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Resilience in Sirmione, Italy

Have you heard of Sirmione, Italy?

Yeah, me neither. But we must be one of the few, because when we visited the narrow peninsula that juts into Lago di Garda, it was crawling with tourists. As in, “had to park 30 minutes away and walk there” crawling.

With good reason though, because Sirmione turned out to be one of the most picturesque places we saw on our road trip through northern Italy.

And while the commune’s Scaliger Castle with it’s drawbridges, moats and fortress walls, grotto and Roman ruins have undoubtedly stood the test of time, for me, it was THIS nonna that symbolized true resilience.

Resilient nonna

Resilient nonna

Watching her placidly surveying the crowds of tourists milling around below a home, that could only have been in her family for generations, I wondered about all that she’d seen pass before her in her lifetime.

Resilience through time and tourists

Resilience through time and tourists

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  1. Urska - Slovenian Girl Abroad #

    I drove past Sirmione plenty of times and I had no idea how lovely this place is. Thanks for enlightening me. πŸ™‚

    January 5, 2017
    • I was honestly completely shocked by how many tourists were there! It really is lovely though, and since you can drive by, maybe you’ll be able to visit at a time when it’s not so crazy.

      January 9, 2017
  2. Great example … and an adorable place!

    January 6, 2017
    • I wonder just how many photos there are of this nonna lurking around the world? Probably to many to count. 🀣

      January 9, 2017
  3. Such a lovely blue sky day in Sirmione! Those fortress walls look huge to keep out prying eyes back in the day πŸ˜‚ And right at the water too. Is that a beach right beside it? Looks like one but could just be a nice place to sit for all you know…

    January 6, 2017
    • It was incredibly gorgeous, especially with those white castle walls to contrast with the sky. It’s actually Lake Garda – which is so huge it could definitely be mistaken for a sea I think. But you’re right…a lot of people were just relaxing there, not really swimming. πŸ™‚

      January 10, 2017
  4. I found some picturesque places in Italy, too, that I’d never heard of but was glad I stumbled upon.

    January 6, 2017
    • I’m guessing u could drive into pretty much anyplace in Italy and be pleasantly surprised. Talk about a country worth exploring! πŸ˜„

      January 9, 2017
  5. Such happy memories of a long ago holiday for me πŸ™‚

    January 9, 2017
    • Aha! So you are one of the ones who have heard of Sirmione!! πŸ˜‰ It was so full of tourists, I figure it must be written up somewhere, or popular with a certain group of people. Gorgeous place indeed. πŸ™‚

      January 10, 2017
      • Many years ago we stayed at Bardolino, at the southern end of Garda, and Sirmione was one of our explorations. It was late May/early June and I don’t remember it as especially busy but it was obviously a tourist centre in that area. πŸ™‚

        January 11, 2017
  6. Beautiful place, especially on summer!

    February 3, 2017

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