This is one of Desenzano's greatest attractions, often overlooked by tourists and locals alike. The entrance fee is super modest (2 Euro) and the value is great, even for the casual visitor who isn't a history addict.
There is plenty of parking (rare in Italy) in the nearby city parking structure. (Look for the blue sign with a big "P" on it.) Most visits are conducted as a self guided tour and maps are available. Basically, this site is a partially escavated Roman villa with much of it still unearthed and even under adjacent apartment buildings.
There are many restored mosiacs along with individual rooms to explore (kitchen, olive pressing, etc). Central to this villa is the underground heating system which is explained in detail. This once proud villa originally sat on the lake's very edge; it is now located about a hundred meters from the shore in Desenzano's old town district. Allow one to two hours for the visit. Most of the site is uncovered, so dry days are the best bet.
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