Trip To Italy – Sirmione Hotels and Attractions
Castello Scaligero, Sirmione Italy
One of the most charming resorts on Lake Garda, Sirmione is located on a narrow peninsula at the southern end of the lake. Connected with the mainland by a small bridge, Sirmione has winding cobbled streets, an imposing castle, tranquil gardens, and a lovely lake-front promenade.
Sirmione hotels are available in all price ranges. And it’s a great place to unwind.
It was first appreciated by the Romans who discovered hot springs and built baths here. Sirmione was later ruled by the Veronese and Venetians, whose architectural legacy adds to the resort’s appeal. Much of the old town is closed to automobile traffic, making it ideal to explore on foot.
With its moat and turrets, 13th-century Castello Scaligero is pretty impressive. It was the home of the ruling family of Verona, and it’s worth climbing the towers for views of the lake. The castle serves as the only land-based entrance to the old town.
You can also visit the ruins of the Grotte di Catullo — there’s a tram that runs from the north end of the old town. It’s unclear whether the ruins were actually the baths of Catullus, the Roman poet, but they’re well worth a visit anyway. The site is well preserved, the views of the lake from the top of the hill are breathtaking, and it’s a lovely spot for enjoying the timeless beauty of the area.
Lake Garda is one of the cleanest lakes in the region, and temperatures are inviting from May through September. So be sure to get in the water. The best place for swimming is the Lido Delle Bionde beach, where you can rent beach chairs, umbrellas, and water sports equipment.
The best hotels in Sirmione
The most luxurious hotel in Sirmione, Villa Cortine is a 19th-century Palladian villa set in a beautifully landscaped 12-acre park. The property slopes gently down to the lake where there are a private beach and boat launch. Service here is the best you’ll find on Lake Garda and guests want for nothing. A wing was added in the 1950s and while the rooms here lack the charm of those in the original villa, they have better views of the lake. The flagstone terrace with its colonnade is a lovely place for a meal or a cocktail. In addition to two restaurants, Villa Cortine also has beach barbecues in summer. And the staff is happy to arrange virtually any activity you can think of.
Near Castello Scaligero inside the walls of the old town, Hotel Sirmione has 101 attractive, modern rooms. The lake-front gardens and terraces are inviting, but the big draw here is the thermal pool and spa. It’s adjacent to Sirmione’s main piazza.
Another choice for those who want to stay in the heart of the old town is Hotel Speranza, Occupying the upper floors of an arcade on the main piazza, it’s steps from the castle and the lake. The 13 rooms here are simple, with modern furniture and parquet floors. And there’s a small lobby and breakfast rooms. Speranza is an affordable property, conveniently located for enjoying all Sirmione has to offer.
Located on a hilltop on the Sirmione Peninsula not far from the Roman ruins, Olivi offers beautiful views of the lake from the pretty terrace and from most of the 58 rooms. Set in a grove of century-old pine and olive trees and decorated in the earthy tones that are traditional in the area, Olivi has a lot of character. The swimming pool is surrounded by gardens, and spa services and massages are available.
The Eden is best known as the residence of Ezra Pound, who lived here in the 1920s. It’s recently been updated and the modern bathrooms with big tubs are especially appreciated. The open lobby leads to a lovely terrace overlooking the lake. And there’s a pier for swimming. Many of the recently redecorated rooms have lake views.
The 16 rooms at Grifone are some of the best values in Sirmione. Located right next to the castle on the lake, the hotel occupies an old stone building that’s covered with vines. Rooms on the upper floors have small balconies overlooking the lake, and there are a restaurant and a bar. The décor is simple, but service is cordial – it’s a family-run business – and Grifone is a very pleasant spot.
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Similar to Grifone, but without the lake-front location, Corte Regina is also located in an old stone building on a side street in the old town. The 14 attractive rooms have been updated and equipped with new bathrooms. Service is friendly. There’s a sunny terrace for enjoying the nice weather. And the restaurant is good too.