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... Castle tour: There is a beautiful castle situated 200 meters from Sirmione bus-stop. Entry is 4 Euro per person. Time to take a tour may vary from 1-3 hours. View of the lake and the town from the top of the castle is mesmerizing.
... a laundrette to wash our clothes. Put them in & then ducked back to St Zeno's Basilica, a huge Romanesque Gothic church with an extremely tall bell tower.
The interior was largely empty but it had some wonderful 14th century frescoes & in the crypt the Saint’s clothed bones in a glass case. It is a magnificent example of the early architecture with a fine cloister beside the basilica. Put the clothes in the dryer ...
... that looked nice, but otherwise the city seemed to be dark and covered in graffiti. I decided I would just head back to the area where my hotel was, just few minutes out of the centre and find some food there. What I didn't know was the only restaurant in this are was a steakhouse. Not wanting to ride down the major road in the dark back to the centre, I decided to just have whatever was cheapest. This turned out to be something like ...
... to the Monument cemetery. A truly different kind of cemetery from those in the states. A very large area with big headstones, mausoleums, monuments and photos of the dead. The Italians take funerals and remembering the deceased very seriously. Our last stop was at the kitschy Balcony of Juliette. Although a fictional character of Shakespeare, this is a popular stop with a balcony for the tourists.
The afternoon was getting late and our feet ...
... and the rest is history. Amazingly we made it into the courtyard without being trampled and actually witnessed multiple Juliets on the balcony of all ages and some were even men..or Romeo's...I don't know.
The artistic aspect of this courtyard is that many people write their names and graffiti the walls declaring their undying love in colourful ways. One may even purchase Romeo ...