Sirmione, lake Garda, Italy
Sirmione is a jewel in set in the middle of the lower portion of Lake Garda, famous the world over for its exclusive features and uniqueness.
The historic centre is located at the end of a narrow peninsula, to which it is linked by a bridge that crosses a navigable moat.
The centre of Sirmione has a medieval urban layout with narrow and irregular streets and alleys, and can rightly be called a paradise for pedestrians, because access is restricted to residents and hotel guests, and at certain times only.
In addition to the historic centre, once the only significantly inhabited area in the town, the suburbs of Colombare (at the base of the peninsula, where the Town Hall is situated) and Lugana (along the road that leads to Peschiera del Garda) were also developed.
Absolute must sees:
the Scaliger Castle situated at the entrance of the historic centre and once a major fortification for the control of Lake Garda.
the Grottoes of Catullo , situated at the end of the peninsula of Sirmione, in a fascinating scenic setting, conserving the ruins of a Roman villa.
the Church of St. Peter, located in the upper part of the peninsula.
the parish church of Santa Maria Maggiore, located in the heart of the town.
the so-called walk “of the Muses” which unites the former municipal beach to the “Lido of the blondes”, the main beach in Sirmione.
the lighthouse path (Staffalo point).