Sirmione Travel Guide

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    Sirmione from Rocca Scaligera
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    Grotte di Catullo
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Sirmione Highlights

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    croisbeauty says…

     One of the most romantic places on earth 

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     the castle was closed :-( can get crowded with daytrippers 

  • In a nutshell
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     A beauty at Lake garda 

Sirmione Things to Do

  • Castello Scaligero

    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...

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  • Castello Scaligero

    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...

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  • Castello Scaligero

    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...

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  • Grotte di Catullo

    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...

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  • Castello Rocca Scaligera

    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...

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  • Sandy beach

    Sirmione has a sandy beach, but it is a long walk as you can't go into the city. You have to park outside the historic centre and wall all the way through the city/village to get there.

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  • The church of St. Maria Maggiore

    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

    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...

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  • Castello Scaligero

    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...

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Sirmione Restaurants

  • Ristorante

    "Lorenzo" is one of the best restaurant in Sirmion, centrally positioned in the old core of the town. It has beautiful terrace, completely covered by the greenery, which makes refreshing shadow in the hot sunny days. The atmosphere and the service in this restaurant is just great. In case you not sure what to order, the stuff is very helpful so...

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  • Gelatteria

    Italian kind of ice-cream (gelato) is famous all over the world. In most of the Italian towns you can have a very good quality of ice-cream, and this one of Sirmione belongs to the top of the tops. When visiting Sirmione do not miss to taste the exquisite ice-cream in one of the local Gelatteria (pastry). There are three or four pastry shops in a...

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  • don't miss the fresh pasta and the steak

    The ambience is so charming, the food is delicious, and fresh. The beauty of the place, The restaurant La Bicocca) is situated right next to the Castello Scaligero, in the main promenade area of the town. The position is superb, especially in the evenings with all that lumination around the castle.Here you can have the traditional Italian dishes,...

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  • The Stuffy Side of Italy

    This restaurant would more aptly be named "moody"! The servers were rude, the food was dry and the ambience was stuffy. All in all, this was the snobbiest place we encountered during our 10 days in Italy.If you're looking for a nice place to relax and soak up the day do not go here. We found it to be quite inhospitable and not worth the price.If...

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  • Shockingly bad

    This was the worst restaurant I've been to in five years. Not since Little Chef on the A303 have I had such a dismal dining experience. Although the ambience and the view seemed nice, everything else was atrocious. First sign that things were bad: the menu was a folder the size of a road atlas - a sure sign of pomposity. The food seemed reasonably...

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  • Pizza with a great Big Bang

    The Modi restaurant is situated in the square beside the Sirmione Hotel and faces the pier where the lake ferry docks and departs.We sat here for lunch one rainy day and, as it was still very warm, we welcomed the opportunity to sit at a cleverly shaded outdoor table which was sheltered from the rain by gigantic umbrellas and awnings.Service was...

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Sirmione Nightlife

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    by croisbeauty Updated Jan 1, 2005

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    There is not much of the nightlife inside the old core of the town, in fact, you can enjoy here in undisturbed piece and tranquility.
    As far as I know, there are no discoteques here and only one piano bar which is situated on the square next to the Castle.
    The old core of Sirmione is mainly hotels and shops area, with dozen of good restaurants which close after midnight.

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Sirmione Transportation

  • Save Walking Pick a Hotel in Old...

    A lot of hotels listed as being in Sirmione are not actually in Sirmione old walled town. Some are on the 3.3 km peninsula but many are in the modern town of Columbare which has grown several km inland around the base of the peninsula.

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  • Motor free - is it possible??

    It is only as we arrived at the town of Sirmione that we realised there were pretty considerable traffic restrictions. A coach took us from the airport but had to stop outside the walls of the castle where we disembarked and had to get a taxi into the old town. It would have been fine if the taxi driver was nice, but he wasn't! he grumbled and...

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  • Take the Mini Train

    As you will read in another tip, the streets inside the old walled town of Sirmione are incredibly narrow and they are closed to use by buses. Cars and some other vehicles are allowed inside, but you don't really see a taxi service as such (exceot to bring people from the bus station to their hotels).The most popular and very quaint mode of...

