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. If we’d had more time, I would’ve loved to make the trip to the Dolomites, but alas it was not to be. You can read more about this amazing UNESCO site here.
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.
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.