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A trip to Sirmione

Discover an enchanting medieval town and popular spa resort in southern Lake Garda

The pretty medieval walled town of Sirmione in Lombardy, northern Italy, occupies a unique location on a narrow, three-kilometre-long peninsula which extends into Lake Garda from its southern shore.

Most likely originating as a fishing settlement in the Stone Age, Sirmione's idyllic position on the lake, surrounded by breath-taking natural beauty and benefiting from a temperate climate soon secured the village's population as a resort, favoured by Italy's aristocracy as early as the first century BC.

Sirmione's location was also recognised for its importance in the defence of Lake Garda against invaders, and a castle was built on the peninsula in the thirteenth century which remains one of the town's key attractions today.

Whilst Sirmione's historic architecture, which dates from Roman times onward, would alone justify the town's popularity as a tourist destination, in 1889 a Venetian diver discovered and harnessed a natural thermal spring in the lake and piped its warm mineral rich waters into Sirmione's first public spa. Now, Sirmione is one of Europe's foremost thermal spa resorts.

Sirmione's ancient charm coupled with an array of fine cafes, shops and restaurants, a relaxed and hospitable atmosphere and a distinct lack of traffic ensure that the city is both delightful to explore and a great base from which to discover neighbouring towns and villages on Lake Garda's picturesque southern shores.

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Lake Garda All Inclusive

On this wonderful all inclusive holiday, you have the chance to explore the charming towns and villages surrounding Lake Garda and enjoy excursions to the fabulous cities of Verona and Venice.

Departs from April 2017 to September 2017.
10 days from £1,195per personView tour details
Enchanting Lake Garda

Unwind against the tranquil backdrop of sparkling Lake Garda on your relaxing rail break. Based in Desenzano, enjoy exciting excursions to picturesque Sirmione, Verona, and timeless Venice.

Departs from April 2017 to October 2017.
8 days from £975per personView tour details
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Grotto of Catullus
It's not actually a grotto, and the celebrated Roman poet Catullus never lived here (although he did frequent Sirmione), but this remarkable ruin of a three-storey Italian palazzo dating from around 150AD is still one of Sirmione's historic highlights and is accompanied by a small but excellent archaeological museum.

Scaliger Castle
Sirmione's magnificently-restored thirteenth-century fortress is unmissable thanks to its fish-filled moat, crossed by an authentic drawbridge, and for the stunning views of Lake Garda and of Sirmione afforded by the 150-step climb up to the castle's crenelated ramparts.

The Church of Santa Maria Maggiore
Set in a beautiful public park, Sirmione's parish church is notable for its fifteenth-century frescos, its Baroque architecture which features a stunning columned portico, its marble altar and for its unique terracotta decorations.

Sirmione beach
The eastern shore of Sirmione's peninsula features a white sand beach that is perfect for relaxing and sunbathing upon and offers superb views of southern Lake Garda's surrounding landscapes. The water here is particularly clear and well suited to swimming and water sports.

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