphere all year round, so even if you’re visiting in a quieter month like October, you can still enjoy the ambiance of a bustling Italian town. If you are seeking that tranquil lakeside getaway however, try Torri and Maderno.