Sirmione Travel Guide

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    Grotte di Catullo
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    Sirmione from Rocca Scaligera
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Sirmione Things to Do

  • Scaliger Castle - Castello Scaligero

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Beatutiful restored castle, The view from the top of the tower is absolutely amazing! The town in the nearby area is verry cozy. This place is highly recommended to visit. This castle is one of a kind since it sits on a small island surrounded by the waters of the lake and it also has a small but interesting port directly You have wonderful view...

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  • Grotte di Catullo

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Grotte di Catullo are the remains of a large Roman villa. It was build between to the end of the 1ste century B. C. and the beginning of the 1st century A.D. Just after the entrace to the archaeological site, you'll find a small museum, where you can see finds brought to light during the archaeological excavation of the villa. There ar also many...

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  • Boat Cruise - Lake Garda

    Since the town is surrounded on 3 sides by the lake, take advantage. We grabbed some picnic food and found many nice areas on the eastern shore of the peninsula. On clear days you can see the peaks of the Dolomites. There are areas to go swimming as well on this eastern side. The western shore is lined with modern hotels and docks for public and...

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  • Santa 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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  • San Pietro in Mavino

    Leaving the grotto you can find on the top this church surrendered by trees and vegetation. Do not miss it. It was constructed on the 8th century over a pagan one and has interesting frescoes in its walls.

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  • Grotte di Catulla

    Grotte di Catullo are the remains of a large Roman villa. It was build between to the end of the 1ste century B. C. and the beginning of the 1st century A.D. Just after the entrace to the archaeological site, you'll find a small museum, where you can see finds brought to light during the archaeological excavation of the villa. There ar also many...

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  • 1 SirmioneRocca Scaligera

    Beatutiful restored castle, The view from the top of the tower is absolutely amazing!The town in the nearby area is verry cozy. This place is highly recommended to visit.This castle is one of a kind since it sits on a small island surrounded by the waters of the lake and it also has a small but interesting port directly You have wonderful view over...

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  • Grotte di Catullo

    We had lovely wander around these extensive Roman ruins amongst the olive groves. Bring strong walking shoes and, if the sun is out, also bring plenty of water. Wow it was hot when we went.

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  • 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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Sirmione Hotels

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  • Marconi

    A very inexpensive hotel in Sirmione and right on the water. The rooms are very small and some have...

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  • Hotel Catullo

    We have been taking our annual holiday in the Italian Lakes for a few years now, we particularly...

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  • Hotel Grifone

    Maritha and I visited Sirmione on a day visit with my Italian family in September 2012 and both of...

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Sirmione Restaurants

  • my fav restaurant

    Window of my room, in hotel Catullo, overlooked the small square "Piazza Porto Valentino", directly at the restaurant Valentino. In the same hotel stayed our friends and it seemed quite appropriate and convenient to have dinner in a restaurant across the hotel.The ambient of the restaurant by anything in particular does not stand out except that it...

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  • 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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Sirmione Nightlife

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    Tranquility

    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

  • Il Trenino

    When the fatigue kicks in and the ice cream in the town centre is calling ... hop on board il Trenino and relax for a while.

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  • 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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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

  • Take Shoes to the Beach

    The lakeside beach at Sirmione is lovely and it's nice to cool your feet after a hard hot day of enjoying the Italian culture.One thing to watch out for is the sharp jagged rocks that lay beneath the surface of the water.I had to put my shoes back on to rescue some old ladies who got stuck just out in the lake in their barefeet.They were grateful...

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  • 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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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 General

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  • 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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