What to do in Sirmione?

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«Here it is: the green Sirmio smiles in the shining lake, flower of the peninsulas.»

One cannot but agree with Carducci, Sirmione inspires poetry. Located in the province of Brescia, it is located on the eponymous peninsula that divides the lower Lake Garda.

A tourist destination par excellence, it is an authentic wonder to be discovered. It attracts hordes of tourists every year who go crazy for the history of the place, but also for its beneficial thermal waters.

But let’s see together what are the things you can’t miss during your stay in Sirmione; starting from the delicious old town full of sweet ice cream parlors, elegant shops and romantic restaurants.

What to see in Sirmione

The Scaligero Castle

Built between the 13th and 14th centuries, it is still well preserved today. Climbing the tower you can admire an unforgettable 360-degree panorama of the Lake that surrounds it.

Grotte di Catullo

Despite the name may be misleading, we are facing the most remarkable example of a Roman villa in northern Italy. This is indeed the remains of an ancient Roman domus located between the end of the 1st century BC and the 1st century AD.

As for the client, it is uncertain whether it was actually owned by the famous poet Gaius Valerius Catullus, who in one of his famous poems actually confessed to having a property in Sirmione, but there is no certainty that these particular ruins are the ones.

Despite these vicissitudes about the name, the archaeological site, which occupies an area of two hectares, is certainly worth a visit for its important historical interest.

Palace and Villa Maria Callas

To proceed with the illustrious names linked to this beautiful town, in Piazza Giosuè Carducci we find Palazzo Maria Callas, dating back to the 17th century, owned by the Municipality and dedicated to the famous opera singer.

Villa Meneghini-Callas, owned by her husband, the entrepreneur Meneghini, where the two lived between 1950 and 1959, is also linked to Maria Callas. Today it is a private condominium, in front of which the Maria Callas Park extends, open to all. Romantic and quiet, it is ideal for suggestive walks. It is easily accessible from the historic center, and reaches the lake.

Sirmione Beaches

For beach lovers, Jamaica beach is definitely a must-see: crystal clear water and a landscape so suggestive that you won’t remember any similar. Really a small corner of dreams, but be careful to wear slippers suitable for walking on the rocks, they are potentially slippery!

Another coastline that will not disappoint is the Municipal Beach of Santa Maria di Lugana, behind the Scaligero Castle. Large and comfortable, the beach has a nice grass carpet to relax on, and trees under which to find shelter. Cherry on the cake, a beautiful view, of course. Nearby, you will find numerous bars, restaurants and ice cream parlors.

For those who want to take a nice walk immersed in the lake nature, between reeds, small beaches and romantic views, the Muse walk will meet your tastes. The excursion starts from the Scaligero fortress, to reach the vicinity of the Catullo caves. Comfortable shoes are recommended!

Winery and tastings

Explore the inland of Sirmione, between the Morenic hills and the Lake, which includes part of the Lugana wine DOC production area of the provinces of Brescia and Verona. Among the most prestigious labels related to this wine, we certainly find the famous Cà dei Frati. Don’t miss a nice and thorough guided tour of the winery, with free wine tastings. Cascina Maddalena is a small family-run business. You can take a tour starting from the lush vineyards, and continuing to the winery, discovering the grape processing phases. Followed by wine tastings, but also homemade cheeses and jams. To discover the secrets of Lugana wine and its production process, we suggest the Lugana Wine Tour.

Places of faith

Sirmione also presents itself as rich in remarkable places of worship. The church of San Pietro in Mavino is located near the historic center, but surrounded by green olive trees, immersed in an almost surreal atmosphere of tranquility. In Romanesque style, but remodeled over the years, it is suggestive in its simple and characteristic setting. Unmissable are the magnificent frescoes inside and the ancient bell tower.

Like a small jewel, near the Scaligero Castle we find the church of Sant’Anna. Once inside you will be welcomed by a sense of serenity and contemplation, as well as by the splendid frescoes of the sixteenth century, and the image of the Madonna above the altar that will leave you speechless.

The parish church of Sirmione, dedicated to Santa Maria della Neve, is certainly worth a visit. Built in the fifteenth century, on the ruins of a previous church, it is characterized by a beautiful portico with five arches on the main façade. Notable are the frescoes and the wooden statue of the “Madonna in trono”.

Sirmione Thermal Baths

Sirmione is certainly famous for all that we have listed above, but we cannot forget the thermal treatments, which every year bring thousands of visitors here in search of the benefits of the precious local water: a natural, unique and undoubtedly beneficial resource for health.

The sulfurous salsobromoiodic water of Sirmione brings considerable benefits to the respiratory, osteoarticular, circulatory, cutaneous and even gynecological apparatus.

Thermal treatments can be done in one of the many reception sites in the area, such as the Terme di Virgilio, Acquaria Thermal SPA, Hotel Terme di Catullo, and Gran Hotel Terme Sirmione.

We hope that this “virtual” journey through the beauties of Sirmione has pleased you and has intrigued you so much, that you think of booking your next stay here. In the name of culture, well-being and good wine.

What to see in Sirmione in half a day

Are you short on time and wondering what to see in Sirmione in a few hours?

This walking and boat tour could be the perfect solution! A guide will take you to discover the old town, walking through the picturesque streets of Sirmione and the conclusion will be an exciting boat ride around the peninsula.

If you are travelling as a couple and looking for a romantic experience, we can only suggest a sunset boat cruise with local wine: you will sail around the Sirmione peninsula at sunset, admiring the picturesque harbor, the Catullo Grottoes and the Scaligero Castle while sipping a good glass of local wine.

We hope that this virtual journey through the beauties of Sirmione has pleased you and has intrigued you so much that you are thinking of booking your next stay here. In the name of culture, well-being and good wine.

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