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“Nice and preserve well” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Villa Romana ed Antiquarium di Desenzano del Garda

Villa Romana ed Antiquarium di Desenzano del Garda
Via Crocefisso,22, 25015 Desenzano Del Garda, Italy
030-9143547
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Shanghai, China
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“Nice and preserve well”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

a small place which preserve pretty well.
you can see the ancient historical here.
if you are a history fan, this place you can not miss.

Visited November 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Admire the place (even if you have seen Pompeii)!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

This is a fascinating place to visit and the entrance fee is 2 Euro only. The remains of the mosaics, walls and foundations can all be admired (even if you’ve seen Pompeii). Placed at the foot of a hill slope and with a beach just a few metres away, it must have been a lovely place. (According to archaeological data, the villa was destroyed by fire).

Before you go to the mosaics and remains, you can watch a ten minute video (including in English) about the place and its history. It is quite informative and definitely worth seeing. There is a small museum attached to the site which contains some beautiful artefact recovered from the excavations. These include remains of sculptures and statues which are very interesting.

The site is considered the most important example of grand villa in Northern Italy from the Late Roman era (the first centuries AD). It is said that the villa belonged to a rich merchant, and that the name of the merchant ("Decentius") is where the town's name came from.

It was interesting to learn that when the villa was discovered (during building works in the early 1920s) it had been covered by a landslide, which preserved some of the mosaics.

The mosaics are splendid. They show some beautiful scenes in vibrant colours (which still retain their original richness) such as wild beasts, cupid grape-pickers and Orpheus with a dog and a
sheep.

There were no signs for directions to the site and I had to ask some locals. The villa is located behind the Duomo (really easy to find).

I myself found Desenzano an impressive place to visit and it seemed a lively and colourful lakeside town. Lots of people, beautifully dressed, strolling along the streets, wandering around the shops or sitting in the restaurants and cafes that seemed to be everywhere.

Visited October 2012
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Poole, United Kingdom
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“Things to do”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

Moderately interesting, but being Italy ther are better thing to see when your time is limited. The Castle is more worthy of a visit

Visited May 2012
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Edinburgh
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“Biggest town on Lake Garda”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

Desenzano was one of the town we visited whilst staying in Garda. The town wasn't as clean and prim as the others were, maybe older than the others, certainly not as pretty. We went to visit the harbour and gave some food, we walked round the harbour which was nice, lots of noisy teenagers who were smoking and drinking and felt a bit intimidated to be honest. I didn't feel as safe in this town, can't really explain why. We had initially booked our hotel here, I am so glad we changed it to a quieter town, it did have a tourist feel with lots of eateries and snack bars, not many attractions and old historic buildings. Nice to pass through and see, but no more than that for me.

Visited October 2012
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Venice, Italy
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“An archeological site”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

The place can be interesting above of all for the people that haven’t visit other famous Roman ruins/ villas or for people interested in the archeology. In very case everybody can have a look because the visit doesn’t need a lot of time, the Villa is in the Centre and the entrance is cheap (only 2 €).

Visited October 2012
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