Take a break from sightseeing and indulge in the Roman pastime of thermal spring bathing. There are several spas around Sirmione but I think the best is Acquaria. It's quite new and in a beautiful setting right by the lake. As well as many smaller bathing pools of different temperatures and massage effects, there is a large natural water pool. Swim through the gateway to get to the outdoor pool. Evening is the best time to go as it's cheaper, less crowded and you can swim under the stars and gaze at the twinkling lights on the other side of the lake. We went in winter which was ideal - the hot waters keep you warm for hours afterwards. A word of warning - the water is sulfurous so the stench stays with you for days!
Terme di Sirmione S.p.A. Piazza Virgilio, 1
25019 Colombare di Sirmione (BS)
+39 030 91681
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Follow in the footsteps of Napoleon and Churchill and go and paint at the lush promontory of Punta San Vigilio. Park the car and walk down to the lake through the olive grove where you will be rewarded by a spectacular view. Or walk there along the lake from the town of Garda, on a trail edged with lemon and cypress trees.
If you really want to indulge your artistic, romantic side, you can stay at the hotel there, right on the edge of the lake.
Leave the tourist trail of the bigger towns on the lake and visit Torri. It's a jewel of a place, a small village about half way up the Veneto side of Lake Garda. It's characteristic and full of atmosphere, with medieval walls and towers. There's a small Roman harbour and a Scaligeri castle as well as gorgeous trattorias and bars. Stroll along the lakeside walk and go for a swim - it's like taking a dip in a swimming pool, with crystal clear water and smooth pink marble underfoot.
Torri del Benaco, Lake Garda
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