Christmas in Milan

Christmas in Milan

Christmas in Milan

In Milan, the lights are ready to be switched on and in many parts of the city preparations are underway for the start of the pre-Christmas festivities. With a special time travel through the atmospheres of Christmas in Milan, this magical moment of the year, we will take you to the most interesting corners of the Milanese capital and the really not to be missed events.


The Finnish market

Towards the end of November, in Via dei Marchi, the stalls with handicrafts and culinary specialties of the Finnish tradition and, next to them, the stalls of the German market will again brighten up the Christmas spirit. In the afternoon, children can listen to the story of Santa’s dwarves and participate in Christmas card-making workshops.


The artisan fair

The Artisan Fair, held at the end of November/mid-December in the exhibition halls in Rho, lasts nine days to buy handicraft products, taste the food of many different countries and take a real trip around the world between fascinating cultures and traditions.

An unmissable event for those who want to think in advance about Christmas gifts, focusing on originality. Surround the many products offered, musical events, dance performances and cooking classes.

Image above, Christmas and New Year decoration of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (1877) – one of the oldest shopping centers in the world. (photo ©
Milan Cathedral, Christmas in Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Milan Cathedral with Christmas tree, Italy (photo ©

The “Oh bej Oh bej” fair

The tradition of the time of Christmas in Milan wants this fair or market to accompany the feast of the patron saint of the city. Around the Castello Sforzesco, numerous stalls, divided into sections according to the area of origin, display all kinds of goods, including food, sweets and many handicrafts typical of the vendors’ countries of origin. Astonishment both among the visitors and the children who in 1510 welcomed Giannetto Castiglioni, sent by Pope Pius IV to rekindle the enthusiasm of the faithful. “O Bej, O Bej” exclaimed the little Milanese of that time at the sight of the gifts brought to them in the city.

The markets around the cathedral have less dated origins, but help to brighten the climate of the city center. Every year, the wooden stands will start selling their products from December 8 to remain operational for all the Christmas holidays.

Castello. Sforzesco, Lombardy, Milan, Italy
Balloons with the Sforzesco Castle in the background on a sunny winter day for the “Oh bej! Oh bej!” Fair, Milan, Italy (photo © Murphy1975 /


Christmas trees

Exceptional Christmas trees complete this magical atmosphere: for example, the large tree in Piazza Duomo lights up to illuminate everything that surrounds it with its decorations and lights. The tree in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, the one in Piazza Della Scala and the one in Piazza Duca d’Aosta will accompany him.


Christmas in Milan – Culinary traditions

We can only conclude this overview of Milanese traditions by mentioning its most typical dishes: Legend has it that panettone, the most famous Italian Christmas dessert, was born in Milan by a careless boy from the scullery in the service of Ludovico il Moro, whose name has survived through the centuries. The “Pan de Toni” has been produced and consumed throughout Italy for centuries, but tasting and buying it in the most prestigious confectioneries of the native city has a completely different flavor.

In this context, I suggest you make a trip to the refined pastry shop “Cova”, a kind of temple of panettone from the 1930s, where the exquisite dessert is sold in a really elegant package, or at “Bianco Latte”, a warm and welcoming place. where a thousand delicacies are made, including the panettone, prepared according to tradition or in other, even more delicious variations, or at the Martesana pastry shop, characterized by a modern style and a pastry shop of excellent quality, where the motto “with the hands, with time, with the heart” reinterprets the traditional dessert and proposes it anew in infinite flavors.

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The waterway of the Naviglio Grande canal in Milan (Italy) with Christmas lights. This district is famous for its restaurants, cafes, pubs and nightlife. (photo ©

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11 enchanting places on Lake Como

11 enchanting places on Lake Como

The main municipality around Lake Como is Como, the city that gives its name to the lake, with its important landmarks, beguiling old town and interesting perspectives. A trip by boats and hydrofoils are a phenomenal opportunity to appreciate the city and fully appreciate the beauty of the landscape. However, there is no better way to see a more comprehensive representation of the city than that by funicular.

