Beautifull, yet overcrowded
When arriving you must leave a car about a kilometer from the entrance to the city. If your budget is on the limit, you should take something to eat&drink with you - the prices in Sirmione are skyhigh...Try to make your visit off season because the crowd I witnessed last may ( was it the 1st of May?) was unbelievable. And so was the beauty of this really charming little town.
Sirmione - town center
It is loaded with shops to buy souvenirs, clothes, and art. Sirmione can be very charming when it is not crowded; and very annoying when it is packed.
I’d recommend trying to visit earlier in the day, and when the crowds pick up you can head further north on the peninsula for stretches of un-congested walks on the beach and the roman ruins at Grotte di Catullo. Also the weekdays should offer smaller crowds than the weekends with Italians visiting on thier days off.
Sirmione on the Lake of Garda
Sirmione is on a peninsula located in the the South of Lake of Garda.
The North part is the old city, protected by a castle. The South part is the new one, in which we found the stores.
Between the two parts, along the road (the peninsula is narrow), there are resorts, hotels, villas and parks.
Sirmione was the home town of the poet Catullus.
It is also famous for its thermal baths.
"Castle of Sirmione"
It is located at the entrance of the old city.
There is a parking for the people who have not their accomodation there and who are not allowed to enter the city.
It was built in 1250 and completed during the 15e century.
"Sunset on Lake of Garda"
The picture was shot in the small park which is just before the entrance of the Grotte di Catullo.