Sirmione Castle

Colin Metcalf

Leeds, United Kingdom

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Sirmione is located in Lombardy, Italy, which is in the northern part of Italy, just at the foothills of the Alps Mountain range.The Lombardy region of Italy is known to first have been inhabited by Celtic people in the 5th century BC. But around the 3rd century BC, Gallic people took over as Rome conquered the Celts to take over the region and claim it their own. It was then a part of the Roman province known as Cisalpine Gaul .
The present day Lombardy region was not heavily protected by the Romans and underwent many invasions. The Lombard Kingdom took over the region, making it the center of their kingdom. The Lombards were actually a group of ancient Germanic people and their culture differed from that of the Romans. The Lombards were primarily pagans while the Romans were of course, Catholics.

But the Lombards were to be overtaken as well, this time it was Charlemange who took over the region on his quest to unite Western Europe and clear the air of the pagan and Catholic differences. He was largely successful and had all of Western Europe under his control and that of the Roman empire.

In the 13th century, a rich family called the Della Scallas settled here and built an impressive castle, the Sirmione Castle or the Scaligera Castle which remains incredibly preserved today.

Sirmione’s history is a romantic one, the gorgeous scenery of the city enticed Romans to make it their bathing place. Over time it has remained incredibly protected because of its peninsula location. It officially became a spa city in 1900 when the realization that not only was the lake a great bathing spot, but the area was also home to hot springs.

Nikon D3100
18-55mm kit lens
Single RAW image tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 4.0.2
Final edit in PSE9

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