Sirmione is a lovely village at the end of a far-reaching peninsula that stretches along the south bank of Lake Garda. Unmissable destination for tourists. You’ll be able to walk among the ruins of Catullo’s thermal baths, an imposing Roman villa which is now home to a world-famous archeological site with an exposition of inestimable mosaics and sculptures. Sirmione is synonymous with sophisticated holiday in one of the most famous places of Lake Garda.
Known as “Mansio” (a group of public buildings under the rule of a decurion), after the fall of the Western Roman Empire, Sirmione became part of the Longobard Kingdom and, during the XII century, it had its own administration under Verona. During the Scaligeri seigniory, in the XIII century, it was surrounded by walls and provided with the imposing castle. Eventually it passed under the rule of Venice in the XV century.
Besides hosting an internationally-renown thermal centre, it offers a rich historical and artistic heritage: the ruins of an ancient Roman villa, dating back to the imperial age, also known as Catullo Caves, the Castello Scaligero, and the church S. Pietro in Mavino, dating back to the VIII century.
The historical centre is characterised by its narrow streets and its walls of stone, evoking a romantic and picturesque atmosphere. High embattled walls protect the Castle and the medieval village.
At the entrance of the castle begins a walk through a long series of shop windows. There you can find clothing items, accessories made in Italy and souvenirs for the joy of every foreign tourist. By planning a visit to Sirmione del Garda, you will also admire all the colourful ice-cream shops that capture the passers-by with fantastic ice creams containers which are placed practically on the roadside.
Today, Sirmione is one of the most important tourist destination of Lake Garda: it is provided with sports centres where you can practice water sports, such as windsurf, sailing, etc.; with hotels and accommodation facilities which are able to cater for the needs of any guest.
What to visit
Roman villa “Grotte di Catullo”
Church of S. Pietro in Mavino
Church of S. Anna della Rocca
Passeggiata delle Muse (Walk of the Muses) as far as the Lido delle Bionde