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.

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Single RAW image tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 4.0.2
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  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfalmost 3 years ago

    Framed Print

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellalmost 3 years ago

    A stunning shot Colin . x

  • Thanks very much Irene.

    – Colin Metcalf

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyalmost 3 years ago

    What a beautiful castle, Colin, and it’s amazing to see that it’s been so well preserved for all these centuries. It really must be wonderful to see first hand.

  • It was brilliant Mike, if only we had had enough time for a look round inside but maybe another time. Thanks for the lovely comment.

    – Colin Metcalf

  • hootonles
    hootonlesalmost 3 years ago

    A very pleasing image

  • Thanks very much, appreciated.

    – Colin Metcalf

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethalmost 3 years ago

    so beauutiful in light. the water~~~ so shimmered, just breathtaking!! well done!Colin.

  • Many many thanks my friend!

    – Colin Metcalf

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksalmost 3 years ago

    That certainly is an impressive castle Colin – love your capture of it !

  • Thanks mate.

    – Colin Metcalf

  • Carol2
    Carol2almost 3 years ago

    Beautiful castle and capture, Colin!!

  • Greatly appreciated, thank you, I am pleased you like it.

    – Colin Metcalf

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyalmost 3 years ago

    beautiful castle! intense light, great contrast of colors. well done sir ;)

  • Greatly appreciated, thank you, I am pleased you like it.

    – Colin Metcalf

  • vigor
    vigoralmost 3 years ago

    Gorgeous processing, magical!

  • Greatly appreciated, thank you, I am pleased you like it.

    – Colin Metcalf

  • Fara
    Faraalmost 3 years ago

    Lovely capture Colin………..thank you for the information……..most interesting!!

  • Greatly appreciated, thank you, I am pleased you like it.

    – Colin Metcalf

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