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Scaliger Castle

Walk on the walls, venture down passageways and climb up a tower of this ancient fortress on Lake Garda in northern Italy.

Scaliger Castle is a 13th-century medieval stronghold, one of the best-preserved castles in Italy. This ancient fortification is surrounded by the waters of Lake Garda and stands at the entrance to Sirmione.

Access the town and the castle by a narrow bridge leading to the peninsula. To get inside the castle, walk across a drawbridge. Go under the portcullis and step into the courtyard, which is surrounded by four tall walls and three corner towers.

Standing within the courtyard at a height of 154 feet (47 meters) is another tower. Beneath it are the castle's dungeons. Climb up to the top of the tower via its stairway for a good view of the layout of the defensive stronghold. When you are back on the ground, see the stone remains of an earlier monastery near the passages to the dungeons.

Stroll along the passageway to the darsena, the castle's dock, which historians think was built before the 15th century. Other sites in the stone citadel include a small guardhouse and the second courtyard, once used as a timber yard for the town's population. Come back to the main courtyard and climb up the staircase to walk on top of the crenellated walls. From this lofty position, enjoy a good view of the dock and the lake north toward Monte Baldo.

While you are here, visit the Sant’Anna della Rocca Church, located in front of the fortress. It is thought to have been used by soldiers who were stationed here. See the fragment of a 14th-century fresco above the altar and an image of the Virgin Mary painted on a stone.

Scaliger Castle is open every day except Monday. There is an admission fee, which includes discounts for citizens of the European Union between 18 and 25 and over 65 years old. There is no fee for children under the age of 18. The first Sunday of the month is free for everyone. If you have come by car, pay to park in the parking area just south of the castle.


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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.

    Luxury Suite Sirmione £84
    Luxury Suite Sirmione

    Luxury Suite Sirmione

    Via Romagnoli 15, Sirmione, Provincia di Brescia
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Scaliger Castle and Center Aquaria Spa and Wellness Center. Grotto of Catullus and Gardaland are also within 12 mi (20 km).

      Hotel Mon Repos £111
      Hotel Mon Repos

      Hotel Mon Repos

      Via Arici, 2, Sirmione, BS
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the beach, this hotel is steps away from Church of San Pietro and Center Aquaria Spa and Wellness Center. Scaliger Castle is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) away.

        Hotel Ocelle Thermae & Spa £147
        Hotel Ocelle Thermae & Spa

        Hotel Ocelle Thermae & Spa

        Via XXV Aprile 1, 25019 Sirmione, Italy, Sirmione
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Sirmione, this beachfront hotel is connected to the airport and within a 15-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 15 minutes.

          Hotel Flaminia £117
          Hotel Flaminia

          Hotel Flaminia

          Piazza Flaminia 8, Sirmione, BS
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Sirmione, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course, just 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.

            Hotel Marconi £84
            Hotel Marconi

            Hotel Marconi

            Via Vittorio Emanuele Ii 51, Sirmione, BS
               
              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 0.1 mi (0.2 km) away.

              Broglia
              Broglia

              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.

                Hotel Saviola £84
                Hotel Saviola

                Hotel Saviola

                Via XXV Aprile, 40, Sirmione, BS
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Sirmione, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within 1 mi (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).