Sirmione: Pearl of Lake Garda

Orna O'Reilly: Travelling Italy

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Imagine driving down along a narrow peninsula in brilliant sunshine with azure blue water on either side, finally arriving at a castle on a little island cut off from the mainland by a moat.  You have arrived in Sirmione, the Pearl of Lake Garda. Let’s park the car and take a look around.

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First of all, let me tell you a bit about Sirmione. It is on Lake Garda and located in the province of Lombardy in Northern Italy. Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy and is bounded by three provinces: Lombardy to the west, Veneto to the east and Trentino-Alto Adige to the north.

I’m feeling nostalgic as I cross the moat. I haven’t been here since 2007 when I visited for the last time with my parents, now deceased. “We don’t do hills any more” my mother announced as she crossed her eightieth birthday. I travelled…

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8 thoughts on “Sirmione: Pearl of Lake Garda

  1. Lovely reading Orna. What beautiful memories you have of holidays with your parents. My love affair with Italy began after losing my brother and has become one of the greatest adventures of my lifetime! In the product development stage of building an accessories brand and am working with a wonderful team in Puglia. I wan’t to explore every bit of the place and Sirmione is definitely on my list after reading this!

  2. I have traveled 2 times to north of Italy but missed this gorgeous place. The 3rd time will certainly be on the list.
    I also loved Lake Como, so close to Milan, it’s such a beautiful lake also. Have you seen it?

    Hugs from Romania

  3. Yes, Sirmione is a special place. I absolutely love it. Lake Como is absolutely gorgeous too, but completely different. Hard to put into words, you need to see both of them in order to compare. 🙂

  4. Hi Orna – Will be returning to Italy this summer with family and friends, including a brief stay on Lake Garda (Salò). We’ll be sure to make Sirmione a “lunch stop” while we’re there!

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