A holiday to Sirmione offers a slice of Italian heaven for anyone visiting the Lake Garda area. As one of the most frequented areas on Lake Garda, the peninsula is known as 'Sirmione del Garda' by the local people. Perhaps it is the fascinating history of this location that lures visitors, or could it be the fact that the lake is said to have healing properties?
Since the average flight time is just two hours and 15 minutes, it’s hard to resist booking a holiday to Sirmione. Temperatures creep up to the 30s throughout peak season, which is generally between the months of May and August. Enjoy easy access to some of the most sublime beaches from this commune, which is located in the Brescia province.
Home to fewer than 10,000 people, Sirmione is based near a UNESCO World Heritage Site called Lugana Vecchia. Cobblestone streets ooze character and since the town is enclosed within Scaligeri Castle walls, a Sirmione holiday has that genuine ‘getaway’ feel to it. You can spend your time doing many different things in the enchanting town, where cafés, shops and restaurants are tucked away in the maze-like streets.
Evidence of ancient Camuni rock drawings dating back to the Iron Age were found around Lombardy. This proves that settlement occurred by the 2nd millennium BC. With such a rich and intriguing history, it's worth browsing artifacts inside one of the history museums. A stroll around the Old Quarter will also enable you to step back in time. Day trips to Venice or Milan present tourists with a truly magical experience. You are sure to feel small as you are cruising along Lake Garda with the mountains surrounding you.
Wine and Dine
Sipping on a white wine like Lugana is standard procedure for most of Sirmione's visitors. The nearby Italian wine region of Lugana is equally as picturesque, not to mention traditional. Produced on Lake Garda's southern coast, Lugana is a wine best served with an authentic Italian seafood or meat dish. Some other wines of Lake Garda include San Martillo della Battaglia and Doc Valtenesi. It’s thanks to the microclimate environment that such a wide variety of grapes are cultivated in this part of Italy.
If you consider yourself both a wine and food connoisseur, a holiday to Sirmione is the perfect option, since the Sirmione landscape is strewn with cafés and restaurants. La Rucola, Girasole and Antica Contrada are three local businesses that dish up olive oil-based specialties. Ravioli and tortellini dishes are prepared with high-quality raw ingredients. Ask for a chef’s recommendation if you are unsure of what to eat. After all, the Italians take great pride in cooking.
Keeping the kids entertained will not be a problem when you are holidaying in the Lake Garda region. From scenic drives along the Stelvio Pass to day trips at Turati Centro Nautico Lario, the options are endless. Head to Mottolino Fun Mountain if you’re keen to carve through powdery snow on a snowboard, or introduce the kids to the world of wildlife at nearby zoo, Parco Faunistico le Cornelle. River rafting and tubing are just two of many activities that can be experienced with the family. For gaming, entertainment, and aerial experiences, such as zip-lining, visit Selvino Adventure Park.
Action and Adventure
If you have been searching for a place where you can feel the adrenaline pumping through your body, look no further than Sirmione. As part of the Italian region of Lombardy, the range of outdoor activities on offer are varied. Nature tours prove popular and if you’re a cycling enthusiast, the Lake Varese bicycle trail will expose you to rare sights. Alternatively, zip-line through Jungle Raider Park. Fly Emotion is another aerial adventure park, but be prepared – the zip-line at this park extends above the ocean.
Feeling flush? Rent a sports car for the day and drive around the island in style. Boat tours offer the best views of Sirmione or, if you fancy it, you can set off on a voyage in a canoe. A handful of companies organise climbing tours, bike tours, rappelling tours and canyoning tours, so the choice really is yours. It’s even possible to snowboard or ski at one of Lombardy's 35 ski resorts.
Life's a Beach
Sunbathing and swimming are two things you can do at plenty of places around Sirmione and Lake Garda. You’ll find the bays are clean and allow for safe swimming. Limone Spiaggia Tifu is a free beach. Water meets the gravel and sand, which meets with a strip of vegetation at this beach. Thanks to these green areas, sunbathers can take a break beneath the shaded patches.
Strand Cola boasts a wide selection of facilities, such as sunbed rental, umbrellas, chairs and water sports equipment hire. Alternative options include Miralago beach, Desenzanino Strand beach, and Jamaica beach. However, the most well-equipped beach of them all is Spiaggia Sabbioni.
Make sure you get dressed up at least once during your holiday to Sirmione, as there are an assortment of sophisticated lounges and bars based nearby. Cocktails are served until late at Ristorante Tancredi and Doc Pub. If you’re on the hunt for somewhere with more of a laid-back vibe, Taberna Don Diego or Wind's Bar Torbole are recommended. The atmosphere varies depending on where you are in Lake Garda, with most businesses capturing the attention of passers-by with live music or entertainment.
Love is in the air and you’re about to feel it for yourself when you’re on holiday in Sirmione. Castello Scaligero enchants every visitor with its lake views and 13th-century architecture. Climb the steps with your partner and share a special moment at the top, where sweeping views of Lake Garda can be absorbed. The Italian lakes are astonishingly beautiful and when holidaying with your partner, a day of pampering at one of the surrounding spa and wellness centres is a must. Garda Thermal Park and Sirmione Spa are two luxury options.
The customs and traditions in Sirmione differ greatly to British culture, therefore you'd benefit from learning a little bit about the culture before jetting off on holiday to Sirmione. Saying ‘Buon giorno’ (hello) or ‘Grazie’ (thank you) will go a long way, so practice your basic Italian phrases if you want to earn the respect of the locals.
Architecture, music, art and food are the four foundations of Italy's culture, which evolved from the Roman Empire and Renaissance period. Christianity is the faith that most Italians devote themselves to, with 88 per cent of the country's population being part of the Roman Catholic community. Although the country's official language is Italian, a big portion of the population also speaks English, French, German and a number of other dialects.