Need Another Holiday: Lake Garda: The Sights of Stunning Sirmione

I’d wanted to visit Lake
Garda
for such a long time, and I was beyond excited that the cheap flights I’d
found for our Verona city break would present me with the chance to finally get
there. Unfortunately, as I stepped off the plane at the airport, the
rain was relentless in its hammering of the tarmac
. It seemed to taunt me; hinting
at how it wanted to play havoc with my holiday plans.

The view the weather nearly kept from me at Lake Garda

It was like my departure city
of Manchester in the UK was sniggering at me. Did I really think I could escape
the weather by jumping on a plane? After all, it was October in Italy too.
And
as I pulled my coat tight in defiance against the grey clouds, I wondered if I’d
make it to Lake Garda. Was it even worth the effort of trying when the rain seemed
like it would never stop?

So you can imagine how I felt
when I woke up the following morning and found that the clutches of home’s dreary
autumn, could not keep their grip of me in Italy.

This was a new day. The rain had stopped and a bus
trip to Sirmione and Lake Garda was back on the cards…

Getting There…

I’ve always been a fan of
public transport; I grew up taking countless days out on trains and buses. To get to
Sirmione we hopped on a bus headed to Brescia from Verona Porta Nuova
station
and a journey of about an hour and 15 minutes took us to our destination, for
only 7 euros each, return. On the way we saw acres upon acres of vineyards and
watched the lush, green Italian countryside open up against the impressive
backdrop of the sugar tipped mountains. I could feel myself falling in love with the
region.

Hotel Sirmione, bathed in Autumn afternoon sunlight

There’s no doubt that
Sirmione is a hub for tourists and I suspect a visit in summer would see a bombardment
of bodies pulsating through the narrow streets. The shoulder season meant an
easy stroll however, and despite a plethora of shops geared up for visitors,
you couldn’t deny that this place was unbelievably pretty
. There’s plenty to see, including the 12th century Scaliger Castle. 

The prettiest window I’ve ever seen

 And speaking of shops…

There were Biscotteria
Cute souvenir shops…

Shops filled with quirky ornaments…
…and a few more cute souvenirs

More than enough to get me spending!
After we explored (and I shopped), it was
time for a drink.
We weren’t expecting such an appetising display of tasty
bites to go with our Prosecco and beer, but this little complimentary addition,
when we’d walked and talked and shopped and seen, was welcome refreshment
indeed. So what did we do? Well, we stopped for a while and had another round
(obviously). We weren’t expecting another plate of goodies, but we got them and
they were enjoyably devoured.

Tasty (and free) treats to go with our drinks!

The Lake…

Lago di Garda itself was
almost swimming pool green in the Autumn light. And one of the best bits about
Sirmione was that in being a peninsula, you could see the lake whether you looked
East or West. Few things in life mesmerise me, or make me happier and more
peaceful than looking out across sparkling water
, no matter
where I might be.

Though skies may have threatened; they didn’t spoil Lake Garda for me

But watching the sunset over Lake Garda at Sirmione was
something else entirely,
especially with the pleasing warm Prosecco buzz to
wrap me up against the October chill.

An unbelievable sunset sky over Sirmione

We gazed out the lake and
snapped like mad, talking little bits of tipsy rubbish and grinning like
Cheshire cats. Here, we were a million miles away from Autumn blues, and although
this visit was brief, I had finally made it to Lake Garda and I knew I’d be
back.

Have you been to Lake Garda?
Where did you go? Let me know in the comments!