|Le Grotte di Catullo at Sirmione|
The fairytale castle, la Rocca Scagliera, is the first thing you see as you approach Sirmione by boat and you can also visit Le Grotte di Catullo, the ruins of a Roman villa built in the first century BC, that perch on a rocky promontory.
There are stunning views of the lake from different vantage points along Sirmione’s narrow peninsula and you may decide to spend a few nights in the resort to see everything it has to offer.
If a lake view is important to you, consider a stay at the Hotel Belvedere. As its name implies, the hotel looks out over Lake Garda and guests enjoy the wonderful views from its balconies.
The three-star, family run hotel is situated in Via Lucchino in the Porto Galeazzi area of Sirmione, close to a small harbour and a public beach.
The Hotel Belvedere has wireless internet access and all bedrooms have private bathrooms, television and mini bars. For more information visit Hotels.com
If you prefer to be in the historic centre of Sirmione, then the elegant, three star Hotel Luna might suit you.
Situated in the Via Vittorio Emmanuele II, this smart hotel is in a good position for enjoying the bars, restaurants and other amenities, while still being close to the lakeside.
The Hotel Luna has wireless internet access and its own restaurant, which serves a buffet breakfast as well as offering lunch and dinner. For more information visit Hotels.com
To reach Sirmione from Bergamo by train, travel to Brescia and catch the Milan to Venice express, getting off at Desenzano del Garda. The lake is a few minutes walk from the station.
It takes about an hour to reach Desenzano from Bergamo by car. Leave the A4 autostrada at the Desenzano exit and head for the centre where there are several car parks.