Lake Garda’s jewel – Sirmione
ess than 2 hours from Verona lies a charming historic center in the lower part of Lake Garda, called Sirmione. A city founded in the 1st century BCE. What was a resort to wealthy families those days, remains as a rich people destination, with Rolls Royces and fancy hotels. However, this small town can be a great tour on a budget.
You can find find cheap food and attractions in Sirmione which make the Lake Garda region an affordable destination in Italy.
Things to do in Sirmione and Lake Garda
When you reach Sirmione, all eyes are on the Scaligero Castle. In the medieval times, it was the city gateway due his strategic position. Being one of the best-preserved of Italy, the castle has moat, drawbridge and a great view of Lake Garda. Its fortification has more more than 700 years providing beautiful stories and a great experience.
Grottoes of Catullus
It is a roman village on the borders of Lake Garda dating from late 1st century BCE. It consists the most important ruins of the northern Italy. The origins are unknown, however a museum tries to solve the puzzle and explains how everything began. The few pieces tell us that it was the first romans ruins in Italy and also the most impressive for your organization and magnitude. If you have plans to visit Pompei, this can give you an idea about what you will see there.
A typical medieval village with narrow streets and several stores. Cars are forbidden in this area, which makes the tour very enjoyable. There are several restaurants options, many of them serving on the street, that allows you to buy your panini quickly. In addition several ice cream shops give you the chance to try a handmade gelatto. Do not miss the small artesanal pasta shops, Garda Lake families for centuries sell their delicious recipes for reasonable prices.
How long to stay in Sirmione?
That will depend of travel styles. We stayed for 2 days and the it was enough. If you have a free schedule, it’s a good idea to add another day, specially if you plan a daytrip to Verona. Sirmione is a small village, easy to explore.
Where to stay in Sirmione?
Food and attractions are affordable but it doesn’t apply to accommodation. Stay in Sirmione could be very expensive with fares exceeding €300 a night. Therefore we recommend looking for option on others Lake Gard comunes.
We choose Desenzano del Garda, just 5 km the to the Scaligero Gateway. The hotel, Albergo La Quiete has a great cost benefit just like other options nearby.
If you have the chance to visit Sirmione, do no hesitate. The food, history and people make the Lake Garda a place to remember.