Sirmione on Lake Garda

Debbie did such a fine job describing this spot in Italy we visited on our tour that I want to share it with you. She really captured it!

Bagni di Lucca and Beyond

Sirmione is a beautiful town built on the edge of Lake Garda in northern Italy. We visited in late spring to find a busy town full of holiday makers.

Sirmione is famous for the magnificent Scaligero Castle, a 13th century medieval port fortification. It was begun by Mastino della Scala in 1277. The most striking features are the Ghibelline swallowtail merlons.

Sirmione

Sirmione

The castle stands in a strategic position at the entrance to the peninsular. It is surrounded by a moat and can only be entered by 2 drawbridges…not a bad way to make an entrance.

Sirmione

Sirmione

Sirmione

The tiny church, Sant’Anna della Rocca stands near the castle. It dates from the 12th century and was built for the garrison and the few local villagers.

Sirmione

Sirmione

The pretty streets, laneways and piazzas are lined with stylish shops and restaurants.

Sirmione

There are some lovely parks and gardens.

Sirmione

We spotted the place we want to stay…

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