Sirmione, Lake Garda
Sirmione is one of the most popular and busiest resorts on the shores of Lake Garda. It is located just 4km from the southern lakeside shore. An attractive historical town that has become a tourist mecca, thanks to its fairy tale 13th century castle, Roman Ruins, old churces and cobbled old town. The only access to the medieval town is across a narrow fortified bridge over an inlet. The historical centre of Sirmione is pedestrianised. Its maze of narrow streets are filled with designer shops, restaurants, trattorias, souvenir shops, ice cream parlours and bustling cafes. Famous for its thermal springs, visitors to Sirmione can enjoy the relaxing and therapeutic pools to wipe away any pre-holiday stresses and tensions. The Aquaria Spa is well worth a visit for some pampering and relaxation, offering mud baths, massages and treatments. Sirmione was a spa destination even as far back as Roman times!
There are some impressive Roman ruins of an old palace at the end of the promontory. There is a lovely walking route signposted which brings you along out to the promontory and on a clear day offers up great views across the lake and out to the mountains in the north. However the town’s main attraction is without doubt the Rocca Scaligera, a 13th century castle that looks straight out a fairy tale! Today the castle is defended by the swans and ducks that live in its moat! The castle is open to the public. There are plenty of leisure activities to enjoy on and off the lake including wind surfing, sailing, hiking and cycling.
For those who wish to explore the other resorts on the lake, there are a number of ferries available to take you. Be sure to visit Gardaland if you’re looking for a fun filled family day out. It is the largest theme park in Italy. Should you want to explore further afield the splendid cities of Verona, Milan and Venice are also accessible.
Transfer from Verona airport approx. 1 hour.