A beautiful walking tour of Sirmione Lake Garda

Updated: February 26, 2019 This website uses cookies, ads and affiliate links.

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.

What to expect on your walking tour of Sirmione Lake Garda?

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. Now, let me take you on a beautiful walking tour of Sirmione Lake Garda.

Sirmione, Italy - Old city walls mark the entrance to the old village of Sirmione.
Sirmione Lake Garda – Old city walls mark the entrance to the old village of Sirmione.
See my photos from Sirmione Lake Garda

Sirmione fills a thin lip of land (or peninsula) that extends into 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 things to see in Sirmione Lake Garda

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.

Piazza Castello and the old town. Old Town 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 and piazzas.

Visit Santa Maria Maggiore church. An old small church with impressive murals.

Relax on the small beautiful beaches and even take a swim. There are several public beaches in Sirmione with easy access to Garda Lake.

Visit the San Pietro in Mavino church. Another small country church with simple exterior and old interior art.

Stroll through the Maria Callas park and take a break from the heat.

Visit the ancient ruins of the ritzy Roman Villa 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.


Walking tour map of Sirmione
Green:walk, Red:see

Walk through charming Old Town Sirmione

Any walking tour of Sirmione Lake Garda starts at the old town entrance. Once you walk under the old town gates of the Scaligero Castle (Sirmione Castle), you find yourself surrounded by very old stone buildings covered with flowers. Piazza Castello (Castle Square) is a small square located right inside the old town walls.

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.
See my photos from Sirmione Lake Garda

Two narrow and parallel cobblestone streets take you from the Sirmione Castle at the entrance of old town all the way to the end of the peninsula where the remains of the Roman villa are found.

Santa Maria Maggiore Church

The church of Santa Maria Maggiore in Sirmione Lake Garda, can be reached through a narrow medieval street on the way to the small public beach on the east side. Dating back to the 15th century, the interior houses old frescoes by various masters (especially on the south wall).

Sirmione, Italy - Old water well and beautiful view of Lake Garda from Santa Maria Maggiore courtyard
Old water well and beautiful view of Lake Garda from Santa Maria Maggiore courtyard
See my photos from Sirmione Lake Garda

Stroll to small harbors and piazzas

Everything in Sirmione Lake Garda is small, because there is no room. However, as you walk the main street make sure to take the larger side streets to the left as well as they lead you to small harbors and piazzas on Garda Lake.

Sirmione, Italy - Boats docked on the western side of the village
Sirmione, Italy – Boats docked on the western side of the village
See my photos from Sirmione Lake Garda

Relax on the small Sirmione public beach

Before starting our walking tour of Sirmione by going into the old town we were very hot and the kids were tired from the drive. 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.
We didn’t know that inside the old town Sirmione we could find a small public beach with easy access to Lake Garda. Located on the east side of old town, this small public beach is an idyllic beach that can help your relax and cool off on hot summer days.

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.
See my photos from Sirmione Lake Garda

In addition to this public beach inside old town, there are a few more beaches towards the end of the Sirmione peninsula. The largest and most beautiful being Jamaica Beach located at the very end.

San Pietro in Mavino Church

A lovely setting with fabulous old church simple decoration on the interior wonderful stained glass. The War Memorial is to the left of the church. Away from the crowds of tourists but only a short distance from the old town center. Well worth a visit in the area despite the trek up the fairly steep hill. Lovingly preserved it gives a great sense of the past. Wonderful location adjacent to Sirmione’s war memorial.

Sirmione, Italy - San Pietro in Mavino Church
Sirmione, Italy – San Pietro in Mavino Church.
Photo by Allie_Caulfield
See my photos from Sirmione Lake Garda

Maria Callas Villa and park

Continuing our walking tour of Sirmione, we come upon a small park with lots of shade and beautiful views of Garda Lake. The Maria Callas park is dedicated to the famous opera singer Maria Callas, who lived in Sirmione a number of years.
Across the street you will also find the actual villa where Maria Callas actually lived. The villa has been converted to apartments and it cannot be visited. You can however stay at Maria Callas Villa in a beautifully upgraded apartment.

Sirmione, Italy - Villa Callas is the former residence of opera singer Maria Callas
Sirmione, Italy – Villa Callas is the former residence of opera singer Maria Callas
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See my photos from Sirmione Lake Garda

Ancient Roman Villa

Grote di Catullo is a large archeological complex housing the remains of a ritzy Roman Villa. This is an impressive site as one can easily imagine the opulence of Roman high society.

Sirmione, Italy - Beautiful view of Lake Garda from Grote di Catullo
Sirmione, Italy – Beautiful view of Lake Garda from Grote di Catullo
See my photos from Sirmione Lake Garda

Is it worth visiting Sirmione Lake Garda?

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 and we started our walking tour of Sirmione 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.

My best resources for planning your trip to Sirmione Lake Garda

Find budget hotels in Sirmione or in the Veneto area.

Get the best rental car rates in Italy. Sirmione is best reached by car. There is a large parking lot right before entering the old town. The parking fee is 10-15 euro, which is reasonable for an entire day parking.

Look for Lake Garda activities. Search for a Lake Garda boat tour, or for a day trip to Venice, Verona or 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: Piazzale Monte Baldo, 25019 Sirmione BS

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. This walking tour of Sirmione is part of my 1 week tour in Northern Italy.

  1. Walking tour of Milan
  2. Charming walking tour of Verona
  3. Venice Main Island walking tour
  4. Walking tour of Murano Island
  5. A colorful walking tour of Burano Island
  6. In the Dolomites at Barcis
  7. Treviso is a surprising destination
  8. In-depth walking tour of Padua
  9. Short tour of quaint Soave
  10. In-depth walking tour of Sirmione
  11. In-depth walking tour of Genoa
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