From Como to Brunate. Here you will find the most beautiful sights that you can see on Lake Como. A trip to Lake Como in the Lombardy Region is a must for lovers of nature and the magnificent buildings of the past. They are splendid cities that rise on its shores, all rich in an artistic, cultural, historical and scenic heritage, worthy of the beautiful country of Italythat is not called the “bel paese” for nothing.

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Lago di Como, Lombardy, Italy. (photo ©

1. the Como Cathedral

Como Cathedral, perhaps the most charming landmark of northern Italy, is an amazing and extraordinary building, begun in 1396 and completed in 1740 with the raising of the vault by Filippo Juvara, builder of the King of Sardinia.

The building in Como, built to replace the Romanesque church of Santa Maria (1015) and introducing various stylistic elements (Gothic facade, side walls and Renaissance side doors), offers a friendly and surprisingly uniform whole.

The floating facade with towers and zeniths is rich in sculptural improvements, generally carried out by the workshop of Giovanni Rodari, to whom we owe in particular the two aedicules dedicated to the Latin authors Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger, and the embellishments of the three gates, the left one of which is called “della Rana”, in view of a frog depicted on the pilaster segment of the entrance, which, jumping out of a lake, scales the foliage to amaze a butterfly.

Como Cathedral, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy
Aerial view of Como Cathedral the city cathedral, near Lake Como in Lombardy, Italy. (photo ©

2. palazzo del Broletto

Right next to the cathedral is another building of great historical and cultural interest. We are talking about the Broletto, also known as Palazzo della Ragione. The town’s meetings were held here, including those of the merchant society, and, above all, justice was administered here.

The adjacent bell tower was used to convene the various meetings, while the proximity to the cathedral symbolized the bond between civil and religious power. However, the former gets the short end of the stick compared to the latter. When the construction of the “new” cathedral was commissioned in 1396, the Broletto was reduced in size, although it continued to perform its civic function until 1764.

Church of Santa Maria Assunta, Broletto Town Hall, Como, Lombardy, Italy
Church of Santa Maria Assunta and the old town hall Broletto, Como, Lombardy, Italy. (photo © Claudio Divizia /

3. volta temple

A mausoleum donated to the city by the industrialist Francesco Somaini, who chose the architect Federico Frigerio as designer. The latter designed a neoclassical style temple, clearly inspired by the Pantheon in Rome with the aim of making it a municipal museum to house the original models, reconstructions of scientific works and other memorabilia of the scientist from Como.

Tempio Voltiano, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy
Aerial drone shot of the famous landmark Tempio Voltiano in Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy. (photo ©

4. cernobbio

At the beginning we mentioned how Lake Como is appreciated by the international scene and jet set. From this point of view, Cernobbio is one of the most exclusive destinations in Italy, and not only that. The merit is, of course, the enchanting landscape in which the town is located at the foot of Monte Bisbino on the western shore of the lake.

Very special are also two historic buildings, namely the single-moored Villa Erba and the proud Villa d’Este. Both are now used for ceremonies, banquets and conference tourism. Villa d’Este, for example, hosts the annual Ambrosetti Forum, attended by ministers, heads of state, and the best in academia, especially in the field of business.

And that’s not all, because Cernobbio has long attracted many trekking enthusiasts. In fact, one of the most popular hiking trails in Italy begins here: it is called“La Via dei Monti Lariani” and winds for 100 km at an altitude between 600 and 1200 meters. In short, relatively easy (as long as you heed the usual warnings for trekking and hiking enthusiasts) and with countless breathtaking views in terms of scenic beauty.

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Cernobbio on Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy. (Photo ©

5. lenno

Lenno is another enchanting seaside resort, located in a suggestive bay called “Gulf of Venus” for its beauty, ending at the headland of Punta Balbianello, where the fantastic FAI villa of the same name stands. A leisurely stroll along Venus Bay to admire the beauty of the lake waters and a stop at Villa del Balbianello to see the beautiful gardens and luxurious interiors is a great idea for romantic couples looking for a breathtaking view.

