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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.

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

Comments:

  • April 3, 2017

    No, in actual fact I’ve never heard of Sirmiofe either. But it looks precious. I live in Spain so I must go visit -it’s so close!

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    • April 4, 2017

      Yes, you definitely must! It was a lovely place to spend the day despite being full of tourists. 😉

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      • April 16, 2017

        Unfortunate about so many tourists, but what can you do? 🙂

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  • February 3, 2017

    Beautiful place, especially on summer!

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  • January 9, 2017

    Such happy memories of a long ago holiday for me 🙂

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    • January 10, 2017

      Aha! So you are one of the ones who have heard of Sirmione!! 😉 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. 🙂

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      • January 11, 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. 🙂

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  • January 6, 2017

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

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    • January 9, 2017

      I’m guessing u could drive into pretty much anyplace in Italy and be pleasantly surprised. Talk about a country worth exploring! ?

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  • January 6, 2017

    Such a lovely blue sky day in Sirmione! Those fortress walls look huge to keep out prying eyes back in the day ? 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…

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    • January 10, 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. 🙂

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  • January 6, 2017

    Great example … and an adorable place!

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    • January 9, 2017

      I wonder just how many photos there are of this nonna lurking around the world? Probably to many to count. ?

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  • Urska - Slovenian Girl Abroad

    January 5, 2017

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

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    • January 9, 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.

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