Lake Garda | Bike Riding & Family Fun in Sirmione
If you only have a few days to visit Lake Garda, then why not try one of Italy’s hidden gems at Sirmione….Located on the southern bank of Lake Garda it has something for every family from thermal baths to Rocca Scaligera, a medieval castle overlooking the lake. There is even a Roman Villa and beach at the end of the peninsular. Alternatively we also enjoyed spectacular views on Lake Garda on the bike path from our 5 star family campsite, Piani Di Clodia.
As all families probably discover here at Lake Garda, there’s so much choice!! Some will prefer to head for family attractions/theme parks like GardaLand or Movieland… others will prefer to head for the climbing & watersports in the north… It’s easy to get lost in the amount to do around the 50 mile long Lake Garda but this article might help give you a flavour of what can be found here (click here)
You couldn’t visit Lake Garda without a boat trip…. so the choices begin again!!! You can choose between standard ferries, historic paddle steamers, high-speed catamarans or hydrofoils. Most of the boats carry passengers only, but there are some car ferries, from Riva to Desenzano, Limone to Malcesine and Maderno to Torri del Benaco… or you could even find one of the smaller boats that offer ‘jazz sunset cruises’!!!
Strolling the narrow, cobbled streets you cross the drawbridge to enter the old town beyond. From its walls there are lovely views across red-roofed buildings towards the trees hiding the ruins of a huge villa that belonged to 1st century BC Roman poet Catullus. Part of the complex included baths benefitting from the thermal waters, and the town still has a spa today on the opposite side of the promontory. Whilst nearby is the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore with its 15th-century frescoes, and the surrounding narrow, cobbled streets are home to stone buildings
It’s a truly beautiful part of Italy and offered us a great opportunity to spend time together on our bikes as a family…. and as for those gelato!!!! Just Delicious!!!