Villa del Balbianello, Lavedo, Lenno, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy
Villa del Balbianello, Lavedo, Lenno, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy. (Photo ©

6. tremezzina on lake como

Tremezzina contains a number of places of unusual splendor and charm. After negotiating the twists and turns and bottlenecks of the Regina state road by car, when you emerge in the Tremezzina area, you are overwhelmed by the excellence of the residences, private and public accommodations and restaurants that leave the lake to the left. One is inclined to be transported by a time machine to a time when class, sophistication and serenity prevailed.

Another must-see stop in Tremezzina is currently Parco Olivelli, a jewel of design and organics whose amazing staircase and dramatic fountain was the catwalk for one of Dolce and Gabbana’s style shows. In Tremezzina, a visit to the gardens of Villa Carlotta is a must.

Villa Carlotta, Lake Como, Tremezzina, Lombardy, Italy.
Villa Carlotta, Lake Como, Tremezzina, Lombardy, Italy. (Photo ©

7. Varenna on Lake Como

Varenna is a delightful fishing village located a short drive from Lecco, offering visitors a maze of cobblestone streets and a wonderful “Love Walk” from the center to the pier.

This beautiful path, which partially floats above the cobblestones of the lake, offers a spectacular setting at any time of the year, an ideal place for romantic couples seeking tranquility and beauty. Another attraction not to be missed in Varenna is the beautiful Villa Monastero and its botanical garden, rich in rare plants and flowers.

Varenna old town with mountains in the background, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy
Varenna old town with the mountains in the background, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy. (photo ©

8. menaggio on lake como

It can be easily reached by boat from Varenna or Bellagio. Among flowerbeds, palm trees and wrought iron balustrades with delicate curls that offer views of the lake in a refined and tranquil setting, you can certainly catch a glimpse of the elegant lakefront that Menaggio offers.

Inside there are churches and villas, like Villa Mylius Vigoni, surrounded by an English garden. For those who like walking, in this charming town you can take the ancient Strada Regina up to La Crocetta, a panoramic point 500 meters above sea level, from which you can enjoy an enchanting view of Lake Como.

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Menaggio beach promenade, Lago di Como, Lombardy, Italy. (Photo ©

9. lecco

It is the town that gives its name to the eastern arm of Lake Como and here everything reminds of the famous Alessandro Manzoni and his novel I Promessi Sposi (The Betrothed), which he wrote inspired by these places.

There are many important monuments in Lecco, including the Basilica of San Nicolò with its bell tower, the symbol of the city called “Il Matitone”, the Palazzo delle Paure, Villa Manzoni, which was the paternal residence of the writer and which is now a museum about Manzoni, the church of Saints Vitale and Valeria as the parish of Don Abbondio.

Very curious is also the presumed house of Lucia Mondella, located in via Caldone at number 19, while in via Resegone, from the courtyard of an old trattoria, you can clearly see the hill of the palace of Don Rodrigo. Finally, the Azzone-Visconti Bridge, built in the Renaissance, served to connect Lecco with the Duchy of Milan and is still the access to the city for those coming from Milan or Como.

Lago di Como, Lake Como, City of Lecco, Lombardy, Italy
Lago di Como. Evening aerial panorama at sunset over Lake Como of the city of Lecco, Lombardy, Italy. (photo ©

10. brunate

Brunate is easily reached by the Como funicular, a real attraction originally intended for the rich Milanese bourgeoisie who owned the prestigious villas in this village almost 800 meters above sea level.

Over the years, the destination has become increasingly international and today tourists from all over the world use this mode of transport. “The Balcony of the Alps” is the name of Brunate, known for its Art Nouveau villas, all of which can be admired along a footpath that offers spectacular views of the Western Alps. In Brunate there is also the Faro di Volta (Volta Lighthouse) named after Alessandro Volta.

Faro Voltiano, Brunate, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy
Aerial view of Voltiano lighthouse of Brunate and Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy. (Photo ©

11 Laglio

The village of Laglio has only 905 inhabitants and the famous actor George Clooney bought a villa there. Laglio is located on the western shore of the lake and is directly on the route of the ancient Roman road Via Regina, which connected Como with Chiavenna. A must-see in Laglio: the church of San Giorgio and Villa Oleandra, built in the 18th century and now Clooney’s summer home.

