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The pearl of Lake Garda

Sirmione is an oh-so-pretty town on the southern shore of Lake Garda, set on a peninsula. It’s all painted buildings, stone alleyways, and historic architecture. And with the lake on three sides and water views at almost every turn, it’s considered one of the most beautiful locations in the area. 

Sirmione is a place where you can do as much or as little as you please. If you’re up for exploring, Scaliger Castle is a well-preserved mediaeval fortress dating back to the 13th century and has a fairytale-like setup, with a drawbridge, a moat, and views across the lake from a tower. Sirmione’s history goes back further still, and you can visit the Roman villa Grotte di Catullo from the 1st century AD. 

If you’re simply looking for somewhere to relax and unwind, Sirmione delivers, too. It’s also famous for its mineral-rich thermal waters, which are said to have healing properties. Pop into spas and wellness centres in Sirmione that take advantage of the good-for-you waters and use it as another reason to indulge in a purifying mud bath, massage, or some hydrotherapy. 

 

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Your Sirmione questions, answered

All the restaurants and shops are typically open between May and September – this is definitely a summertime resort. The weather in May, June and September is particularly lovely. 
Fly to Verona (which also makes a great day trip), then it’s around a 45-minute journey to Sirmione. 
Yes! There are nearby lakeside beaches like Rivotella and Puna Grò, but they’re stony, not sandy.

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