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Sirmione
Garda’s most popular resort juts several miles into the southern waters of the lake on a narrow peninsula of cypress and olive groves. Despite an onslaught of visitors, Sirmione manages to retain its charm. Vehicular traffic is kept to a minimum (the few motorists allowed onto the marble streets of the old town are required to switch off their cars’ engines at traffic lights). The emphasis is on strolling, swimming in waters warmed in spots by underwater hot springs, and relaxing on sunny hotel terraces. One caveat: You may find Sirmione to be less than charming in July and August, when the crowds descend in full force.

Main monuments

Grotte di Catullo
Grotte di Catullo Sirmione Lombardy tourism Garda Sirmione tourist board

Whether or not these extensive ruins at the northern tip of the peninsula were really, as they’re alleged to have been, the villa and baths of the pleasure-loving Roman poet Catullus is open to debate.

Grotte di Catullo Sirmione Lombardy tourism Garda Sirmione tourist board

Even so, their presence here, on a hilltop fragrant with wild rosemary and pines, demonstrates that Sirmione has been a deservedly popular retreat for millennia, and you can wander through the evocative remains while enjoying wonderful lake views.

Grotte di Catullo Sirmione Lombardy tourism Garda Sirmione tourist board

March to October 14, the ruins are open Tuesday to Saturday 8:30am to 7pm and Sunday 9am to 6pm;
October 15 through February, hours are Tuesday to Saturday 8:30am to 4:30pm and Sunday 9am to 4:30pm (museum remains open until 7pm daily)
admission is 4 €

 
The castle
The castle Sirmione Lombardy tourism Garda Sirmione tourist board

The moated and turreted Castello Scaligero (&030-916-468) marks the only land-side entrance to the Old Town. Built in the 13th century by the della Scala family, who ruled Verona and many of the lands surrounding the lake, the castle warrants a visit mainly for the views from its towers.

The castle Sirmione Lombardy tourism Garda Sirmione tourist board

It’s open Tuesday to Sunday:
April to October 9am to 8pm and November to March 9am to 1pm.
Admission is 4 €

S. Pietro in Mavino
S. Pietro in Mavino Sirmione Lombardy tourism Garda Sirmione tourist board

The church of San Pietro in Mavino, built in Lombard times but renovated in the 14th century. It hsa frescoes from the 12th-16th centuries, while the Romanesque bell tower is from 1070.

 

Spa

Catullo Spa Complex

The Catullo Spa complex is located in the old town of Sirmione, and opens directly onto the splendid shores of Lake Garda. The Complex offers all types of inhalation treatment, fangotherapy and balneotherapy, various types of manual and underwater massages, as well as treatment for vascular, gynaecological and dermatological diseases. There are also two important Specialist Centres at the Catullo Spa Complex: the Centre for Rhinogenic Deafness. An extremely well-appointed thermal pool offers relaxing views over Lake Garda, and was purpose built in order to offer patients the opportunity to unwind and enjoy the incomparable panorama through the picture windows. Naturally patients can also receive physiotherapy and treatment for vascular disease from our specialist staff at the thermal pool.
Sirmione tourist board visit Sirmione Lombardy Official site

 
Virgilio Spa Complex

The Virgilio Spa Complex is close to the base of the Sirmione peninsula, on the main road from Verona to Brescia. It was constructed in 1987, and offers the most modern equipment for Spa treatment. Inside the modern spacious building, patients can undergo all types of inhalation treatment, fangotherapy and balneotherapy, various types of manual and underwater massages, as well as treatment for vascular and dermatological diseases.
Sirmione tourist board visit Sirmione Lombardy Official site