The whole town is ideal for walks thanks to the lake and the surrounding hills with vineyards and olive groves that offer an impressive panorama. In addition, the area of Monte di Torriggia is ideal for birdwatchers. Here you can admire hawks and migratory birds that migrate in flocks to Switzerland and northern Europe.

Villa Oleandra, Laglio, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy
Villa Oleandra, Laglio on Lake Como in Lombardy, Italy. (Photo ©

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Lake Garda, vacation on the largest lake in Italy

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A tour to discover the most atmospheric places that should not be missing in your itinerary on Lake Garda.

Rich in a thousand years of history that began in the distant Middle Paleolithic and cradle of ancient peoples such as the Romans and Lombards, Lake Garda, with its picturesque villages, beautiful villas and enchanting castles, is the perfect destination for those seeking a vacation among fairytale villages, small streets and unforgettable views.

Lake Garda (Italian: Lago di Garda), also called Benaco, is the largest lake in Italy with an area of 370 square kilometers. Due to its enormous size, it is divided between the Province of Trento in Trentino-Alto Adige, the Province of Brescia in Lombardy and the Province of Verona in Veneto.

It is visited by millions of tourists every year and is considered one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy. Exceptional is the variety of landscapes that make this lake the perfect destination both in summer and winter with its high snow-capped mountains, rolling hills, small islands and clear beaches that offer a different but always impressive sight throughout the year.

Riva del Garda, Lake Garda, Trentino, Italy

Panoramic view of the beautiful Lake Garda in autumn. Riva del Garda, Lake Garda, Trentino South Tyrol, Italy. (photo ©

Hundreds of villages are able to make your stay on the lake unique and in the first place, on the Lombard shore, we find Sirmione, considered one of the jewels of Lake Garda. With its magical atmosphere, which in history has attracted writers and poets such as Catullus and Joyce, Sirmione is one of the most exciting destinations to be found on Lake Garda.

This small village owes its uniqueness mainly to the famous Scaliger Castle, located on the outskirts of the town, which can be reached only through the drawbridge of this impressive fortress founded on the water.
The castle of Sirmione, built around 1250 A.D. by Mastino I Della Scala, is one of the best preserved castles in Italy and can be visited today in its entirety.
Inside you can visit many rooms, see the two crenellated towers overlooking Lake Garda and climb the 146 steps that lead to the footbridges from which you can admire the surrounding landscape.
Like all medieval castles, the castle of Sirmione is surrounded by macabre legends that tell of ancient murders and restless spirits that roam its corridors on stormy nights.

Another famous attraction in Sirmione that will delight all lovers of history are the Caves of Catullus. Surrounded by olive trees and nestled in a wild nature near the lake, the “Grotte di Catullo” are the remains of an ancient Roman villa from the first century AD, which according to tradition was owned by the family of the famous Veronese poet Catullus.

The villa, which covers more than two hectares and was once built on three floors, is now open to the public. Inside you can visit the ancient ruins, a vast olive grove with more than 1,500 olive trees and a museum that collects archaeological findings from the areas of the lake from prehistoric to Roman times.

World famous for its wonderful thermal waters are also the Terme di Sirmione, whose discovery by Procopio dates back to 1889. Characterized by mineral water that is considered bacteriologically pure, these spas are the perfect destination for those seeking relaxation and wellness.

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Rocca Scaligera Castle in Sirmione, Lake Garda, Italy. (photo ©

Also in Lombardy is Limone sul Garda, a small town known for its citrus groves on panoramic terraces that surround the entire town.

The most famous is the Limonaia Castel, where lemons, grapefruits, tangerines and citrons grow abundantly thanks to the microclimate of the lake.

Sports enthusiasts in Limone sul Garda should not miss the panoramic bike path, a route built high above the lake that will captivate you with its breathtaking views.

Near Limone sul Garda lies Tremosine, a group of small hamlets built on a plateau and known for their picturesque streets and spectacular terraces, such as the Strada della Forra, which was carved into the rock of the mountain, and the Terrazza del Brividowhich overlooks the lake.

