Sirmione is a charming small town on the southern shore of Lake Garda, to which the Latin poet Catullus dedicated his poem CARME 31.
“O Sirmio, little eye of peninsulas and of islands,
whatever in shining lakes
or vast sea either Neptune brings,
how gladly and how happily I go to see you”
At the entrance of the ancient village, the eye is captivated by the beauty of the Scaliger Castle, completely surrounded by the transparent waters of the lake. Sirmione has many wonders to discover: splendid panoramic views of the lake and the mountains that surround it, ancient frescoed churches, the villa where Maria Callas stayed with her husband during the summer in the 1950s.
At the very end of the peninsula, in a unique panoramic position, we can still admire the majestic ruins of one of the largest Roman villas found in northern Italy, the Grottoes of Catullus.
This lovely village has another surprise for its visitors: not far from its coast, a unique thermal spring gushes from the bottom of the lake at a temperature of 69 ° C. It is a sulphurous salso-bromo-iodic water with important beneficial and therapeutic properties for the body.
Sirmione is also famous for its ice cream parlours, which offer infinite flavours of delicious ice cream!