Sirmione, one of a kind town in the middle of the Lake
incredible view of the lake in front of Sirmione
Lake Garda and the Alps on the background
Sirmione, another view of the town and its fortress
Grottoes of Catullo ruins
Another view of the Grottoes of Catullo, with the ruins of the antique palace
The incredible view of the Sanctuary of Madonna della Corona
The Sanctuary, perched on the cliff of the mountain
in front of a 700 meters high valley
Another stunning view of the Sanctuary
Holy Mary Shrine
The 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, after a 2.5hr drive 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, on the south of Lake Garda. Its natural beauty has been admired and celebrated since ancient times. Her you can visit the impressive ruins at “the Grotteos 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 city is also famous for its thermal water of Sirmione, with meteoric origins. It comes from Baldo Mountain (800 meters high) 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 some free time in town, in a 15 min walk you can reach the Catullus’ Grottoes. The ‘Grottoes’ are the ruins of a big roman-age villa on the south coast of Garda Lake, probably owned by the Latin poet Caio Valerio Catullus. The Grottoes ruins, which cover more than 5 acres, are situated in a splendid and panoramic position within the area of an archaeological park, just after the Antiquarium, where the finds of the original villa are placed. The visit to the Grottos of Catullus has a deep value both for the archeological interest and for the beautiful panorama you can have from there.
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 lucnch, together with your driver you will proceed to the Sanctuary of Madonna della Corona, a place of silence and meditation, extended between heaven and earth, in the heart of the Baldo rocks, overhanging on the Adige River, that 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 great peaky stone 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: Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano and Lake Garda.
Please note that the Scaligera Fortress the The Catullo’s Grottoes are open to public every day, excluding Mondays.