A Travel in Sirmione
Only few minutes far away from Manerba is Sirmione, a fascinating peninsula located on the southern shore of the Lake. "It is wrapped in a luminous atmosphere, between the blue of the waters and the green of the olive trees ", with picturesque streets full of elegant shops.
The main attraction in Sirmione is the castle “Castello Scaligero” completely surrounded by water, a rare example of Roman and Mediaeval architecture, drawbridges and embattlements. At the top end of the peninsula, the ruins of one of the largest and most famous Roman villas called “GROTTE DI CATULLO”can be admired from the lake.The famous poet Caio Valerio Catullo, who lived in Sirmione during the first century B.C.,said that Sirmione is the "pearl of all islands and peninsulas".
Already during Roman times Sirmione was popular as a health resort. Nowadays It has two ultra-modern spa centers, Terme Virgilio and Terme Catullo, and one modern, functional Thermal Wellness Centre Aquaria, open to the public all year round.