Peschiera was really very pretty. We started with a brunch overlooking one of the squares and then had a leisurely walk around the town, along the canals, over the town walls, through the back streets, the Roman ruins, more ice cream.. In the afternoon it was Karen’s turn to indulge – this is her view of the spa she chose to enjoy in Sirmione:
I chose the Aquaria spa at the Terme de Sirmione for the stunning location & great range of treatments they have on offer. It’s easy to find with just a short wander though the streets & past the amazing Gelaterias in Sirmione old town. You pay to access the spa for 5 hours, approx €40 & treatments are extra. As with most Italian pools be prepared to wear the lovely swim caps they insist upon…. I didn’t book ahead but still managed to book a 25 minute massage when I arrived, this was booked for later the in afternoon so I had a few hours to relax & experience the variety of thermal pools on offer. The view from the outdoor pools is stunning & as it was quiet I managed to bag myself a sun lounger right on the lakeside to relax & read with the occasional dip into one of the warm thermal pools & multi-sensory pools & showers – basically lovely warm shower followed by a freezing plunge pool! The set up at the spa is great, when you’ve checked in they give you a robe, swim cap & your own bracelet which gives you access to a secure area to store all your belongings & is also used to charge any purchases from the bar/restaurant area so you can relax & enjoy a lovely juice, coffee or Prosecco & light lunch without worrying about carrying any cash with you. The massage was a perfect way to experience the treatments at the spa & the 5 hours just flew by, I was gutted when it was time to leave until I remembered I had promised myself a gelato on the walk back to the car!
Tip 1 - head to the spa on a weekday as it’s cheaper than a weekend & if you want anything more than a 25 minute treatment it’s best to book ahead. The staff on reception speak Italian, English, Dutch, German ….. so it’s easy to call ahead & book.
Tip 2 – Parking in Sirmione is pretty expensive so be prepared to pay at least €2 per hour or try & get the bus or boat in.
Terme de Sirmione
Meanwhile, Amy fell asleep on me by the pool.. Bliss.