a VirtualTourist member from Campinas asked on May 16, 2013
We will spend a couple of days in Milan in laste June and then will head east to Verona and Padova, but intended to spend a few hours in Sirmione. I could rent a car or take the train (consider that we will have our backpacks with us at this time since we will be moving to a different city), but I am concerned with two possible problems associated with each option - lack of parking space or lack of lockers at the train station. Any suggestions or ideas?
I'm afraid there are no luggage storage facilities at Desenzano-Sirmione station:
and I cannot find any in the town.
I can't help with parking, sorry, other than to say that I suspect your concerns about parking are fully-justified (and not just in Sirmione). You'll also pay a one-way premium if you do not return the car to the point of hire. I always use the excellent trains in Italy.
You could, perhaps, make a change of plan and make Sirmione part of a daytrip from your Verona or Padova base?
Thank you for the suggestion. Indeed I am considering taking the car in Padova or Verona to go south later, but do this first part of the trip by train.
I think that is sensible, but be aware of the one-way hire premium if you are not intending to make a round trip.
You may find that taking the train between bases, then hiring a car if one is essential for a particular daytrip from that base (if required) is a better option.
Many (most?) Italian cities and towns...and some villages...have restricted traffic zones (ZTLs). These are often (usually?) monitored by CCTV cameras and fines are automatic, taken from your card up to several months later with additional admin fees. Even if you avoid the ZTLs parking is often difficult and expensive.
So it may be that a combination of train travel and local bus travel (where there is no railway station) will be a better option. It all depends on where you want to visit....
Sirmione is only just over an hour from Padova by train and only around 25 mins from Verona by regional trains (19 minutes by the faster, more expensive Freccia trains). So it may be easier to go straight to your base there, leave your bags and then make a trip to Sirmione from that base.
The problem is that there isn't really a train station in Sirmione, even if they add the name of the town to the Desenzano del Garda station. Sirmione is some KMs away. Bus may be a waste of time, taxi needed to spare time. But if you are 3/4 it may be well worth