Rocca Scaligera, Sirmione – Italy

The Sirmione castle, surrounded by water, is the most significant example of the defensive structures on Lake Garda.


Between the 13th and 14th centuries, the village of Sirmione was a border town situated between the land owned by the Della Scala dynasty of Verona and the property of the lords of Milan. As wars raged on, the reigning Della Scala family abandoned the castle, and the Venetian Republic took over its administration in 1405. After another fortification was built at nearby Peschiera, the castle lost its importance and was used as a storage depot. It was taken into government ownership at the start of the 20th century. Today it’s a well-known tourist attraction in this area.

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