Sirmione's Thermal Waters
Located at the far end of a long and narrow peninsula, Sirmione is one of the most popular destinations on the Garda Lake. The place is usually swarming with tourists who come to spend the weekend or vacation in total relax. The beauty of the surrounding landscape and of the lake attracts visitors from Italy as well as from all over the world. And believe it or not Sirmione was a popular resort even at the times of the Romans, as witnessed by the ruins of one of the largest Roman villas, the “Grotte di Catullo” located right at the top end of the peninsula (see picture). Some of the structures discovered here suggest that the Romans knew about the healing properties of Sirmione's waters and that the town may have been renown as a health resort.
Sirmione's thermal waters come from Mount Baldo's basin, at 800 meters of elevation, then descend more than 2100 meters below sea level, where they are enriched with minerals, and finally flow into the Boiola spring, where the temperature reaches 69°C. The source of these thermal waters was already known in the year five hundred, but since it was twenty meters below the lake at the time there wasn't the technology to exploit it. Works to intubate the waters started in the nineteenth century. Today the waters feed two establishments, Catullo and Virgilio, where people can spend the day in total relax! These sulphur springs are ideal not only to relax, but also to help ailments such as cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, rheumatism, and skin diseases.