The town of Sirmione is located in Northern Italy, in the province of Brescia in Lombardy just at the foothills of the beautiful Alps mountain range. This wonderful place has a very romantic history that has captured the hearts of many. The world-renowned singer Maria Callas had a house here. The spectacular scenery caused the Romans to make it their special bathing place. The town has been protected very well because of its peninsula location. In 1990 it officially became a spa city, thanks to the great bathing spot and the hot springs.
Many people choose to take a trip to Verona first, learning and enjoying what it has to offer. You can then take a bus to Lazise and from there a ferry across to Sirmione. There are a lot of other routes and options available. The one you pick will depend on the type of things you enjoy doing and sights you maybe want to see. Spend some time planning this and discussing it with your partner or tour group.
The streets in the old, walled town of Sirmione are extremely narrow and they are closed for use by buses. There are some vehicles allowed inside but you won’t often see a taxi service. The best way to get around is by making use of the mini train service that you can catch at Aquaria. It goes all through the town making several stops along the way. It’s a wonderful experience and it’s not expensive at all.
We are sometimes so caught up in our technologically advanced lives with computers and cars, that we forget to occasionally just switch off and go back to basics. What can be nicer than jumping on a small train and relaxing, while you escape from all your problems for a while to admire the beautiful surroundings?
You can also buy a ticket for a trip on the paddle steamer. You will be taken from Sirmione to Desenzano. It’s a delightful way to cross the Lake Grada but can get pricey if you plan on making a few trips. The tickets are sold per trip, they don’t have a daily unlimited travel option. Always remember to take your camera with you, on a boat you tend to have great views and you should capture them to remember your trip and share it with friends when you get home.
Your accommodation is something that you should discuss with your partner or tour group. There are many hotels and other options available and they all have different things to offer. Sit down with pen and paper and make a list of all the types of facilities that you will need. Do a few calculations to see what your accommodation budget is, based on the number of days that you decide to spend in Simione. You should pick a place where you can stay comfortably, but it should also be affordable. You don’t want to be spending all your money on where you stay and then end up having very little left for exploring and experiencing the true Italian culture. Check Sirmione travel guide to find out more about hotels and apartments in Sirmione.
This quaint town has a lot to offer when you start looking for things to do. You cannot leave Sirmione if you haven’t seen Grotte di Catullo. The peninsula of Sirmione, due to its position which penetrates deep into the Lake of Garda, was first colonized in the ancient pre-Roman times. The only remaining traces known as Grotte di Catullo, originate from the Roman times.
Rocca Scaligera is the main site of historical interest in Sirmione. It was built by Verona’s ruling family at the time. Encircled by the lake, the fortress, which dates from the 13th Century, stands imposingly the entrance to the town. It’s well worth paying a couple of Euro entry for the views of Sirmione from the top. The castle has been pretty well preserved but the best thing is still the view.
Most women are drawn to the Sirmione town center. There are a lot of shops to buy souvenirs, clothes, and art. Due to the popularity of the town center, it’s best to go early in the day to avoid most of the crowds. It also tends to be busier over weekends, so if you are looking for a more quiet day in the town, then your best bet is early on a weekday. You are bound to leave with a few shopping bags!
One of the best restaurants in Sirmione is Enoteca delle antiche mura restaurant. It’s centrally located in the old core of the town. It’s completely covered by greenery and has a beautiful terrace. The atmosphere and the service are top class. The waiters will happily help you if you are unsure about what to order, and explain anything that you might not understand on the menu.
There are several different cafe’s in the piazza facing the harbour where you can look out over the water and watch the ferry boats. Italy has the best ice cream, or better known as Gelato. So take a day to explore all the little cafe’s and enjoy a nice Gelato while taking in the beauty around you.
Taking a trip to a small, historic town like Sirmione requires proper planning, as I’m sure you have realized while reading about everything that it has to offer. It’s important to arrange something fun for everyone in the family, and not only entertain a few. As mentioned above, make a list of all the things you and your family enjoy doing. Together and separately. Take that list with you when you visit your travel agent to make bookings, it will help the agent understand the things you enjoy.
Use the list to guide you as to what you want to do and see in Sirmione. Each family member can pick things they want to do and you can then discuss it to see who will be doing what. This will keep the trip to Sirmione tension and stress-free, the whole family will go home feeling content and happy because they did what they wanted and shared it with everyone else.