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15.11.13 12:04 AM
Sirmione - Pearl of Lake Garda, Italy
A tourist and health resort for more than 2000 years? That
sounds interesting - and ...
Looking from an inner court we see that this castle is high and
intimidating indeed - not built for pleasure, but for figh...
And looking to the western side of the castle towards the lake we
see a nowadays quite rare example of a fortified harbor,...
Finally this view from the castle towards the Old Town of
Sirmione is a reminder that the castle not only protected the
to...
We now wander along the shore of the peninsula until we reach its
northern tip - and here, as 2000 years ago, some luxury ...
It's simply too hot to visit the Roman ruins in Sirmione today, so we
walk back to the Old Town to get some shade - and a ...
We now go to the largest Piazza in Sirmione, the Piazza Carducci,
surrounded by bars and restaurants - right now even a co...
The Piazza is directly connected to a pier offering another
method to reach and leave Sirmione - by ship, on the the easte...
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  1. 1. 15.11.13 12:04 AM
  2. 2. Sirmione - Pearl of Lake Garda, Italy A tourist and health resort for more than 2000 years? That sounds interesting - and indeed it is: Sirmione is a very special town at the Lake Garda in Italy, and was a sought after holiday and health location starting even in the first century BC. Main visitors back then were the Romans coming from Verona, the main Roman city in north-eastern Italy at this time. Sirmione is located on a long peninsula located on the southern shore of the lake; the main area is shaped like a triangle, and has only one narrow street leading to it - and this street is guarded by a real menacing castle, the Castello Scaligero, built in the 13th century:
  3. 3. Looking from an inner court we see that this castle is high and intimidating indeed - not built for pleasure, but for fighting:
  4. 4. And looking to the western side of the castle towards the lake we see a nowadays quite rare example of a fortified harbor, incorporated into the castle:
  5. 5. Finally this view from the castle towards the Old Town of Sirmione is a reminder that the castle not only protected the town - it also served as a means of oppression; a very inglorious incident took place in the late 13th century, as Mastino I. della Scala ordered the ruthless persecution of a religious movement criticizing the holy church - resulting in a true massacre, because half of the inhabitants of Sirmione belonged to this movement. Knowing this the castle suddenly looks only half as romantic - and the castle reaching out to the town people seems to be really menacing:
  6. 6. We now wander along the shore of the peninsula until we reach its northern tip - and here, as 2000 years ago, some luxury hotels are located, with their own, very private terraces with a smashing view of the lake:
  7. 7. It's simply too hot to visit the Roman ruins in Sirmione today, so we walk back to the Old Town to get some shade - and a view of this nice house on a corner:
  8. 8. We now go to the largest Piazza in Sirmione, the Piazza Carducci, surrounded by bars and restaurants - right now even a concert is going on:
  9. 9. The Piazza is directly connected to a pier offering another method to reach and leave Sirmione - by ship, on the the eastern side of the peninsula. And with this 370 degree pano (yes!) taken on that pier we finally leave this picturesque and very old town:
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