SirmioneItaly

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Visit Sirmione

After walking along the peninsula to see its historic sites, rest and relax at this town’s spa that channels Lake Garda’s hot springs.

Among the highlights of Lake Garda, Sirmione is a medieval wonder with a castle and many churches. See its intriguing archeological site and thermal springs. Stroll through the quaint historic center to imagine life around the lake as it was centuries ago.

The Old Town area is on the Sirmio Peninsula jutting into the lake, offering picturesque panoramic views. On the northern tip of this land lie the ruins of the Grotto of Catullus. Capture photos of the dramatic scenery of the lake as a backdrop to the surviving vestiges of the Roman villa. Visit the site’s museum to learn about the structure.

On the same peninsula is the iconic Scaliger Castle, surrounded by water. Learn about its history as a fortification to defend Verona. Gaze up at its corner towers and cross the drawbridge to enter the castle to explore its museum.

Notice the lovely religious structures, such as the 8th-century Church of San Pietro. The 15th-century Santa Maria Maggiore is another iconic church nearby.

In addition to its castles and Roman ruins, Sirmione has thermal springs. Luxuriate in the Aquaria Spa and Wellness Center, which channels pools of warm water from the lake’s springs. The retreat offers massages, training exercises and a freshwater pool.

The area has a pleasant climate, with long, hot summer days and a refreshing breeze that encourages windsurfers. Winters are mild and sunny.

The commune is between the towns of Desenzano del Garda and Peschiera del Garda on the southern shoreline of Lake Garda. It is part of the Brescia province in the region of Lombardy in northern Italy. Fly to Verona Villafranca Airport, which is just 22 miles (35 kilometers) east of town. Reach other towns of Lake Garda via boats from the jetty at the town’s port.

The castles and churches of Sirmione transport you back in time, while the hot springs ensure your trip offers plenty of relaxation.

Top hotels in Sirmione

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Sirmione e Promessi Sposi
Hotel Sirmione e Promessi Sposi
4 out of 5
Piazza Castello 19, Sirmione, BS
£56
per night
Dec 19 - Dec 20

Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Scaliger Castle and Grotto of Catullus. Church of Santa Maria della Neve and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (673 reviews)

"All good staff were friendly and the place was spotless"…"

Reviewed on 28 Oct 2019

Hotel Sirmione e Promessi Sposi
Grand Hotel Terme
Grand Hotel Terme
5 out of 5
Viale Marconi, 7, Sirmione, BS
£141
per night
Dec 18 - Dec 19

This family-friendly Sirmione hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Scaliger Castle and Grotto of Catullus. Church of Santa ...

4.4/5Excellent! (308 reviews)

"A lovely spacious hotel with great facilities. Not the greatest choice for breakfast or lunch but overall a great location with staff that couldn’t do more for you. I would recommend it 😀"…"

Reviewed on 11 Sep 2019

Grand Hotel Terme
Hotel Eden
Hotel Eden
4 out of 5
Piazza Carducci 19, Sirmione, BS
£138
per night
Jan 4 - Jan 5

Situated in Sirmione, this beach hotel is steps away from Church of Santa Maria della Neve and Scaliger Castle. Grotto of Catullus is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) away.

4.8/5Exceptional! (354 reviews)

"Great location. Friendly staff. Good breakfast. Large balcony room."…"

Reviewed on 16 Nov 2019

Hotel Eden

Popular things to do in Sirmione

Scaliger Castle
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Scaliger Castle

4.5/5(162 reviews)

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

Grotto of Catullus
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Grotto of Catullus

4.5/5(53 reviews)

Jutting out from the idyllic Sirmione Peninsular, this expansive villa offers a glimpse of how the elite lived during Roman times.

Church of San Pietro
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Church of San Pietro

Admire the many ancient works of art that are dotted throughout this small church, which is more than 1,000 years old.

Santa Maria Maggiore
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Santa Maria Maggiore

4/5(1 review)

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

Verona Arena
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Verona Arena

4.5/5(287 reviews)

Watch operas, rock concerts or theater events in the same historic stadium where Roman gladiators once battled to the death.

Gardaland
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Gardaland

4.5/5(43 reviews)

Have a fun-filled day at Gardaland and see why people love this theme park in Ronchi. Stroll along the lakeside or visit the spas in this relaxing area.

Top activities in Sirmione

Sirmione and Lake Garda tour from Verona
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Sirmione and Lake Garda tour from Verona

£59

Meet the guide at the meeting point in the city center of Verona, and find a seat in our comfortable air-conditioned van for an amazing and relaxing half-day tour to lake Garda. Once we have left the city-center you will pass through the countryside to reach Peschiera del Garda.

Sirmione: 1.5-Hour Isola Del Garda Private Boat Tour
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Sirmione: 1.5-Hour Isola Del Garda Private Boat Tour

£35

If you are looking for a special way to see the most beautiful island of Garda Lake, this is exactly what you are looking for.

Verona & Lake Garda Tour
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Verona & Lake Garda Tour

£76

Spend a day away from metropolitan Milan and head north to Verona and the stunning scenery of Lake Garda. As the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Verona possesses a romantic vibe few cities can rival.

Verona Food & Wine Walking Tour
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Verona Food & Wine Walking Tour

£59

Meet the expert local food guide and begin the day with a nice espresso and pastries, then continue walking through the streets of old city to the different stops, including a real 'bottega' to taste some local cheese and salami, and homemade bread.

Verona In the Moonlight Guided Walking Tour
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Verona In the Moonlight Guided Walking Tour

£26

This tour starts in the beautiful Piazza Erbe. Here you can already admire the stunning 17th century Palazzo Maffei and the breath-taking frescoes of Casa Mazzanti, that cast their spell at night.

The Best of Sirmione Walking Tour
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The Best of Sirmione Walking Tour

£27

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Pass By: Grotte di Catullo, Piazza Orti Manara 4, 25019 Sirmione Italy …..

Reviews of Sirmione

4.8

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 17, 2019

Lovely place.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 6, 2019

Boat trip around Sirmione definitely recommended to see the beautiful place from the sea. Roman Villa was exceptional and fab location to hotel

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 29, 2019

Boat ferries to most towns in southern Lake Garda at good price. Walk to old town and shuttle bus options. Speedboat trip around Sirmione was exciting and good value (€10)

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 24, 2019

Sirmione and Hotel Eden are excellent for a relaxing holiday. Stroll around, stop and read a book, have a drink occasionally. Every restaurant we used was a good standard - although the menus were repetitive from one to another.

5/5 - Excellent

Mark

Sep 23, 2019

Beautiful old town feel, quaint square and cobbled side streets with numerous bars, coffee shops and restaurants.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 15, 2019

Lovely place full of shops and bars.great place boat trips brilliant