Emerge early and greet your guide at Milano Centrale train station. Climb aboard your comfortable train carriage and admire the spectacular Italian scenery as you journey to Desenzano del Garda, situated on the southwestern shore of Lake Garda. As you approach, delight in the sprawling beaches and picturesque Alpine perimeter of the town before embarking on an explorative walking tour.
Spend 1.5 hours delving into Desenzano del Garda’s rich history while visiting ancient monuments like the UNESCO World Heritage-listed prehistoric pile-dwelling (stilt house) settlements. Then, climb aboard a boat for a tranquil cruise over the Sirmione, an ancient town replete with quaint cobbled streets and historical landmarks.
After revitalizing with lunch during some relaxed free time (own expense), pay a visit to a beautiful Roman villa and the Grottoes of Catullus (Grotte di Catullo) independently. Hear of the legends that shroud the caves, and then continue to Scaliger Castle, a rare example of a medieval port fortification.
After exploring Sirmione thoroughly, return to Desenzano del Gardo by boat and spend the afternoon exploring at your leisure. Opt to rub shoulders with locals at a chic café, or simply absorb the town’s charming atmosphere as you stroll through Piazza Malvezzi.
Reconvene with your guide and group at a pre-arranged time and relax during the train journey back to Milan, where the tour concludes.