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Romantic Sirmione

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An April 2001 trip to Sirmione by Barb B

Sirmione Photo, Sirmione, Italy More Photos
Quote: Sirmione is a romantic, ancient town at the point of the island which juts into Lago di Garda, the largest of Northern Italy's Lakes. There are those who perfer Lake Como, but I prefer the friendliness and imformality of Lago di Garda. Sirmione is the perfect town to serve as a starting point for day trips to Verona, and visiting the small towns which encircle the lake.

Romantic Sirmione

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Overview

The Grottoes Photo, Sirmione, Italy
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Described by the illustrious poet Cattullio as the "Gem of the Peninsula," It seems this tiny town of Sirmione has special delights for everyone. A picturesque medieval town located at the base of Lago di Garda (Italy's largest Lake) Sirmione stands at the tip of a narrow peninsula which reaches far out into the lake and offers fantastic views from all vantages. Spas, culture, thermal baths, wines, ancient ruins, Castles, designer boutiques, gourmet restaurants, discothèques and outstanding hotels - all combine to offer a special pleasure to current day travelers. Inside of this picturesque walled and turreted town, history springs to life, providing one with a very real sense of a u...Read More

Rossi Appartamenti

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Hotel | "Rossi Appartamenti - Alba Residence"

Rossi Appartamenti Photo, Sirmione, Italy
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We--Me & my husband and my sister & her husband chose the Rossi Apartments (Alba Residence) for our stay at Sirmione on Lago di Garda (Lake Garda) the largest Lake in Northern Italy. 'Rossi Apartments' is actually five different rental properties at Sirmione. Rossi offers a variety of accommodations: Hotel rooms, as well as apartments with 1 bedroom/1 bath, 2 bedrooms/1 bath and 2 bedrooms/2bath apartments. All of the apartments have private parking, pool, balcony, sattellite TV, air conditioning and direct dial telephone. All of the Rossi facilities are within walking distance of Sirmione's walled historic area. The beautiful lake's beach is within easy walking distance from any of the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 16, 2000

Rossi Appartamenti
25019 Sirmione Terme
Sirmione, Italy
030/9904188

Trattoria Al Grappolo

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Restaurant

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A wonderfully friendly atmosphere pervails from beginning to end. We (my husband and I) ask for a seat in the outdoor covered area (outdoor heaters are there, but are not needed on this warm evening in May). From this vantage point, we can watch and enjoy the activity and the passersby in the street.Since we have arrived late this evening, and we are not very hungry, we ask our waiter for some recommendations for a light meal. He suggests that we share a salad, then have some soup and dessert. Sounds great to us!We decide to share the capprece insalata (a salad of beautifully ripe tomatoes with a soft mozerrella cheese made from buffalo milk, and topped with fresh basil, capers, olive oi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 28, 2000

Trattoria Al Grappolo
Via 4 Novembre 14
Sirmione, Italy

Piccolo Ristorante

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Restaurant

Piccolo Ristorante Photo, Sirmione, Italy
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Here you can expect to find perfectly prepared regional cooking and spectacular ingredients, treated with restraint, respect and skill. The lake-side location provides and unpretentious comfortable atmosphere and a satisfying dining experience. With a menu written in three languages (English, Italian and German) even my sister who speaks absolutely NO Italian had no difficulty finding exactly what she wanted. Although the evening was a bit chilly, we chose to dine on the lovely lake-side terrace. Space heaters banished the chill and we were quite comfortable wearing only light sweaters. Fresh seafood items are a specialty of the house. Look for mollusks (capazozzoli): mu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 10, 2001

Piccolo Ristorante
Via 4 Novembre 25
Sirmione, Italy

Grotte di Catullo

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Attraction | "The Ancient Grottoes of Catullo"

Grotte di Catullo Photo, Sirmione, Italy
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Olive trees, weeping willows, cypress groves, and lemon tree garlands rim the footpath from the Scaligera Fortress of Sirmione, to the majestic grounds of the Grottoes of Catullo. Centuries-old cypress trees stand like proud sentries, on-guard above the crystal waters of Lago di Garda. The Grottoes wander scenically along the northern perimeter, dipping gently into the turquoise waters of the lower Garda basin. An acrid smell of sulphur suddenly pierces ones nostrils --- a fragrant reminder that the thermal baths of the waters below once afforded a popular resort and playground for Rome’s rich and Famous. Originally the magnificent villa of the Roman poet Catull...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 6, 2001

Grotte di Catullo

Sirmione, Italy

Scaliger Castle

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Attraction | "Scaligera Fortress - A View From the Top"

Scaliger Castle Photo, Sirmione, Italy
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Giant medieval torture racks, ominous cages where criminals were once sequestered and a series of body stocks were all contained within the entryway of the Scaligera Fortress. Slowly we proceeded up, around the corner, up again -- a seemingly endless trek of spiraling staircases. It seemed we had been climbing for an eternity when suddenly, we passed through the final door and burst into full sunlight of a glorious day! We had finally reached the high point of the Fortress Scaligera! Thank God, I was exhausted!! Built in the second half of the 13th century, the Scaligera Fortress was commissioned by Mastino Della Scalla the first, Lord of Verona. Surrounded by the crystal blu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 15, 2001

Scaliger Castle

Sirmione, Italy

About the Writer

Barb B

Barb B
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