In depth walking tour of Sirmione, Italy

Sirmione, Italy - Water canal and beautiful old buildings and shops right inside the old city walls. Sirmione, Italy is a stunning place to visit in Northern Italy. It is situated on the southern tip of beautiful lake Garda and it has amazing history. Sirmione, Italy is the quintessential Italian tourist destination. We arrived in Sirmione a bit tired, coming from Padua, but taking a swim in the warm waters of Lake Garda, completely refreshed us and made us ready to head into town.

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What to expect when visiting Sirmione, Italy?

Sirmione has it all: history dating back to the Roman times, amazing location on the shores of Lake Garda, and a lot of Italian charm. Today however, Sirmione is a large and busy resort town on the shores of Lake Garda. Thus, in order to get to old Sirmione you have to drive all the way to the end of the road, literally.

Sirmione, Italy – Old city walls mark the entrance to the old village of Sirmione.
Sirmione, Italy - Old city walls mark the entrance to the old village of Sirmione.
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Sirmione fills a small lip of land (or peninsula) that extends into the oval shape shores of Lake Garda, exactly on its southern most point.

Even though it is filled with tourists, especially in the summer, Sirmione feels like a small village. In fact, Sirmione is a small medieval village that dates back to the Roman times. If we would be able to put tourism aside, then old Sirmione would feel just like a few centuries ago with some modern improvements.

My favorite tourist attractions in Sirmione, Italy

Sirmione, Italy has a beautiful old town. We arrived at Sirmione from Venice and Padua on our way back to Milano. We read on the internet about Sirmione’s beautiful location and I saw a few travel photos. But when we arrived in Sirmione we were just amazed at how beautiful this place was.

Visit the old town. Old Sirmione is the main attraction and it is beautiful. Walk the two narrow streets leading to the end of the peninsula where the Roman ruins are. Make sure you take the few side streets as well as they will lead you to small beaches or harbors.

Relax on the small beaches and even take a swim. Once you enter the old town, you would be able to see a small beach on your right, at the end of a narrow alley.

Visit the Roman ruins and enjoy the view. They are situated at the end of the Sirmione peninsula and they give you amazing views of the surrounding lake and shores.

Sirmione, Italy – Walking tour map
Sirmione, Italy - Walking tour map
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Walk through charming Old Sirmione

Once you walk under the old town gates you find yourself surrounded by very old stone buildings covered with flowers and some of the old town walls that surrounded Sirmione long time ago. Two narrow and parallel cobblestone streets take you from the old town gates all the way to the end where the remains of the Roman amphitheater are found.

Sirmione, Italy – Water canal and beautiful old buildings and shops right inside the old city walls. Sirmione, Italy - Water canal and beautiful old buildings and shops right inside the old city walls.
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Relax on the small Sirmione beaches and take a swim

Before going into the old town we were very hot and the kids were tired and we saw the inviting waters of the Lake Garda and we decided to take a little break and actually go for a swim. The water was very refreshing and yet warm and we all enjoyed the little swim. I’m not sure if it was legal for us to swim or not but nobody said anything and with other people swimming so we decided just follow the crowds and just go into the water.

Sirmione, Italy – A few stone steps leading to a small beach on the eastern side of the village.
Sirmione, Italy - A few stone steps leading to a small beach on the eastern side of the village.
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My best tips for planning your trip to Sirmione, Italy

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Get the best rental car rates in Italy – Search Now. Sirmione is best reached by car. There is a large parking lot right before entering the old town.

Getting to Sirmione from Milan. Book a beautiful day trip of Lake Garda and Verona from Milan.

Finding parking was very easy, because right outside the entrance to the old town, on the right hand side of the road there is a very large parking lot. Even though the parking fee was somewhat expensive the location was great. Parking lot address and map for your GPS: Via XXV Aprile, 10, Sirmione Italy

Getting to Sirmione by train is a bit more complicated because the train station is pretty far from town. The nearest train station is called Desenzano del Garda-Sirmione is conveniently located about 30 minutes either from Verona Porta Nuova or Milano Centrale stations. However it is located about 10 km away from the old town.

Getting to Old Sirmione by bus from the Desenzano del Garda-Sirmione train station takes about 30 minutes using bus number 26 towards Sirmione Porto.

Getting to Sirmione by boat. Sirmione is one of the many boat stop around Lake Garda. Check the Lake Garda boat schedule here.

Is it worth visiting Sirmione, Italy?

All I can say is wow! We came from the surprisingly sweet village of Soave and we were a bit tired. But when we got to Lake Garda we were refreshed by how beautiful this place was. So, yes Sirmione is definitely a must see place if you are in the Milan or Verona area.

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