Going up the eastern shore of the lake, you come to Salò, known for its historical importance during the events of World War II. A must-see is the Salò Cathedral, built in 1453 in late Gothic style and rich in priceless works of art by Paolo Veneziano and Moretto. The lake promenade, the longest on Lake Garda, also offers a postcard-perfect backdrop.

Just a few kilometers from Salò is Gardone Riviera with the Vittoriale degli Italiani. The burial place of Gabriele D’Annunzio, this huge villa was commissioned by the poet to the architect Giancarlo Maroni, who worked on the construction for almost 15 years and completed the work in 1938.

This “little citadel” houses the Prioria, a house-museum with richly decorated rooms and dozens of extravagant objects, a large park with fountains, statues and ponds, various museums, an amphitheater and an auditorium that can hold more than 200 people. Among the most evocative places to visit in the Vittoriale are the Nave Puglia, the mausoleum where the remains of the poet are kept, and the Museo D’Annunzio Segreto, where all the memorabilia of the Vate’s life are collected.

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Isola del Garda Borghese, Lake Garda, Italy. (photo ©

On the shore of Trentino, in a fjord surrounded by the Alps, Riva del Garda is the most picturesque and much visited town. The historic center is a must-see, climbing up the hill in narrow, characteristic streets that lead to Piazza 3 Novembre, the heart of the city. Within this square overlooking the lake is the Apponale Tower, which dates back to 1220 A.D. and can be entered with a ticket that allows you to climb the many steps to the top, from where you can admire the whole city from above.

Another destination near Riva del Garda is the medieval town of Arco, with its castle perched on the rock, considered one of the most beautiful in the Alps, and its botanical garden, commissioned by Archduke Albert of Habsburg and rich in rare plants.
Still in Trentino, between Lake Garda and Lake Tenno, lies Canale di Tenno, one of the oldest and best preserved medieval villages in Italy, with its unmissable views and steep streets full of history and traditions.

On the Venetian shore lies Malcesine, the pearl of Lake Garda. This small village with its colorful houses and medieval castle is the starting point of the cable car that takes you to Monte Baldo, the highest peak of Lake Garda, which offers the best view of the entire lake and from which many trails lead for hiking enthusiasts.
Still in the Veneto region, not far from Malcesine, is Cassone with the Aril River, which at 175 meters is the shortest river in the world.

To be visited at sunset and considered the most romantic place on the lake, Punta San Virgilio was the heart place of writers like Goethe and never ceases to amaze with its delicate landscape of cypresses and old lemon houses.
It also houses one of the oldest inns in Italy, which has hosted countless illustrious personalities over the centuries, and has one of the most famous beaches on the lake: the Baia delle Sirene.

If you are passionate about viticulture, Lazise and Bardolino are the perfect destinations for you. Villages famous for the production of fine wines such as Bardolino and Chiaretto, here you can visit vineyards, wine cellars and participate in various tastings.

The town is also home to the Wine Museum, which tells the story of wine production with ancient and modern exhibits and comprehensive explanatory panels. Lazise is also very popular with young and old because of its numerous amusement parks which are located in the surroundings of this beautiful Lake Garda resort.


Limone sul Garda, Lake Garda, Italy

Limone sul Garda, Lake Garda, Lombardy, Italy. (photo ©

Malcesine, Lake Garda, Lombardy, Italy, golf tournaments on Lake Garda.

Malcesine, Lake Garda, Veneto, Italy. (photo © xbrchx /

Part of the immense landscape of Lake Garda is also the Isola del Garda, the largest of the five islands of the lake. 200 meters from the coast and accessible only by boat, on this island you can visit Villa Ferrari, the hermitage of St. Francis of Assisi and dozens of Roman remains such as tombstones and temple ruins scattered throughout the area.

If you are near Torbole, you can’t miss a visit to the Marmitte dei Giganti: huge holes dug in the mountain by the melting of the glaciers more than 130,000 years ago, more than 5 meters wide and about 12 meters deep. Visiting this place really means witnessing the wonderful feats of nature.

