Desenzano presents a particularly rich artistic, historic and archaeological heritage, starting from the Roman era. In the Middle Ages it was the object of fights between Brescia and Verona, afterwards, in the 15th century it passed under Venetian dominion, becoming a thriving commercial centre.
The core of the city develops around Malvezzi Square and the Ancient Harbour, with the XXVI century palaces by Todeschini, a famous architect from Brescia . It is a must to visit the archaeological area, that houses the ruins of a magnificent IV century Roman Villa with splendid multicoloured and mosaic flooring, the Museum of archaeology, with one of the most ancient ploughs of the world, the panoramic tower of S.Martino della Battaglia.
The chapel of the Duomo preserves important works of art by Andrea Celesti (1637-1712) and “ the Last Supper” (1738) by Gian Battista Tiepolo(1696-1770). Furthermore, we can indicate the Castle, founded in the Middle Ages and reconstructed in the XIV-XV centuries, recently renovated and offering a breathtaking view of the Lake. Also Villa Brunati has been recently renovated and has become the Public Library since 2007.