The name

The hill Cortine is the edge of the peninsula Sirmione. The name comes from the latin cortes (i.e. garrison): during the roman period here was a garrison house. Testimony of the roman period are also the Catullo Grottoes and the Thermal Baths. In the 800 a.C. here was a Monastery: closter and church ruins are still visible on the south of the hill. The beauty of Lake Garda has always attracted a lot of visitors and, at that time the Religious gave them hospitality.
In the 1259 the Family Scala, fighting against Venice, built the castle to protect the little community living in Sirmione, but because of the war the Monastery was abbandoned.