Other very worth seeing places on Lake Garda are San Felice del Benaco on the western shore of Lake Garda, Peschiera del Garda on the southern shore of Lake Garda and also Desenzano sul Garda, as well as Torri del Benaco, Gargnano, Brenzone, Manerba del Garda, Moniga del Garda, Tignale and the town of Garda which gave its name to Lago di Garda.

Not only villages and castles, but also the traditional cuisine of Lake Garda is full of delicious dishes to try. Typical are, of course, the dishes based on fish from the lake, such as bigoli con le sarde, a typical dish of fresh egg pasta, sisàm, a sweet and sour mixture of dried buttonholes and white onions, and risotto with tench fried and beaten in butter.

The menu also includes meat dishes such as lesso con pearà (boiled meat with pearà), prepared with beef and pork and served with a breadcrumb sauce, polenta and mortadèla and canederli in meat broth, bread balls filled with eggs and meat.

Lake Garda, thanks to the varied nature of its territory, is also the perfect destination for all sports enthusiasts. From sailing to windsurfing, from climbing to trekking, from cycling to paragliding a round of golf on one of the numerous, beautiful Golf courses on Lake Garda – the Benaco is considered the Mecca of outdoor sports and here there are a thousand ways to go, walls to climb and waves to plow through.

Many and many more are the surprises that this wonderful land has to offer its visitors and if you are looking for a place for your next vacation, do not hesitate to discover Lake Garda, which I am sure will remain forever in your heart.


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Lake Garda Island, Isola Borghese Cavazza

Lake Garda Island, Isola Borghese Cavazza

Lake Garda Island, also known as Borghese Cavazza Island, is the largest of the five islands in the Lake Garda.

Isola del Garda is located about 200 meters from Capo San Fermo, a promontory that separates the Gulf of Salò from the Baia del Smeraldo bay. The island has been inhabited since Roman times and was then known as Insula Cranie. It was for a long time a refuge for pirates who attacked the boats that sailed the routes of Lake Garda.

In the year 879 it was given to the friars of San Zeno from Verona given. The island hosted illustrious personalities, from St. Francis of Assisi to St. Anthony of Padua, Dante Alighieri and St. Bernardino of Siena. Over the years it became an important ecclesiastical center of meditation and housed a school of theology and philosophy until 1778.

After passing to the State, the property changed numerous owners over the years, around 1817 the Garda Island came into the possession of Count Luigi Lechi of Brescia and to later pass into the possession of Duke Gaetano de Ferrari of Genoa, who made important architectural changes. In 1927 the island was inherited by the family of the Counts Cavazza, who still live there and take care of the park and the preservation of the palace, which since 2002 is also open to the public.

Villa De Ferrari was built between 1894 and 1901 at the behest of the Duke of Genoa Raffaele De Ferrari on Isola di Garda, the largest island in the lake, on pre-existing buildings (the island was in fact inhabited since pre-Roman times). The villa was inspired by the residences in the Venetian lagoon and is the only present example of neo-Gothic architecture on the Lake Garda in this style.

The park, which is located next to the building, consists of small bridges, canals and artificial caves and ancient settlements. Lake Garda Island Borghese Cavazza officially belongs also to the Club Grandi Giardini Italiani.

Isola Borghese Cavazza, Lake Garda, Lombardy, Italy

Lake Garda Island – Isola del Garda with Villa De Ferrari – Borghese Cavazza. Lake Garda, Lombardy, Italy. (photo ©

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Sirmione on Lake Garda, Lombardy

Sirmione on Lake Garda, Lombardy

Sirmione, one of the most beautiful towns of Lombardy is located on a narrow peninsula of the lower Lake Garda.

The beautiful Sirmione is located on the southern shore of Lake Garda, in the province of Brescia, on the border with the province of Verona and Veneto. The town is located just over 100 km from Milan and is easily accessible via the E70 freeway (A4).

The Romans and Greeks already knew Sirmione and in particular the Via Gallica passed precisely through the isthmus of the so-called Sirmio. The Roman poet Gaius Quintus Valerius Catullus dedicated a passionate poem to it and the Roman villa of Sirmione, which occupies one of the most beautiful shores of Lake Garda, is traditionally considered the property of the poet.

