Sirmione activities

The most popular visitor attractions, places to see & things to do in & near Sirmione Italy.

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Things to do & see in Sirmione

It might not have the mountain terrain of Malcesine or the town-feel of Riva but there’s still an array of things to see and do here which makes it no surprise that it’s such a popular Lake Garda destination. Lake life doesn’t get much better than Sirmione, which is surrounded by water on three sides, has lovely beach areas and a range of water activities. Away from the shore, you can have a sunny round of golf on one of the best courses in Europe,

indulge in some spa time or spend some time exploring the town and sampling the cafes and gelaterias. Whether you’re stocking up on souvenirs or looking to update your wardrobe, shopping is really good and in terms of sightseeing, the historical buildings dominate the town and can’t be missed. Ideally positioned for a day out with Desenzano and Peschiera’s rail stations on either side, you can hop on a train and visit some of the big Italian towns (Verona, Venice and Milan are all within easy reach).


Sirmione Walking & Hiking: Although there may not be enough for week-long walking holidays here, there are still some lovely routes, especially if you don’t mind using a car or public transport for the first leg of the journey. Over behind Desenzano is Italy’s biggest moraine, which has some lovely grassland or you can head south to the castle and lake in beautiful Castellaro Lagusello. Behind Peschiera, take the footpath along the Minico river which leads to a lovely park. In the town itself, explore the historic streets and walk around the peninsula for some fantastic views of the lake. Guided walks are available with some holidays if you want to explore places like Lugana in the hands of an expert.


Sirmione Cycling & Mountain Biking: The land is mostly flat with a few hills and although you’ll have to take a day trip to Malcesine or Limone for the best mountain biking terrain, there are still some lovely cycle paths, scenic roads and country tracks to enjoy on more leisurely rides around the area. Nearby places to visit on bike include Pozzolengo and Desenzano, which you can reach via the lakeside path. A little further afield, cycle the wine routes through the vineyards of Lugana, visit the lake and castle at Castellaro Lagusello or head behind Peschiera and follow the river to the Parco del Minico.


Sirmione Water sports & Lake Activities: Surrounded by the water on three sides, this is a fantastic place to stay for lake life and water activities. You can rent boats with or without a licence as well as water skis, jet skis and canoes for fun on the water. Enjoy a boat tour around the lake visiting the island or Punto san Vigilo with your own driver taking care of the hard work while you soak in the sights and sunshine. There are four beaches in Sirmione which are great if you want to swim in the lake: Spiaggia delle Bionde is the nearest the peninsula, Spiaggia delle Muse a bit further down and Spiaggia Brema and Lido Galeazzi nearer the mainland.

Sirmione Attractions

Scaligera Fortress

The fortress is situated in on the shore and is a truly beautiful building to visit with a colourful history. There are spectacular views from the castle - climb to the very top of the fortress to make the most of them.

San Vigilio Chervò Golf

San Vigilio Chervò Golf is a haven for golfers, with its beautifully maintained course, amazing location and clear skies; it is the perfect place to have a game of golf! It even ranked in 2011 as one of the top 20 place to play golf in the world. The area includes a bar and spa, so non-golfers can have a drink at the bar or a relaxing therapy.

Weekly Market

Each week Sirmione is host to two weekly markets, where you can experience the Lake Garda way of life and pick up fresh local produce and beautifully hand crafted items for gifts or souvenirs.

Santa Maria Maggiore Battlements

Enjoy beautiful lake views from numerous battlements of the 15th century Santa Maria Maggiore of the surrounding beaches and waterfronts. Make sure you are armed with your camera when you reach the top as you will want to permanently capture the scenes you see.

Terme di Sirmione

Termale Catullo, Termale Vergil and the Aquaria Spa Center offer numerous treatments and are famed for their thermal water based therapies. Visitors can enjoy relaxing treatments, jacuzzis and indoor and outdoor spa pools.

Rocca Scaligera

This fairy-tale castle is completely surrounded by the calm waters of Lake Garda. The castle attracts visitors due to its outstanding beauty and spectacular views of the lake from the battlements. The fortress is considered one of Italy’s most complete and well preserved castles and has an extremely colourful history. With romantic legends and myths of murder in the castle this is a beautiful, interesting and exciting place to visit!

Grotte di Catullo

The remains of Roman villa Grotte di Catullo have excellent panoramic views of the lake and the surrounding area. This ancient part of Lake Garda adds a charming romantic feel to the area. There is also a small museum to visit where you can learn more about the history of the ruins.

Romanesque San Pietro in Mavino

The Romanesque church of San Pietro was built in the 8th century and was renovated in the 14th century. The church is situated on a hill and has wonderful views. The interior of the church still has some of the original, fascinating architecture making it a must see if you are in the area.

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