Lake Garda – The Biggest Italian Lake, 2hr distance from Milan. Discover its warm charm, elegance and infinite landscapes.
Your private tour will begin with your private driver collecting you from your hotel in Milan (or another custom location in the area) with a luxury sedan or minivan, you will reach Sirmione del Garda, our first stop. The name Sirmione comes from “syrma” that means “tail” or “train”. It is located on a narrow, 4 km long peninsula, at the south of Lake Garda. Its natural beauty has been admired and celebrated since the ancient times. Here you can visit the impressive ruins at “the Grottoes of Catullus“, and the Scaligera Fortress.
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).
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.
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.
Your hotel in Milan area (different location may be agreed)
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 sites.
Your private driver will welcome you at your hotel in Milan.
Known since Roman times for its thermal water, today it houses an internationally renowned spa as well as offering a rich historical and artistic heritage, which includes the remains of an ancient Roman-age villa known as the Grotte di Catullo, Rocca Scaligera and the church of San Pietro, built in the 8th Century.
The Sanctuary is perched on the cliffs of a mountain, overlooking Adige river. It is a place of meditation and takes its name by the crowned shape of the mountains surrounding it.
Peschiera del Garda, when Lombardy-Venetia was under Austrian rule, was the northwest anchor of the four fortified towns constituting the Quadrilatero. The fortress is still visible now on an island in the river Mincio at its outlet from Lake Garda.
The town is encircled by massive Venetian defensive systems that are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In about 2h30m you will reach back your hotel in Milan.