One of the most beautiful towns on Lake Garda is certainly Sirmione.
Its castle, the beaches and the many glimpses present make it one of the favorite destinations for tourists who, every year, decide to spend their holidays here. For this reason, in the article you will find a complete guide on what to see in Sirmione in one day. The guide is dedicated to activities that you can do in the summer or in the other months, to offer you a complete overview.
What to see in Sirmione in one day, its historic center and the Scaligero Castle
Walking along the streets of Sirmione, you will be able to admire the Scaligero Castle which is one of the best preserved fortresses in the area. Its origins date back to the 13th century and the most interesting part is certainly the dock, the small port used as a shelter by the Scaligeri naval armies.
For a panoramic view of the lake, I recommend that you go up the keep via the external staircase. The cost of entry to the fortress is six euros for the full ticket and three euros for the reduced one.
In the immediate vicinity of the Scaligero Castle, there is a small beach where you can spend pleasant moments, perhaps at sunset.
In this area there are many restaurants in which to dine, overlooking the Rocca. You could try the Osteria Viandante choosing between an outdoor dinner overlooking the Rocca and the lake, the inside in the cold seasons and the Green Garden, a small, really pleasant outdoor courtyard.
The menu has a wide choice of dishes based on both meat and fish, ideal for those who want to try different flavors while respecting the typical products of the area.
The Grotte di Catullo: all the information for the visit
Continuing your walk, you will arrive at the road that leads to the beautiful Grotte di Catullo. On sunny days you will find a little train that will take you to the Caves, ideal for families with children.
These are the remains of an ancient Roman villa in Sirmione in a panoramic position on the tip of the peninsula. To avoid queues at the entrance, I suggest you book your ticket online.
The visit runs from Tuesday to Sunday until 7.30pm. A stop not to be missed for your day in Sirmione.
What to see in Sirmione in one day? The Villa and the Park of Maria Callas
Sirmione is also known for having been the home of the opera singer Maria Callas with her husband of the time, Giovanni Battista Meneghini.
To date, the Villa houses luxury apartments and is not open to visits to the public. Opposite you will find the park dedicated to the famous singer. A stop is mandatory!
Maria Callas was so attached to Sirmione that she wanted it to become the place of her burial but, given her move to Paris after her divorce from Meneghini and in the company of Onassis, only a wish remained.
Jamaica Beach, the most famous beach in Sirmione
How about spending a few hours on a stone beach in the area north of Sirmione? Jamaica beach is what you are looking for. Access to the beach is free but it is advisable to reserve the sun beds to have the place guaranteed! Here there are showers, cabins and bathrooms and the bar service will welcome you with cocktails and aperitifs.
From the Grotte di Catullo you will find a path on the left, marked by a sign, which will lead you to the beach in more or less five minutes.
An aperitif at sunset overlooking the lake awaits you!
Aquaria Thermal SPA: the ideal solution for taking care of your well-being
Some of you may decide to live the day in Sirmione in a different way, dedicating a part of the day to visiting and a part to wellness and relaxation.
In the latter case, the Sirmione thermal baths will be for you. There are various types of admissions and treatments included, from three to five hours in the structure or for an evening access.
Among the services available at the Sirmione spa there are swimming pools and whirlpools, Finnish and Mediterranean saunas as well as Turkish baths and other steam baths. Like any structure dedicated to wellness, particular attention is dedicated to the relaxation areas, the solarium and meditation paths where yoga and mindfulness philosophy are the protagonists.
What to see in Sirmione: Cà dei Frati among vineyards and tastings
A farm dedicated to the production of wine since 1939, whose methods have evolved over time while respecting the characteristics of each vine.
Cà dei Frati is located in Lugana di Sirmione in via Frati 22. The possibility of a guided tour of the cellar, to be booked online, is interesting: the duration is about half an hour and there are various tastings of the wines present. I leave you the link to book the guided tour, let me know if you decide to live this wonderful experience!
A boat ride in Sirmione, who to contact?
During your day in Sirmione you certainly cannot give up a boat trip to admire it from a different perspective. My suggestion is to contact Sirmione Boats, you can choose the boat trip of your dreams at the right price.
A tour of the Sirmione peninsula is an opportunity not to be missed. Alternatively you could decide for a boat trip at sunset between toasts and breathtaking views.
After a walk through the streets of the historic center, among historic shops and craft shops, a boat trip is certainly a great way to end your day.
The surroundings of Sirmione: the Tower of San Martino and the promenade in Lugana
Near Sirmione, about twenty kilometers away, stands the beautiful Tower of San Martino, a symbol of the Risorgimento in Italy.
If you want you can climb to the top of the tower, it is 64 meters high and the good news is that there are no steps. A walkway between frescoes that tell the historical events and suitable for families and children.
The Tower of San Martino is famous for being the place of battle between the Piedmontese and Austrian armies, back in 1859. Every year a historical re-enactment, in the days of the clash (from 23 to 25 June), traces the battle between two armies.
In addition to the Tower, the ossuary is worth visiting where the remains of the soldiers of the two armies are kept. A vision certainly not suitable for everyone but of great impact.
Another idea, certainly pleasant in the summer or spring, is to take a walk in Lugana with a stop at the La Fenice bar and then continue to the beach of Punta Grò.
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