On Summer 2010, VT member lettychuffy asked for Sirmione in forum. To help her on line I gave her my mobile number.
She had planned to visit Sigurtà Natural Park (take a look on http://www.sigurta.it/) but...
...it happened there was a strike of public transports!
...what to do? It was a shame to miss it! How to reach the natural park?
We are often common to consider only train, bus, taxis and feet to move around a place we visit but...
...the bicycle? Isn't it an other interesting way to move around?
I sent a sms to VT lettychuffy with this idea...
So, people, if you have planned some days around Sirmione between May and September, I suggest to search for a bicycle and have an offbeat experience in this way: cycling slowly and getting a deep experience of countryside lands on South East of Sirmione.
Sigurtà park is located between "Borghetto" and "Valeggio sul Mincio", less than 25 km far from Sirmione and not so difficult to reach.
So, think about, get experience and let me know!
...because "Turtle Mentality" teaches offbeat approaches to solve issues! ;-D
Feel you welcome in my Country!
As you walk towards the Grotto di Catullo, to the right there is a road with a sign saying , "Spiaggia (beach)" . This is the best beach and there are beach chairs to rent for 7 Euro. However, many people were simply laying out on towels on the grass further up. The water is very clear and there are wonderful views everywhere. Also snack bar with a long pier that also people would lie out on. In fact, noone seemed to use the chairs.
This is so-called l'Ossario with endless rows of the skulls of Italian soldiers fallen in the second battle for the indepedence at San Martino della Bataglia.
The outnumbered soldiers from Piedmont have defeated Austrians in glorious battle.
Smal but beautiful Chapel of Counts Treccani is situated in the memorial park, right next to the Panoramic Tower of San Martino della Bataglia. The chapel houses Ossario, where the skulls of many fallen soldiers can be seen, and the tombs of Piemontesi officers.
San Martino della Bataglia has an very important role in the history of Italy. The Panoramic Tower marks the place where Piemontesi have defeated Austrians, Jun 24, 1859, in the second and decisive battle for the independence. The tower, which during the night lights the colors of Italian flag, was built between 1880 and 1893 and is work of architect Frizzoni from Bergamo.
Early mornings when sunrise and early evenings when sunset is the part of the ay I like the most. I was sitting on the top of the peninsula of Sirmione, where the Grotte of Catullo is situated, enjoying in the panorama of the lake and waiting for the sunset. There was nothing around me to disturb the idyllic scene of the lake, exept for this solitary boat.
This cute little park with lots of greenery and interesting statues is situated right behind the St. Maria Maggiore. You can miss it when walking along the main promenade of the town. I suppose it is assigned to the local priest excusively, since it is closed fot the public visitors.
Desenzano sits at the southern end of Lake Garda and is just a short ferry ride away from Sirmione to the other side of the lake. Its not as quaint as some other resorts but the harbour square is nice with cafes surrounding it, complete with swing chairs too to relax in too. It has good rail connections to Verona, Padua, Vicenza and Venice - so could be a good base for this area if you want to travel in the Veneto region of Italy.
Walking around the harbour walls, near the ferry landing stage, gives pleasant views of the boats moored there and the the little lighthouse - you can walk along the walls to this.
There isa pleasant tree-lined promenade along the waterfront of Desenzano - look out for some interesting sculptures here too.