Sirmione and something to live around...
Six days, Sirmione and so on...
Well, from Bergamo Airport rent a car and take A4 (Venice direction). If you arrive with RyanAir there could be some interesting rates with Hertz Car Rent. Second choice could be the train, but I think it's not a good idea.
I suggest you to take Bed and Breakfast (there are many in Sirmione area) some are cheap, other one expensive. I know two, visited by my sister last year; she says they are very good: take a look to www.hotelbolero.it and, with Google, search for "B&B Sandra" in Lugana (near Sirmione). An other option could be staying in Soave or Illasi (take a look to http://www.sportingsanfelice.com). Soave and Illasi are eastern from Sirmione but in a strategic position if you decide to visit something as Palladian Manors, trekking in Dolomiti Alpes, visit interesting small towns as Asolo, Castelfranco Veneto, Treviso, Bassano del Grappa, Marostica, taste the "Conegliano Valdobbiadene PROSECCO superiore" in wineries on "Prosecco Hills" and... ...don't miss to taste the SPRITZ aperitive before lunch or dinner!
Not so far from Sirmione I think you could visit Gardaland and Sigurtà Park (near there don't miss "La Cantina" restaurant located in Borghetto, Via Tiepolo 4). Other restaurants and pizzeria... My sister suggests "Il Grillo" located in Cavalcaselle (Via Venezia, 40) and, near Sirmione Castle, "al Porticciolo" restaurant.
Contact me if you need more info.
Feel you welcome in my lands,
feel you welcome in Veneto Italian Region!
Streets of Sirmione and the Grottoes
You can walk back and forth from the castle to the north end of the peninsula, where there are the ancient roman ruins Grottoes of Cattulo, which are unfortunately closed on Monday, exactly when we were in Sirmione. Those are pretty interesting roman ruins to see, as they were located right on the northernmost part of the island, by the water.
SIRMIONE -the PEARL OF GARDA LAKE
The long and narrow strip of land extending out into the lake between Desenzano and Peschiera is utterly enchanting . Sirmione once a fishing village but now is one of the most famous and popular tourist spot offering a wide range of facilities. Sirmione is a town situated on the peninsular on the south shores of Lake Garda.
"Sirmione Castle-"Castle of the Scaligers""
What an imposing structure!! It was recently restored and for sure this castle which is also known as "The Castle of Scaligers", is one of the main attractions in Sirmione.
A little history I found while browsing on the internet about this castle, and that I would like to share it with you traveller, is that the Venice Republic had the castle built in the 15th century upon the ruins of a Roman fortress for the della Scala in exchange for their control of the fiefdom. The first courtyard was once a garden where guards on duty controlled the mainland from the embrasures.
The prison was located below the 47m tall heep. A stairway with 150 steps could be taken to the top for a lovely view of the lake and surrounding area. This is what we have missed while being in Sirmione, though a good excuse for going there again.(:(:(: