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Villa Romana

Visit this Roman building known for its well-preserved mosaics and explore its museum of intriguing artifacts.

Villa Romana is considered to be one of Northern Italy’s most important remaining villas from the Late Roman era. In addition to vivid floor mosaics, this attraction includes a small but interesting museum of artifacts collected during excavations of the area. Discover an insight into the compelling art, architecture and engineering of the ancient Romans. 

The villa was originally constructed in the first century B.C., with additional renovations taking place between the second and fourth centuries. It is believed the villa and the town were named after the villa’s original owner, Decentius. A landslide covered the site in the 12th century and the remains were finally rediscovered in 1921.

The villa extends over 2.5 acres (1 hectare) and contains a residence, garden, courtyard and a thermal sector. Be sure to watch the short video explaining the layout of the villa before exploring the site. You might notice that the rooms are designed to maximize views of the southern shore of Lake Garda. 

Don’t miss the Antiquarium, a small museum located at the entrance of the villa, which displays necklaces, utensils, sculptures, portraits and other artifacts discovered on the site. Keep an eye out for a second-century glass bowl decorated with Christian symbols. Look for an ancient mill used for pressing grapes or olives, as well as two panels with recomposed frescoes. 

Be sure to see the hypocaust, an underground heating room constructed under the flooring. The remains of this system are evidence of the Romans’ brilliant engineering techniques. 

Take your time admiring the villa’s beautiful mosaic flooring, which was preserved for centuries under the landslide. The bright red, olive, orange and black colors depict scenes of fishing, hunting, farming and chariots. You’ll also see ancient spiritual symbols, a dog and sheep in a countryside landscape, Cupid gathering grapes and allegories of the four seasons. 

Villa Romana is open throughout the week, with regular Monday closures and shortened hours from November to February. There is a small entrance fee. 


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B&B Della Mimosa

B&B Della Mimosa

Viale Antonio Gramsci 46, Desenzano del Garda
4.7
of 5, from 22 reviews
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Located in the heart of Desenzano del Garda, this bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Roman Villa of Desenzano del Garda and Cathedral of St. Mary Magdalene. Port of Maratona and Desenzano Castle are also within 10 minutes.

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Park Hotel

Park Hotel

Lungolago Cesare Battisti 17, Desenzano del Garda
4.3
of 5, from 35 reviews
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Located in City Centre, this hotel is steps from Cathedral of St. Mary Magdalene and Roman Villa of Desenzano del Garda. Port of Maratona and Desenzano Castle are also within 10 minutes.

Apartments The Flowers

Apartments The Flowers

Piazza Malvezzi 20, Desenzano del Garda
4.8
of 5, from 5 reviews
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Located in City Centre, this apartment is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Port of Maratona and 5.7 mi (9.1 km) from Scaliger Castle. Gardaland is 15.9 mi (25.5 km) away.

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Albergo Trattoria Alessi

Albergo Trattoria Alessi

via Castello 3, Desenzano del Garda
4.2
of 5, from 38 reviews
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Located in City Centre, this hotel is steps from Cathedral of St. Mary Magdalene and Desenzano Castle. Port of Maratona and Roman Villa of Desenzano del Garda are also within 5 minutes.

$72
Hotel Oliveto

Hotel Oliveto

Via Tito Malagutti, 2, Desenzano del Garda
3.6
of 5, from 66 reviews
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Situated on a lake, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Roman Villa of Desenzano del Garda and Cathedral of St. Mary Magdalene. Port of Maratona and Desenzano Castle are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$105
Villa Rosa Hotel

Villa Rosa Hotel

Lungolago Cesare Battisti 89, Desenzano del Garda
4.7
of 5, from 92 reviews
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Located in the heart of Desenzano del Garda, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Roman Villa of Desenzano del Garda and Cathedral of St. Mary Magdalene. Port of Maratona and Desenzano Castle are also within 15 minutes.

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Relais Il Giardino Segreto

Relais Il Giardino Segreto

Via E. Curiel 2, Desenzano del Garda
4.7
of 5, from 20 reviews
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Located in the heart of Desenzano del Garda, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Desenzano Castle and Cathedral of St. Mary Magdalene. Roman Villa of Desenzano del Garda and Tower of St. Martin are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$83
Hotel Bonotto

Hotel Bonotto

Viale Gramsci 40, Desenzano del Garda
3.9
of 5, from 56 reviews
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This family-friendly Desenzano del Garda hotel is located on a lake, within a 5-minute walk of Roman Villa of Desenzano del Garda and Cathedral of St. Mary Magdalene. Desenzano Castle and Port of Maratona are also within 15 minutes.