Discover the attractions of Sirmione!

What are the most beautiful sights to see in Sirmione? Below we have selected the main attractions that you can discover in one of the most beautiful places on Lake Garda.

The beaches of Sirmione

The so-called Jamaica Beach is one of the most famous beaches of Sirmione, where you almost feel like you are on the sea. Other beaches worth visiting are Spiaggia delle Muse, just below the castle and the exclusive Lido delle Bionde, Santa Maria di Lugana and Spiaggia Brema, while Spiaggia Galeazzi is a paradise for sports enthusiasts where you can rent windsurfs, pedal boats and canoes.

The caves of Catullus

The Grotto of Catullus is a Roman villa, the oldest part of which dates back to the first century AD. Before the excavation of this huge archaeological complex, the ruins of the villa, covered by dense vegetation, appeared in the form of caves, which according to an ancient tradition are attributed to the Roman poet Gaius Quintus Valerius Catullus.

The caves can be reached on foot from the historic center, walking along Via Caio Valerio Catullo. Visit the museum, the cryptoporticus, the swimming pool, the cistern and the olive grove before going to the Aula dei Giganti and the great Pilone, the two best preserved areas of the entire complex.

Jamaica Beach, Sirmione, Lake Garda, Lombardy, Italy

The beach Jamaica Beach in Sirmione on Lake Garda, Lombardy, Italy.

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Grotte di Catullo, Sirmione, Lake Garda, Lombardy, Italy

Grotte di Catullo at the end of the peninsula of Sirmione on Lake Garda, Lombardy, Italy.

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The Castello Scaligero

The Scaliger Castle is one of the best preserved fortified buildings in Italy. Built around the middle of the 13th century during the time of the Scaligeri, a dynasty that ruled for 125 years the City of Verona ruled, it is surrounded on all four sides by the waters of the lake. On the castle tower you can enjoy a spectacular view of Lake Garda.

The Grottoes of Catullus
The Grotto of Catullus is a Roman villa, the oldest part of which dates back to the first century AD. Before the excavation of this huge archaeological complex, the ruins of the villa, covered by dense vegetation, appeared in the form of caves, which according to an ancient tradition are attributed to Gaius Valerius Catullus. The caves can be reached on foot from the historic center of Sirmione, walking along Via Caio Valerio Catullo.

Visit the museum, the cryptoporticus, the swimming pool, the cistern and the olive grove before going to the Aula dei Giganti and the great Pilone, the two best preserved areas of the entire complex.

The Callas Palace

The beautiful lemon yellow villa that looks out between the dark green trees of Via Catullo in the heart of the peninsula was for years the summer residence of Maria Callas’ husband and here the singer stayed whenever she had the opportunity, away from the limelight and close to Verona, with the famous Arena.

Castello Scaligero, Sirmione, Lake Garda, Lombardy, Italy

The Castello Scaligero at the entrance to the town of Sirmione on Lake Garda, Lombardy, Italy.

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Palazzo Callas, Sirmione, Lake Garda, Lombardy, Italy

The Palazzo Callas in Sirmione, Lake Garda, Lombardy, Italy.

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The Isola Borghese Cavazza and the Isola San Biagio

The island of Lake Garda, Isola del Garda or Isola Borhese Cavazza on the other hand, is a beautiful private island. You can visit this island and admire the English and Italian gardens and three of the rooms inside the magnificent neo-Gothic Venetian style villa on the island.

The island of San Biagio or Isola dei Conigli, also called “Island of the Rabbits” because of the many rabbits that live there, is a small island with lush vegetation.

Isola Borghese Cavazza, Lake Garda, Lombardy, Italy

The private island Isola Borghese Cavazza with the neo-Gothic villa can be visited. Lake Garda, Lombardy, Italy. (Photo ©

Isola San Biagio, Isola dei Conigli, Lake Garda, Lombardy, Italy

Isola San Biagio also called Isola dei Conigli is located near Sirmione, Lake Garda, Lombardy, Italy. (Photo ©

Lake Garda

Golf clubs, top hotels, sights and the best restaurants

for your golf vacation on Lake Garda, Italy.

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