Nestled in the heart of Brescia on the border of Lombardy and Veneto, the tiny township of Sirmione is the perfect destination for travellers looking to discover a different side of Italy. Located on the banks of Lake Garda, Sirmione is a holiday destination oozing with class. Popular with the rich and powerful since the Roman era, the smell of money floats in the air. Whereas in the past, the region attracted predominantly rich traders from Verona, these days, it is a more international jet-set which descends upon the town. You never know who you'll be rubbing shoulders with whilst you're out and about discovering the sublime sights a holiday Sirmione has to offer. As one would expect with a township with such a long history, Sirmione is home to a wide-variety of historically and culturally important buildings, with examples of architecture from every important historic era to be found.
Holiday Sirmione - fascinating sights at Lake Garda
Due to its strategic location in the south-east of Lake Garda, Sirmione has been key in the plans of various armies, with opposing forces struggling to take control of the peninsula throughout the course of history. This military influence has left its mark in the impressive architecture of the region, and is the reason why many of Sirmione's most famous buildings came to be built. The Scaliger Castle, for example, is a fortification completely surrounded by water, built by the ancient inhabitants of Sirmione, who lived in fear of religious persecution at the hands of the Veronese. Developed by various armies since its conception in the 12th century, the Rocca Scaligera is well worth taking the time to explore. The Romans too have left their influence upon the township, with scores of thermal baths dotting the region and through the region's most valuable tourist attraction – the Grotto of Catullus. Don't be deceived by its name – this Roman era villa is neither a villa, nor did it house the Ancient Roman poet Catullus. Once home to a very wealthy family and containing supports dating all the way back to 150 AD, the site is now open to tourists and contains a small museum guranteed to pique the interest of any history fans. Those who are craving for more historic buildings can also visit the beautiful city Brescia located close to Sirmione.
Villa Sirmione and Sirmione apartments - find the right accommodation
Sirmione is something of an up-and-coming tourist destination, often overshadowed by its more popular Lake Garda brothers. That said, over the last few years, the region has been receiving large numbers of tourists, with visitor numbers increasing steadily. Perhaps this can be attributed to not only the plentiful attractions of the region, but also the investment which has gone into renovating and developing the Sirmione apartments and villas Sirmione. Today, many people chose to spend their vacation in a villa Sirmione in order to experience a level of comfort and luxury akin to that felt the rich tradesmen of Verona in days gone by. Not only do these apartments look gorgeous from the outside, they also drip with luxury on the inside. The interior décor will capture your attention the moment you set foot in the property. Influenced by the regional architecture but brought up-to-date with all the necessary mod-cons, the only risk involved in booking a villa Sirmione or one of the Sirmione apartments is that you'll never want to leave! And for all those who just can't get enough of water: a two hours ride will take you to Venice at the Adriatic Sea. A surely joyful excursion.