We are back in Italy now, and began yet another journey into the country with a short (but needed) vacation. It just so happens that it coincided with our wedding anniversary as well!
After landing in Milan (after 12 hours of sleepless overnight travel), we hopped into a car and headed over to Garda di Lago and Sirmione. Garda di Lago is one of the largest lakes in Italy, closely related to the famous Lake Como. Sirmione was a beautiful little lake town situated on an island in Garda di Lago.
It was surrounded by turquoise water and smelled like flower blossoms. It was seriously like someone dumped a helicopter full of perfume over the entire city. Add in the fact that we were in Italy so the food was delicious (think pesto, amazing wine, Fiorentine steaks, and delicious fresh raspberries) and you pretty much have an idea of why we had a wonderful time.
I loved Sirmione because it wasn’t too big and we were able to walk around the entire city without feeling really tired in the heat. There were panoramic views everywhere because we were surrounded by water. Beaches and small wading areas were scattered throughout the area. The medieval castle in the downtown area stuck out into the lake and was surrounded by a real moat. It was packed with Dutch and British families which was fun.
We took a nice little boat ride around the island to get a better view of the Roman ruins and thermal hot springs that bubble up to the surface of the water. We moseyed around, finding snacks, small beaches, and shady spots here and there to stop and enjoy. It was a nice little two day vacation. As a plus, our hotel had an outdoor pool for the kids to enjoy.
If you are ever in Italy and have a few days to kill, I highly suggest going off the beaten path. Every time we are amazed by the little gems we find and they have been some of our favorite vacations! Ask locals where to go or consult some trusted guide books 🙂