The Church of San Pietro in Mavino is Sirmione’s oldest church. It’s a small gem nestled in the silence of the olive gardens near the town’s old centre. Plan your visit now: you will not be disappointed!
As you leave Sirmione’s centre and Aquaria thermal spa, follow the directions for Grotte di Catullo. After a few minutes you will find a sign for the church, which can be reached following a short ascending road on the left. It’s a one-of-a-kind religious site inserted in a splendid natural setting!
Although it was modified multiple times over the centuries, the Church of San Pietro in Mavino still preserves traces of Lombard Romanesque, in particular the old bell tower dating from 1070. The simple, welcoming gable façade has a drop arch door which opens on the interior decorated with frescoes from the 12th-16th centuries. The church has a single nave and three semi-circular apses, as well as one lateral chapel built in 1630 and dedicated to St. Nicola of Tolentino.
The monumental bell is fascinating. It still strikes for the fallen of the two World Wars. From this area you can also enjoy wonderful views of Lake Garda.
An interesting fact is that because of its isolated position, the church was inhabited by a hermit since mid-19th century.