Sirmione is a charming little Italian town on the Lake Garda. When it’s not overrun with day-trippers it offers tranquility and spa treatments at its many hotels. The symbol of Sirmione is the Scaliger castle (13th ct). You can climb its tower to get a nice view of the Lake Garda and the entire town. Once you cross the castle’s drawbridge you enter historical Sirmione. Another noteworthy attraction is the Grottoes of Catullus, the remains of a Roman private house, the largest such uncovered in the northern Italy. This villa is mentioned in the poems of the first famous resident of Sirmione who lived there in 1st century BC (the Roman poet Gaius Valerius Catullus). There are several interesting small churches too. But the town’s claim to fame are its thermal springs. Many famous writers visited Sirmione such as Alfred Tennyson, Ezra Pound and James Joyce. I shouldn’t forget to mention the famous Italian writers Giosuè Carducci and Antonio Fogazzaro who wrote about Sirmione as well as the notorious Gabriele D’Annunzio who found the short-lived Italian Regency of Carnaro in Fiume (Rijeka, Croatia) with himself as the Fascist leader. English writer Naomi Jacob made Sirmione her home. One of the best opera singers of all times had a villa here too: Maria Callas.
Grottoes of Catullus
What does Sirmione offer to the modern visitor? Well, it’s mostly visited as a day trip (or even half-day trip from Verona which is only 40 km away) but there are a lot of people who come to Sirmione to relax and enjoy a leisurely weekend. There are several restaurants and cafes as well as shops. You can visit Scaliger castle and walk along the lake’s path from the beach below the castle. You can also hire a speedboat and explore the Lake Garda. In the summer you can even swim in the lake. Whatever the season, eat gelato! It’s delicious! 🙂 To find out more about Sirmione click here .
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