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Sirmione is a town in the Lombardy Region of Northern Italy. It is situated on the southern bank of Lake Garda and is known for its beauty. The town is full of history, with the first settlements in the area dating back as far as the 3rd millennia BC.
One of the biggest attractions in Sirmione is Castello Scagliero. This castle was built in the 13th century and is still in great condition today. Some of the oldest ruins in the town are the Grotte di Catullo, a Roman villa which was built in 1st century B.C. Here you can tour the ruins and visit the museum to learn about the Villa and the family who once lived there.
There is so much to do in Sirmione and in the surrounding areas of Lake Garda which makes it a perfect destination for kids and families of all ages. Children will love touring the magical Castello Scagliero, and couples and parents alike will enjoy relaxing on Sirmione’s Jamaica beach.
When embarking on a Sirmione holiday, tourists should fly into Verona airport as it is the closest. Flights operate 5 days a week from Dublin during the summer season, with the estimated travel time being 2 hours and 40 minutes. From the airport it takes roughly 40 minutes to get to Sirmione.
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There are several bars in Sirmione to enjoy a casual drink in the evening. If partying until the early hours of the morning is more your idea of a night out, we recommend travelling to nearby Bardolino to enjoy one of the many nightclubs the town has to offer.
There are countless restaurants serving authentic Italian cuisine, as well as a couple of sushi restaurants for fans of Asian food.
A great day out for the family is a day trip to the amazing Gardaland theme park. Here, there are countless attractions for both kids and adults to enjoy. With rollercoasters and a Legoland Waterpark, endless fun is guaranteed!
Jamaica beach, named for it’s Caribbean-like waters, is a scenic beach where visitors can relax, sunbathe, and swim in the famous Lake Garda! It is known for its white stone slabs instead of sand, making it truly unique.
There are many stores dotted around Sirmione selling authentic Italian, arts, crafts and other various goods, so there are plenty of opportunities to find the perfect souvenir.
The Festival of the Lake is held annually across all the towns in Lake Garda at the end of July. During this festival you will find street performances, orchestras, and many food and wine stalls around Sirmione.
The best time to visit Sirmione is during the summer season. The months of June, July and August see temperatures averaging in the high twenties, and there are plenty of festivals and events taking place in Sirmione and the surrounding areas during this time.
Euro is the currency used in Italy.
Sirmione is an hour ahead of Ireland (GMT +1).
There is a great ferry service connecting the town to a lot of the other resorts in Lake Garda. Car hire is also a popular option for tourists who want to explore more of the region.