For the sake of keeping this post short and sweet, I divided my day trip to Lake Garda and Verona into two separate posts. Although it is feasible to visit both in a day, I wouldn’t recommend it! Instead, I would suggest making two separate trips in order to get a really good feel for each city. We knew we’d be squeezing a lot into a very short period of time, but we were determined to see as much of Northern Italy as possible!
For now, lets talk about Lake Garda! My mom had heard a lot of great things about a little town on the lake called Sirmione. So, we decided to make our way over and see if it lived up to all the lovely things people were saying about it and I must say, it really did!
GETTING THERE AND AROUND
You can take a train from Milano Centrale to Desenzano (photo 1), which is another small town on Lake Garda. Obviously, we didn’t have much time to spare so we didn’t get to see much of Desenzano but from what I did see, it’s well worth exploring! Once you’ve had a look around Desenzano, you can then take a 15 min ferry to Sirmione.
WHAT TO DO
Aside from lounging by the turquoise water (which is what most people seemed to be doing) there are a bunch of fun things to do in Sirmione! You can visit Scaliger Castle (photo 3), take a “passeggiata” along the water (photos 4,5,6,7), visit the Grottoes of Cattalus (which I would highly recommend!), shop around the old town, the list goes on.
If you only have a little time, I would suggest taking a stroll along the water and making your way to the grottoes of Cattalus (photos 8,9,10,11,12). Even if history isn’t your thing, I can assure you that these Roman ruins will impress you! Plus, you’ll get a spectacular view of the lake down below.
WHERE TO EAT
There are plenty of cute restaurants by the lake where you can grab a quick bite to eat but, seeing as we were a little pressed for time, we settled on gelato by the pier for lunch (because we were on vacation and pistacchio gelato on a hot spring day is a necessity!)
I’d love to spend more time in Lake Garda! Let me know if you’ve been and if you have any recommendations ; )