Situated on the shores of Lake Garda, the Italian city of Sirmione is renowned for its thermal spas and medieval architecture. Dating back to the fifth century BCE as a holiday retreat for rich families, the city was formerly part of the Venetian Republic and Habsburg Empire before joining Italy in the 1800s. Today, the city remains a picturesque holiday retreat for tourists from across Europe.
Sirmione’s most famous architectural landmarks are the 13th century Scaligero Castle and the Grottoes of Catullus – an archaeological site showcasing the ruins of a Roman settlement. Other landmarks include picturesque town squares and churches like the Sant’Anna della Rocca and San Pietro in Mavino, built during the Lombard period – a suitable backdrop for enjoying some delicious Italian cuisine.
There’s many different things to do during your time in Sirmione with the best being a trip to one of its many thermal spas. Head to the Aquarial Thermal Spa for outdoor relaxation and views of the lake or visit Jamaica Beach to see some unorthodox coastal topography. Like many cities on the shores of Lake Garda, there’s plenty of restaurants serving pizza and pasta, while the historical city of Verona is a short drive away. To appreciate Sirmione from a new perspective, boat tours are available across the waters of Lake Garda.