Friday, March 1, 2013

Scaliger Castle, Sirmione

Mike and I took a two-week road trip through Italy, Monaco, France, Spain,
England, and Belgium this past September.
You can read our other road trip posts about this trip here.
Or, see all our travel posts here.

Welcome to Scaliger Castle, est. 1383! You can read more about it (in Italian) here.

This is the kind of castle every little kid wants to live in. Its crenellations are perfect (those are the things that make the top of a castle look like a castle), it has a wooden, studded drawbridge, and towers Rapunzel would feel at home in. For the grown-ups there's plenty of history (be forewarned: most of the signage is in Italian) and a pretty citrus grove. And excellent restaurants and bars just outside its walls.

From the top of Scaliger Castle's towers you stand at the highest point in Sirmione, and can survey the town and lake at your feet. You can almost picture what this little town would have looked like seven hundred years ago (minus the satellites!)

view from the top of scaliger castle, via instagram
Scaliger Castle is an absolute must-see in Sirmione, and takes less than an hour to tour. It wasn't very busy when we were there in September, but it can be a little tricky to navigate (tiny corridors and ledges you walk on) so one can envision it becoming quite congested during high season. It's worth the maneuvering, but bring sensible shoes. There's no other way to the top than a long, steep staircase. (They didn't design these things for elevators!)

- Jess

entrance: (free for EU residents under 25!) regular admission <€5
hours: change seasonally, typically 9:30 am - 12:30pm, and 2:30 to 6 pm


  1. I find these peeks into other countries so fascinating! Thanks for the beautiful view:)

  2. Great post and beautiful pictures. I can't wait to visit Malta.


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