Highlights of this trip

  • Scagliero Castle
  • Jamaica Beach
  • Catullo’s cave
  • Thermal baths
  • Garda Island
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Best things to do in Sirmione

Sirmione is one of Lake Garda's most attractive settlements, and its castle on the water is one of the most beautiful in the world. Let's find out what to visit in Sirmione in one day, where to park, which beaches are not to be missed, and where to eat good and cheaply.

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If you're wondering which villages on Lake Garda you must see because you're planning a trip out of town in the vicinity, the answer is simple: Sirmione.

Sirmione should be on everyone's list of places to visit in Italy at least once in their lives. Take my advice and go; you will not be disappointed!

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Discover with us what to see in Sirmione (:

Castello Scaligero

The Scaliger Castle is a castle built about the middle of the thirteenth century to secure the only point of land access to the city's historic core during the Scaliger era, a family that controlled Verona for one hundred and twenty-five years. It is a remarkable example of lake fortification as well as one of Italy's most complete and well-preserved castles.

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The fortress, with its three towers and 47-meter-high keep, is encircled on all four sides by lake waters, giving it a fairy-tale and seductive appearance. It is possible to access the walkways by walking down a 146-step stairway that leads to the castle of Sirmione, which offers a wonderful view of Lake Garda.

If you enjoy the enchanting ambiance of castles and antique homes, a boat excursion departing from Sirmione will allow you to observe the Scaliger Castle, Maria Callas' mansion, and Catullus' "Caves" from a unique vantage point.

Catullo's Caves in Sirmione

Although the name conjures up images of traditional underground caverns, visitors to the Grotte di Catullo, on the peninsula's tip, will find themselves in front of a Roman domus built between the end of the first century BC and the beginning of the first century AD. You can't visit Sirmione without paying a visit to this archaeological complex, which is regarded as the most important example of a Roman villa in Northern Italy.

The ruins of the villa were covered in thick vegetation before the excavations and seemed to the visitor as caves, hence the term "caves."

Despite the lack of concrete evidence, this villa was allegedly owned by Gaius Valerius Catullus, who claimed in a carme to have assets in Sirmione to which he couldn't wait to return.

The location has a historic feel as well as a spectacular view. We recommend that you take a boat trip of the Catullus Grottoes and other Sirmione attractions, departing from the small dock in front of the Castle of Sirmione. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Jamaica Beach

After admiring the spectacular panorama of the Grottoes of Catullus, you can stop and relax at Jamaica Beach, one of the most famous beaches in the city.

Bathers will enjoy an exotic ambiance equal to the best tropical destinations, although unlike the sea, the coast is encircled by the waters of Lake Sirmione. A wonderful area to unwind for a few hours, sunbathe, or cool off in the waters of Lake Garda.

Isola dei Conigli and Garda Island

A boat ride to the nearby islands is something you simply must do when in Sirmione. You can enjoy the small island of San Biagio, also known as the Island of Rabbits, in about twenty minutes by boat. A small piece of paradise marked by lush and lovely foliage, as well as the presence of numerous rabbits, the locals who have grown accustomed to man's presence.

Continuing a little further north, you can see the island of Garda, one of the lake's largest islands. Although the island is private, it has been open to tourists since 2002. The tour includes a two-hour visit to the magnificent English and Italian gardens, three rooms inside the magnificent Venetian neo-Gothic villa, and a visit to the natural park.

Thermal baths

After exploring Sirmione, a picturesque village, take a break to unwind and soak in the healing thermal waters. In reality, the city is best renowned for its thermal center, Aquaria, which has everything you need to discover peace and tranquility. The center, which is surrounded by the plants of a lovely park, has thermal pools, vascular trails, aromochromatic showers, and much more. In the evening, while submerged in the warm water pool facing Lake Garda, you may enjoy a stunning sunset.

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Where to stay in Sirmione?

Ai Santi B&B, in Dossobuono, near lake Garda

Recommended tours in Sirmione


Photography tips

Where to photograph?

The Scagliero Castle

My Camera

Sonyalpha 7 and gopro hero 9

Is any special equipment needed?


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We are Alessia & Luca. From Tuscany with love ♥ Passionate about travel, photography, nature, sports and trekking. Fall in love with our Italy, with its beautiful crystal clear waters and high mountains, but we don't miss opportunities to travel abroad. Let's travel together!

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