This amazing town’s history goes as far back as 5,000 BC. During the domination of the Roman Empire, it was used as a resort for the rich and powerful. This tradition seemed to continue into later centuries as important figures frequented the area, such as Lord Byron, George Orwell, and even Winston Churchill. Part of the reason behind its popularity is the local pride that translates into high standards of cleanliness and politeness. A mix of cultural influences has led to its 8,000 residents learning German and English beyond their Italian root language.
Location: A Commune in Lombardy, Italy
This commune is located within the province of Brescia in the Lombardy region in northern Italy, bordering the Veneto region. Its historical center is on the Sirmione Peninsula, dividing a small portion in the south of Lake Garda. Its location allows for a pleasant climate with gentle breezes and sunny days throughout the summer. From Sirmione, Brescia (45 km), Verona (40 km), and Mantua (50 km) are quickly reachable via the well-developed network of national motorways.
Culture: Ancient Churches and Castles
While a modern resort town, this city also maintains its proud history with several spectacular sites. Two churches dating back to the 12th and 14th centuries take visitors back in time. The Scaliger Castle in the center of the city has a drawbridge entrance, and was restored to its original 13th century glory. Catullus's Caves and the Thermal Baths of Catullus the on the northern tip of town contain a huge land of ruins as well as a small museum and even some magnificent ancient trees. Historians will love the small churches of Sant’Anna della Rocca and Santa Maria Maggiore, two of the most visited places of town.
Activities: Lake Garda Ferries and Markets
Lake Garda is one of the most popular attractions in the area, offering swimming, boating, water skiing, and fishing to residents and tourists alike, and ferries run frequently for those who want to travel around any point of Lake Garda. There are also many markets on the lakeside for some interesting buys, and many combine this with a ferry ride with their family for added fun. With numerous water parks located at a radius of less than 25 kilometers, children will also have a great time here.