Ciao! Last weekend we spent a day in Sirmione, which is a sweet little town along Lake Garda, in northern Italy in the Veneto region. It sit on a peninsula that divides the lower part of Lake Garda. Every little corner was so picturesque!
Back in 1st century BC, Sirmione, along with most of Lake Garda, was a favorite resort vacation for the rich families coming from Verona. In the late Roman empire it became a defender of the southern shores. What remains is a gorgeous (& very touristy) lake town!
We drove and parking is limited, even during the off season, so that took some time to figure out. You could also take the train up from Verona, or a ferry over. Next time we go back, we will probably do one of the latter options.
Our first stop was lunch! We arrived in Sirmione around noon, but by the time we would parking and walked down to the town center, it was about 130, and if you’ve been to italy, then you know most places close for lunch around 230! Thankfully, in these very touristy spots, you can generally find a few places that stay open all day.
For lunch we stopped in at this cute little garden pizzeria, Viandante. We split three pizzas and a glass of wine for the mr. & mrs! 😉 The pizzas were AHH-mazing, and the wine they served from this region was incredible..I took a couple bottles home as souvenirs. I can’t recommend this little place enough!
Next we ventured over to the Scaligero Castle. (The castle is actually the only entrance to the historical center of Sirmione, you have to walk across a drawbridge!) It was about €12 for all five of us to enter, and it was totally worth it, if not for the views alone. It is one of the most well conserved castles in Italy, and you can climb to the very top, be prepared for LOTS of steps! (My three kids did it though, so its easily done)
The view from the top is one of my favorite Ive ever seen..the combination of the red roofs, turquoise water, stunning mountains, and the little road that curves along the waters edge is just so picturesque.
After exploring the castle, we continued to walk around and explore the town. We got gelato, of course, the kids played with the ducks, there are tons of sweet little shops along the narrow roads and the deeper you walk in to the town, the more sidewalk cafes appear, its a perfect little day trip, and I can’t wait to go back and explore more! Im dying to see the ruins and the church of San Pietro in Mavino.