Sirmione Things to Do

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    Castello Scaligero

    by croisbeauty Updated Jan 25, 2014
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    Merlons in the shape of a swallow-tail distinguish every construction commissioned by the Scaligeri. In the Middle Ages this form had a very clear meaning and message of belonging to belligerents. As it could be seen on the pictures, the walls and the three massive towers are characterized by the battlements. The towers, among themselves, were connected with a system of hanging bridges.
    Castello Scaligero is one of the few medieval castles which is so well preserved and which has with the walls fenced "darsena". Darsena is a dock and represents a place of refuge of the Scaligeri fleet.

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    Castello Scaligero

    by croisbeauty Updated Jan 25, 2014
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    The Scaligero Castle is characterized for its merlons. A merlon forms forms the vertical solid part of a battlement or crenellated parapet in Medieval architecture of fortifications. Merlons are sometimes narrowly pierced by vertical embrasure, slits to view and fire through.
    In the Middle Ages architecture of the fortifications in Italy, the most notable variants of merlons shape were the Ghibelline (supporters of the Holy Roman Emperor) and Guelph (supporters of the Pope). The rectangular merlons with straight edges represent the Guelph, while the merlons that were horned in the shape of a swallow-tail represent the Ghibelline. The merlons had a width sufficient to shelter a single man.
    The older parts of the castle walls have merlons in the shape of a swallow-tail, those walls which have been constructed later on, during rule of the Venetian Republic, are rectangular in shape but it has nothing to do with the Guelph.

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    Castello Scaligero

    by croisbeauty Updated Jan 25, 2014

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    The Castle Scaligero was comissioned by Mastino I della Scala, who ruled Verona at that time. It was built, most probably, on the ruins of Roman fortress (oppidum). In the late Roman era Sirmione became a fortified strongpoint, defending the southern shore of the lake.
    In the early 13th century the city fell in the hands of the Scala Family, the rulers of Verona. Mastino I della Scala was probably the founder of the castle, other sources however mentioning Cangrande as a possible founder.
    The military role of the castle continued until the 16th century, but a garrison remained inside the castle until the 19th century.

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    Grotte di Catullo

    by croisbeauty Updated Jan 24, 2014

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    Grotte di Catullo occupies whole area on the top of the peninsula, where an huge residential villa from the empirial Roman times was situated. Besides, the remains of an thermal complex of huge proportions have been found at the same location, nearby villa. Building thermal baths, inside the complex of the residential houses, for Roman aristocracy was a matter of prestige and power.

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    Castello Rocca Scaligera

    by Twan Written Aug 30, 2013

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    Rocca Scaligera is a castle in Sirmione on Lake Garda. The castle is surrounded by a moat and is located at the narrowest part of the Sirmione peninsula. Rocca Scaligera is built in the same style as many other castles in the area. Typical for this style is among other things the plaster on the walls that need to appear on a regular stone. The castle has two drawbridges.

    Rocca Scaligera is built on part of the monastery of San Salvatore. At the entrance to the dungeons of the castle can still be seen. Remains of the foundation of the monastery

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    The church of St. Maria Maggiore

    by croisbeauty Updated Apr 22, 2013

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    The church of Santa Maria Maggiore was built around 1400, on the site of the remains of an ancient basilica Longobarda. It is simple one nave construction with five altars in its interiors.
    There is a beautiful park around the church from which you have approach to the main public beach of Sirmione.

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    The church of St. Maria Maggiore

    by croisbeauty Updated Apr 22, 2013

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    Don't miss to visit the smal but Beautiful church of St. Maria Maggiore, from the 15th century. The late Baroque styled church was built on the site of an pagan church. There is an beautiful porticoe with columns in front of the entrance to the church and the first column from left is of Roman origin dating from the IV c. B.C. known as "Miliario di Giuliano l'Apostata.

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    Castello Scaligero

    by croisbeauty Updated Apr 16, 2013

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    The Castle Scaligero, built from 1308 to 1329 as an project of the famous Cangrande, is the emblem of the town of Sirmione. During the medieval times it was Lago di Garda seat of the Scala Family, the Lords of Verona, Vicenza and huge space around this two cities.
    It is whole day and night open for the visitors and offers an great sightseaing on area of Lago di Garda.

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    Sirmione (Scaliger) Castle, Part 2

    by Martin_S. Written Nov 19, 2012
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    Man the walls. When you visit the Sirmione (Scaliger) Castle, do make sure you take a walk along the walls and mount the towers. They give you not only views and angles on the castle itself, but also of Sirmione and Lake Garda.

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    Sirmione (Scaliger) Castle, Part 1

    by Martin_S. Written Nov 19, 2012
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    Sirmione (Scaliger) Castle, just can't be missed, and I mean this literally. To get into the historic old center of town you have to cross the drawbridge where you can see Zohara standing in the first photo.
    The second photo shows one of the crenelated towers that you can see down the streets of Sirmione.
    The third photo shows the entrance to the castle itself off of the entrance square just over the drawbridge.
    The fourth and fifth photos show some of the walls and towers that protected this edifice. The last photo also shows the footbridge that had its own entrance and portal.
    You can get some nice views over the city and the lake from here also. We visited on a Sunday when the entrance was free, but sadly the tallest tower was closed at the time.

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    Church of St Mary the Greater

    by Tom_Fields Written Jan 26, 2010
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    This has always been the center of religious and social life in Sirmione, dating back to the time of Charlemagne. The present church was built in the late 15th century. The portico is from Roman times. Inside are five altars and a number of late medieval frescoes.

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    Della Scala Castle

    by Tom_Fields Updated Jan 26, 2010

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    In the late 13th century, the della Scala family took over Sirmione from the Patarine heretics, who had to either repent for their sins or be burned at the stake in Verona. Ever since, it has stood guard over the town. Its small port gives access to the lake, and its towers offer a grand view of the lake and town.

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    Sunrise at the Castle

    by SabrinaSummerville Written Sep 27, 2006

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    As beautiful as the sunset may be on the lake, even more lovely is the sunrise over the walls of the Scaligari Castle.

    I caught it just one day as I walked to the bus stop to pick up our tour to Florence. I managed to take two pretty snaps, but regretted that I didn't have the time to take more.

    The best position is in front of the castle in the square by the Sirmione Hotel. You would get a lovely shot of the sunrise over the lake if you walk up the street to the side of the castle within the old town walls.

    I hope you enjoy these pics.

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    Watch the sun setting over the lake

    by SabrinaSummerville Written Sep 27, 2006

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    Sunset viewed from wall by Eden Hotel

    Sirmione is a promonitory surrounded on three sides by Lake Garda and so it is a terrific place to watch the sun set from many vantage points throughout the town.

    My favourite sunset spot was from the deck over the lake at the Hotel Sirmione.

    However, I also found some good spots at the cul de sacs fronting the lake throughout the old town. These areas usually have walls at the end of them where people stop to watch the birds, the sunset, and.....eat ice cream:-)

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    Roman ruins

    by royalempress Written Aug 24, 2006

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    At the very tip of the peninsula there is a Roman Palace that is fun to explore. Unfortunately all the signs were in Italian and no english. There is also a museum to see. There is a fee to get into the Palace (Grotte di Catullo).

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