Sirmione has been a popular resort town since the first century BC, largely due to its thermal hot springs. Check out the village’s charming medieval center, the 13th-century Scaliger Castle (Castello Scaligero or Rocca Scaligera), and the Grottoes of Catullus, remains of a Roman villa named for a poet whose family lived in Sirmione in the first century BC.
Day trips from Milan, Bergamo, and Venice often pair visits to Sirmione and Desenzano del Garda with a stop in the romantic city of Verona. Or, enjoy views of Sirmione and Garda Island from the water on a Lake Garda mini-cruise or sunset cruise.
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Things to Know Before You Go
Sirmione’s historic center is accessible to pedestrians, strollers, and wheelchairs only, so wear comfortable shoes, a hat, and sunscreen.
Though the town is accessible to wheelchairs, parts of the castle and Roman villa are not.
With its dramatic turrets and towers, Scaliger Castle can be a fun stop for kids.
Views over the lake from the village and castle are excellent, so don’t forget your camera.
How to Get There
Sirmione is located in the province of Brescia, about halfway between Milan and Venice. Take a train to the lakeside town of Desenzano del Garda, then a local bus to Sirmione.
When to Get There
Sirmione’s historic center can get crowded in the summer. For a more tranquil experience, go in the spring or fall.
Sirmione’s Historic Scaliger Castle
Built by the powerful Scaliger (aka Della Scala) dynasty from Verona to protect Sirmione from attack, Scaliger Castle’s fortified walls and crenelated towers shelter the harbor once used by the Scaliger fleets. The fortress was used as a garrison until the 19th century, but lost its strategic importance after the unification of Italy.
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