Lake Garda, Sirmione, Italy (with Map & Photos)

Lake Garda (Lago di Garda) is the largest of the Italian lakes and one of the main tourist centers in northern Italy. Its most famous town is Sirmione.

Lake Garda Italy
Lake Garda Italy

Unlike the rest of the peaceful lakes, Lake Garda is a very lively place full of both Italian and foreign tourists.

Lake Garda is surrounded by small and charming towns that usually function as summer resorts, among which the small town of Sirmione stands out.


Located on a small peninsula jutting into Lake Garda, Sirmione is an important tourist center thanks to its spa and its pleasant old town where a medieval castle and the ruins of an ancient Roman villa are preserved.

Lake Garda Italy
Lake Garda Italy

Far from being a quiet place to enjoy nature, the cozy little town of Sirmione receives a mass tourism that turns it into something similar to an amusement park.

Sirmione is a lively town where everything is prepared for the enjoyment of visitors. There, the biggest problem is finding parking, even when all the places are pay zones and car parks.

Other attractions

In addition to other tourist towns such as Desenzano, Malcesine, Limone or Tignale, Lake Garda has two important tourist attractions: Gardaland, the most visited theme park in Italy, and the funicular that ascends from Malcesine to Monte Baldo.

Lake Garda Italy
Lake Garda Italy

How to get to Lake Garda

There are several ways to get from Milan to Lake Garda, although probably the most comfortable way to make the journey is by car. If you don't want to drive, you have the option of traveling by train or booking an organized excursion.

By car

The most comfortable way to travel the 140 kilometers that separate Milan from Sirmione is to take the tour by car. The route is almost all by motorway (direction Verona ) and is very well indicated, you cannot miss it.

By train

Another way to get there is by taking a train from Milano Centrale station to "Desenzano Del Garda-Sirmione".

Lake Garda Italy
Lake Garda Italy

The journey lasts between one and an hour and a half depending on the train chosen. Tickets for fast trains are priced between 21 and 24 euros while the regional train journey costs € 9.20.

How to get around Lake Garda

For those who have a car and time, a pleasant option may be to visit the villages of the lake by car. If you don't have too much time, you can take the ferries that cross the lake connecting different points.

It is also possible to cross the lake with the car using one of the ferries prepared for it.

Lake Garda Map