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Sirmione is a walled historic resort town near the tip of the 3.3km long Sirmio peninsula on the southern shore of Lake Garda in province of Brescia, in Lombardy northern Italy.
The Sirmione commune encompasses the modern town of Colombare which stretches inland from the base of the peninsula.
Settlements on the Sirmo peninsula have been traced back to over 5,000 years BC. In Roman times the penisula was used as a resort by the rich and powerful.
With its unique peninsular position the town was an important centre of power in medieval times controlling traffic in the southern part of the lake. The preserved historic town with its' entrance guarded by the turreted 13th century Scaliger Castle with its' drawbridge fortified harbour attracts many day visitors. The only land access to the old town is via the castle drawbridge, vehicular access to the old town is restricted by permit.
The town is connected to other resorts on the lake by ferry, the ferry jetty is located in the historic area in the Piazza Giose Carducci.
As with other towns on the southern part of Lake Garda Sirmione enjoys a a particularly pleasant climate in the summer months characterised by hazy sunshine and gentle breezes. Rain storms do occur and while infrequent can spectacular.