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Sirmione is a known and appreciated climate and thermal centre. It is a small wonder perched on the shores of Lake Garda. It is so admired and loved that it deserved a dedication by Catullus who called it “Pearl of the peninsulas and islands”. It also hosted Maria Callas who, from 1950 to 1959 lived there with her husband Giovanni Battista Meneghini.
Sirmione between culture and spirituality
Situated on a peninsula that divides Desenzano and Peschiera, the city is situated at the end of a bridge, beyond which rises a Scalinger Castle. The Castle is a 13th-century building with 3 crenelated towers, a 47 metres high donjon which dominates the Lake and the large inner courtyard; in the Castle you can stroll on walkways and pass on drawbridges until you get to the dock yard. Here, if you climb up the 146 steps, you can reach the guard station.
Lovers of religious tourism, art and architecture should pay a visit to the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore (or Maria della Neve). This church dates from the 15th century and it has some 15th -16th century frescoes. Tourists can also see St. Anne’s Church and the Church of San Pietro in Mavino which dates back to the 8th century and it is characterized by a gabled structure.
Walking along the narrow pedestrian streets you get lost in a world of colours and showcases. Here shopping is the mistress among shops selling souvenirs and items for all budgets. You will also find boutiques where you can do some exclusive shopping and admire garments with the typical quality of the made in Italy.
If you continue walking through the irregular streets of the town, you will take a road that leads up to the Grotte di Catullo, the ruins of a Roman villa which can be visited for a fee. It is a perfect place for a dip in the culture and to enjoy a breathtaking view from its privileged position. You can spend a few hours walking among the ruins, olive trees and walkways and turn this time into a romantic moment if you have the good fortune to watch the sunset.
Between sport and relax
There are a lot of thing to see in Sirmione, and not only relating to history and spirituality.
If you want to admire the beautiful Lake you can take the Passeggiata delle Muse. This walk leads up to the beach of Lido delle Bionde or the most famous Jamaica Beach, where however is necessary to pay attention to the rocks which are slippery and failing is quite easy.
As a matter of facts, among many things, Sirmione also offers beaches where to spend time relaxing and basking under the sun or it provides sports lovers the chance to enjoy windsurfing, sailing, fishing, boating. And for those who don’t love water sport there’s also a chance to play golf, go hiking and horseback riding.
Famous for its thermal baths, Sirmione offers residents and tourists 3 spas: Aquaria, Virgil and Catullus.
It is a real pearl which gives emotions and unforgettable experiences, leaving the memory of amazing landscapes and carefree days.