Grottoes of Catullus

Grottoes of Catullus: Our most recommended tours and activities

Sirmione: 25 Minute Boat Cruise around the Peninsula

1. Sirmione: 25 Minute Boat Cruise around the Peninsula

The cruise departs from the small harbor in front of Sirmione Castle. Once aboard, set sail on this 25 minute sightseeing cruise and see Sirmione from a new perspective. Highlights of the tour include Maria Callas Villa, Aquaria beauty center, and the Grotte di Catullo, home to the largest Roman ruins in the north of Italy. Finally, cruise by Sirmione’s sulfur spring and watch the thermal waters bubbling up to the surface. As you head back to port, soak up stunning views of Scaligero Castle before disembarking the boat.

Lake Garda: Historic Castle Cruise with Wine Tasting

2. Lake Garda: Historic Castle Cruise with Wine Tasting

Discover the charm of Lake Garda on a half-day speedboat tour, where you will see the various castles and villas, enjoy a regional wine tasting, and get a chance to swim in its refreshing waters. Start your cruise from Sirmione’s harbor, located next to the Scaligero Castle of Sirmione, offering a perfect postcard view as you start your lake cruise.  Continue towards the Lazise Castle, a medieval fortress with imposing towers and defense walls. Enjoy a wine tasting in Bardolino guided by a professional sommelier who will explain to you the unique characteristics of this regional wine.  Take a dive into the emerald lake waters to cool off and enjoy a relaxing break at the shores of Villa Canossa. Admire the timeless beauty of Torri del Benaco Scaligero Castle, a fortress of Roman origins, before navigating back to the Port of Sirmione.

Sirmione: Scenic Afternoon Boat Cruise with Prosecco & Snack

3. Sirmione: Scenic Afternoon Boat Cruise with Prosecco & Snack

Depart from Sirmione Harbor, in front of the impressive Scaliger Castle and set sail onto the glistening waters of Lake Garda. Pass by the pretty villa belonging to the famous opera singer Maria Callas then head to the end of the peninsula to a white rocky beach called Jamaica. Sail to the Rocca di Manerba next and onto the Island of Garda where you can admire the magnificent Isola Borghese. Learn about the rich-history of the villa, which boasts stunning Venetian Neo-Gothic architecture. Arrive at a private island next and cool off from the heat with a dip in the lake’s refreshing waters. Back on the boat, enjoy a tasty snack as you continue onto Salo for a one hour stop-over. Spend some time exploring this enchanting village and walk along its beautiful lakeside promenade. The tour then takes you to the famous Gardone village where you can enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and admire the array of historical buildings that surround the lake. On the return journey to Sirmione, cruise along the eastern coast of the lake and see the Boila sulfur springs. Finally, pass under the drawbridge at Scaliger Castle, the only pedestrian access to the peninsula.

Sirmione: 2-Hour Sightseeing Walking Tour

4. Sirmione: 2-Hour Sightseeing Walking Tour

Explore the city of Sirmione and the peninsula it sits on, which is crowned by an impressive castle dating back to the middle ages. What role did Rocca Scaligera play in the course of history? You will be able to take in the stunning scenery of Lake Garda. What interesting things does it have to offer? You won't want to miss the beautiful Castle of Sirmione when you visit. What makes it so unique and special? You will continue on your journey to visit the house of Maria Callas, the church of San Pietro in Mavino, the promenade along the lake, the source of the Bojola, and the church of Santa Maria. Your experienced, local guide will offer interesting facts with you and show you the sights that are a must-see while in Sirmione.

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What people are saying about Grottoes of Catullus

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 948 reviews

Easy to find and friendly welcome followed by a brilliant tour. We were at 5pm, the last one of the day, so our driver/captain took us all the way round to the other side of the castle!

Brilliant! A quick but lovely ride out on a smaller boat (where you don’t need to rush to get a good seat). It was great to have a view of Sirmione from a different angle.

This was a fantastic little cruise that was both informative and fun. Guide was great and my family says it was a highlight of the vacation!

A nice boat ride, gets you a taste of the experience on a rather tighter budget. I recomend doing it maybe after 4 pm

Really fun ride around the lake. Very good thing to do before tasting Gelato in Sirmione.