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Sirmione Shopping

  • More shopping

    I am almost sure this "no foto" sign was put intentionally, so that tourists and visitors take pictures of the shop-gallery. There was staff inside of the shop who noticed while was taking the pics but they just didn't care to step out and warning me. Anyway, this shop-gallery always have interesting works to show.The other one is ceramics shop,...

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  • Terracotta in Sirmione

    The Italian craftsmen make terracotta products of superior designes and quality. This shop, siruated in the the old core of the town, offers houndreds of pitoresque articles to remind you on visiting the place. It offers serial works but nicely done, products which aren't expensive and yet it could be a nice memory on Sirmione. Not easy to...

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  • For real wine lovers only

    There excist only one enoteca in Sirmione but it is a must see for all those who really enjoying in wines of superb quality. The owner is wine freak character, a rare combination of both trader and wine lover. If he recognize in you a wine lover then you will have to spend some time in his shop and listening the stories of wines which cost over...

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Sirmione Local Customs

  • Cafe-bars

    Italians are addicted to espresso but there excist more deeper addiction to the cafe-bars, a traditional meeting point place for the locals. Everybody has his "own" cafe-bar, visiting it regularly on a daily basis. It is place where one can meet friends and have endless discusions about football and politics.This is my favourite cafe-bar in...

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  • Houses

    When strolling around the old core of the town, take note of the beautiful stone houses located in the area right next to the Casello Scaligero and around the church of Santa Maria Maggiore. Most of this houses have been newly reconstructed according to the original plans.This one on the picture is the most beautiful stone house in the town.

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  • The old core of Sirmione

    The whole place looks very pitoresque, the streets are very clean, the facades of the houses well preserved or fresh coloured, while the windows and the balconies arranged by the flowers. The whole environment is attractive and invaiting. Once you visit Sirmione, even if it was just a day trip, you woould want to revisit it sonn again. My first...

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Sirmione Warnings and Dangers

  • Watch out for bikers

    As the 2008 riding season begins, it's time for advance notice of where to be, or not to be, to see lots and lots of Harleys on the road. Sirmione hosts the annual Harley Owners Group rally between September 25th and 27th this year. If you are a motorist in the area please watch out for extra numbers of bikes on the road. If you are visiting or...

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  • Cobbled Streets

    Because of the supposedly rejuvenating thermal waters, Sirmione attracts a lot of eldery visitors.I travelled with my Mum and my Aunt, aged 69 and 70 respectively. We stayed in the old town of Sirmione inside the Castle walls. Although it is incredibly beautiful I must issue a little warning - the cobbled streets make walking quite difficult for...

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  • Mozzies and other nasties

    A warning tip in our hotel welcome letter was that we should not leave the hotel windows open when the lights are on as this will attract the mosquitoes and all other sorts of flies that inhabit the lovely waters of the lake.This is a special pity when you have paid a hefty supplement for a lake view room, and is not something you are warned about...

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Sirmione Off The Beaten Path

  • From Sirmione to Sigurtà Park by......

    Hello people!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!So......what to do? It was a shame to miss it! How to reach the natural...

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  • Beach on way to Grotto

    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...

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  • Capella dei conti Treccani - l'Ossario

    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.

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Sirmione Favorites

  • Promenade

    There are marked walking paths all over the place, from the Castle of Scaligeri to Grotte di Catullo and back to the place.On the left of the castle starts this main city promenade which take you deep into the peninsula. On the eastern part of the peninsula there are main public beach resorts, while the western part is not that approachable.

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  • Non traffic area

    The area of peninsula is strictly non traffic area, except for the hotel guests and local residents. In that case, the speed limit is under 10 km which is strictly monitored by the police.The bike is not recommendable here because the distances are very short, besides, there are no marked bike-paths in the place.There is also a small electric train...

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  • The streets of - Part 2

    The first three photos show ceramic/enamel wall plaques that we found in several places in the old town of Sirmione, they may have been like personalized signs for homes or mailboxes, not sure.The fourth photo shows the entrance square just off the castle, the crowds of people and the cars trying to drive in crowd conditions, quite fun actually if...

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