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Santa Maria Maggiore

Beautiful architecture and works of art that are hundreds of years old make this ancient church a must-see on your Sirmione itinerary.

Browse the collection of religious art inside the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore. This stone building from the 15th century is decorated with centuries-old frescoes and statues. It is Sirmione’s parish church.

Santa Maria Maggiore was built on the site of the former Church of St. Martin in the Castro, which was founded in the 8th century. Older material was reused in the construction of this ancient place of worship. Look at the columns of the five-arched portico. One of them is dedicated to the emperor Julian the Apostate who lived during the 4th century. The exterior of the building is also noteworthy for its terracotta decorations.

Tour the interior of this modest single-nave church for its collection of religious art. Study the wooden statue of a Madonna enthroned. Look at the 16th-century crucifix, which is attributed to the Italian painter Domenico Brusasorci.

View the old frescoes, many of which were painted in the 15th century. Among them is a depiction of St. Sebastian, his body pierced by many arrows. Go up to the polygonal apse for a closer look at the stained-glass windows.

Turn your gaze toward the statue of Saint Rocco or Roch, who lived in the 14th century. He is pointing to a gland on his leg that has been enlarged due to infection by the plague. The religious figure is the patron saint of plague victims.

Upon leaving the church, stroll through the churchyard to find another item of Roman providence, a memorial stone dedicated to the god Jupiter. Today it is used as a collection box for the poor.

The Church of Santa Maria Maggiore is located in the heart of the old town. Vehicle access to Sirmione is restricted, so park your car, for a fee, in the area south of the castle, which sits at the lakeside town’s entrance. Then walk across the drawbridge next to the castle to access Sirmione.


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Broglia

Via Piana 34, Sirmione, BS
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Center Aquaria Spa and Wellness Center and Scaliger Castle. Church of Santa Maria della Neve and Santa Maria Maggiore are also within 5 minutes.

    Appartamenti Primavera Sirmione
    Appartamenti Primavera Sirmione

    Appartamenti Primavera Sirmione

    via XXV Aprile, 38, Sirmione
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Sirmione, this beach apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Church of Santa Maria della Neve, Scaliger Castle and Center Aquaria Spa and Wellness Center. Santa Maria Maggiore and Church of San Pietro are also within 1 mile (2 km).

      Grand Hotel Terme £180
      Grand Hotel Terme

      Grand Hotel Terme

      Viale Marconi, 7, Sirmione, BS
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Sirmione, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Scaliger Castle and Center Aquaria Spa and Wellness Center. Church of Santa Maria della Neve and Santa Maria Maggiore are also within 5 minutes.

        Hotel Eden £180
        Hotel Eden

        Hotel Eden

        Piazza Carducci 19, Sirmione, BS
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Sirmione, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre, just steps away from Church of Santa Maria della Neve and Scaliger Castle. Center Aquaria Spa and Wellness Center is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) away.

          Hotel Sirmione e Promessi Sposi
          Hotel Sirmione e Promessi Sposi

          Hotel Sirmione e Promessi Sposi

          Piazza Castello 19, Sirmione, BS
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Scaliger Castle and Center Aquaria Spa and Wellness Center. Church of Santa Maria della Neve and Santa Maria Maggiore are also within 5 minutes.

            San Lorenzo Apartments
            San Lorenzo Apartments

            San Lorenzo Apartments

            Via S. Salvatore 12, Sirmione, Provincia di Brescia
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in the historical district, this hotel is steps away from Church of Santa Maria della Neve and Scaliger Castle. Center Aquaria Spa and Wellness Center is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) away.

              Relais La Speranzina £464
              Relais La Speranzina

              Relais La Speranzina

              Via Dante 16, Sirmione
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Sirmione, this beachfront inn is in the city centre, just steps away from Santa Maria Maggiore and Scaliger Castle. Center Aquaria Spa and Wellness Center is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) away.

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                Aurora Appartamenti

                Aurora Appartamenti

                Via Dante 1, Sirmione, Provincia di Brescia
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Sirmione, this apartment building is steps away from Santa Maria Maggiore and Scaliger Castle. Center Aquaria Spa and Wellness Center is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) away.