Published on March 17, 2011 | by Andrea Guerriero


Sirmione: Catullo’s home and thermal baths

Sirmione, a beautiful and ancient town on Lake Garda, is located on a long promontory that plunges into the lake. Tourist center of great importance, Sirmione, also offers the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of spa treatments in several centers.

Sirmione has a very ancient history. It has been inhabited since the Neolithic and later it became an important commercial and cultural center under the Roman Empire. One of the most important historical sites of Sirmione are the Grotte di Catullo, ruins mistakenly thought to be the house of the great Latin poet: it is true that Catullus lived in Sirmione, but no one knows where.

Sirmione has always been known as a spa resort, since Roman times, but only at the beginning of last century the first true spa center was created for body care (and relaxation). A long series of pipes carries the water from the springs on Monte Baldo to the several spas. These are sulphurous waters which, due to the presence of many elements, become extremely healing for the airways, the muscular apparatus and skin care.

In particular, the Terme di Catullo, the first establishment to be built, are in the centre of town, overlooking the lake. Other spas are the Terme di Virgilio and several facilities directly inside the hotels of Sirmione.

Photo by Andrew and Annemarie

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Hi, I'm Andrea, a travel blogger, web programmer, seo apprentice and amateur photographer based in Milan. I love reading, I love music. I love to travel but only if I leave on a mission! I've been traveling through most of Europe and I love writing about it. I love photography, especially as a way to document experiences, places, events. My Nikon D300 camera is always with me, and it helps me in sharing my life with the rest of the world. Getting in touch with new people, different life styles and foreign traditions, and write about it, is all I can ask for.

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