Thanks to its favourable natural location the many historical ages have left Sirmione unforgettable marks. The first palafittes go back to the Bronze Age (second millenium B.C.). In the Roman Age it was a holiday resort for high-ranking families. In 8th century the Longobard Queen Ansa – Desiderio's wife – founded there a convent of Benedectine nuns while in the later 12th century it was settled by the Della Scala Family who walled the village and built the fortress. In 1405 Sirmione went under Venice rule following its destiny.