Lake Garda Day-Trip Tour from Milan
Lake Garda – The Biggest Italian Lake, 2hr distance from Milan. Discover its warm charm, elegance and infinite landscapes.
The centre of Sirmione is defended by the Scaligera Fortress, strategically positioned on the only point of access by land. You will be able to visit the Castle, one of the most complete e best preserved fortifications in Italy. The Fortress is surrounded by water and you can access the main tower through the drawbridge and climb to the top with a146 step stairway. Once you reached the top of the tower you can walk where wardens once stayed and admire the suggestive dockyard, ancient refuge of the Scaligera fleet. The village is also famous for its thermal water of Sirmione, with meteoric origins. It comes from Baldo Mountain (800 meters above the sea) and goes down to 2’100 meters below the sea level, where it gets rich in minerals and increases its temperature up to 69 Celsius degrees (156 F).
Grottoes of Catullus
After this first site, in a 15 min walk you can reach the Grottoes of Catullus, the ruins of a big roman-age villa on the south coast of Garda Lake, probably owned by the Latin poet Caio Valerio Catullus. They cover more than 5 acres, are situated in a splendid and scenic location within the area of an archaeological park, just after the Antiquarium, where the finds of the original villa are placed. After that, you can have some free time for a lunch break in one of the nice local restaurants in Sirmione
Sanctuary of Madonna della Corona
The next step, after lunch, together with your driver you will proceed to the Sanctuary of Madonna della Corona, a place of silence and meditation, in the heart of the Baldo rocks, overhanging on the Adige River which runs 770 meters down in the valley. Completely carved in the Mountains of the Adige Valley, the Sanctuary takes its name by the crowned shape of the mountains surrounding it.
You can either reach the Shrine by 1540 steps stone stairway or by a local shuttle service. The Pilgrim’s path, goes deep in the woods and crosses a striking cave and suddenly opens up to the valley landscape, before turning again to the inside of the mountain, unveiling huge vertical rock walls, deep gorges and, at the end, the sanctuary.
After the visit, your driver will then drive you back to your hotel in Milan.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Your hotel in Milan area (different location may be agreed)|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Suggested departure from 8:00am to 9:30am|
You can customize your tour according to your needs and preferences, our staff would be happy to inform you about different options, alternative routes and site. We provide a wide range of tours in the Lake District.
Please note that the Scaligera Fortress the The Catullo’s Grottoes are open to public every day, excluding Mondays.
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