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Sirmione: Peninsular and Lake Garda Boat Tour

1. Sirmione: Peninsular and Lake Garda Boat Tour

Your tour will depart from the Scaligero Castle’s port. From here you will start sailing along the peninsula’s coast, where you will be able to see Maria Callas’s 1920s villa where she felt inspired to create many of her opera characters. You will also be able to observe the nearby thermal spa baths as well as the Aquaria Wellness Center, before spotting the place where the famous poet Catullus wrote many of his poems. You will also cruise past and discover the charismatic Roman villa known as the “Grotte di Catullo“. Afterwards, you can simply just look through the waves to discover the bubbles of the underwater Boiola Sulphur Spring, which provides thermal water to Sirmione. Finally, after admiring the architecture and perfect preservation of Sirmione Castle, you will have to "lower your head" to pass under the castle drawbridge before returning back to the port.

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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.

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Sirmione: 25 Minute Boat Cruise around the Peninsula

3. 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.

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Sirmione: Scenic Afternoon Boat Cruise with Prosecco & Snack

4. 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.

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Sirmione: 2-Hour Sightseeing Walking Tour

5. Sirmione: 2-Hour Sightseeing Walking Tour

Get an insider’s view of Sirmione’s charming peninsula on a small-group 2-hour walking tour of the area, including Rocca Scaligero - an impressive 13th century castle. Begin your urban walking adventure by meeting your guide right before the Sirmione Bridge. Take in views of the bay, Lake Garda's turquoise waters, the stunning Sirmione Castle, and the Santa Maria Maggiore Church. Walk along the lake promenade, and see the Bojola source, the Church of San Pietro in Mavino, and the beautiful, yellow Villa of Maria Callas - the famous opera singer's home when she lived on Lake Garda in the 1950s. Learn historical facts of the area from your local guide and visit all the must-see locations of the peninsula.

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What people are saying about Grottoes of Catullus

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Instructions were clear on where to find the boatman. He was there preparing his boat 44mins before appointment time and when he saw us walking by looking at boats and handphone, he just called out to us and say we are at the right place.

Simple but complete experience. Beautiful tour and the explanations of our "driver" very exhaustive! Excellent price quality considering the costs of Sirmione! My family and I would gladly do it again! Highly recommended!

A great experience with a great tour guide (captain)! The wine tasting in Bardolino, which was also included, was of course also a highlight. Highly recommended!

Breve tour intorno a Sirmione, ottima esperienza. Simpaticissimo Alex che ci ha accompagnato raccontandoci qualcosa in più su questa magnifica città.

Short trip ,but nice ,if you are looking for something that only takes a few minutes or you are pressured by time this trip is for you