• Sirmione and Lake Garda South/East

    A perfect mix of nature and history

    Period: available all year.

    Itinerary: Sirmione, Lazise, Bardolino, Torri del Benaco and Albisano.

    Sirmione

    Part of Sirmione stands on a peninsula which stretches out for about 4 km in the lower Lake Garda in the province Brescia. The town is an important spot for culture and spa tourism. The peninsula rises about 30 m above the Lake and offers a gorgeous panoramic view. 

Sirmione is famous for the unique charm of its old town with narrow and irregular streets as well as for its thermal bath „Virgilio“ and the ruins of the “Catullus Grottos” the former villa of the poet “Catullo”. 

    Lazise

    Situated on the east lakeside of Lake Garda, south from Bardolino and north from Castelnuovo del Garda, the town with its 6.829 inhabitants is located 24 km west from Verona, at the foot of the moraine hills. The lake has its maximum width with 17 km in Lazise. It is one of the most important tourist centres at Lake Garda, thanks to a very beautiful old town with narrow streets and picturesque places, a harbour which is imbedded in the centre and the Veronese customs office dating back to the 14th century.

    Bardolino

    This town is located at the east shore of the lake about 30 km form the provincial capital Verona, at the foot of the moraine hill with vineyards and olive groves. The village is well known for the production of the famous “Bardolino Wine”, very famous and worldwide known red wine, as well as for its pretty old town with its alleys, many shops, typical restaurants and the long boardwalk. Bardolino is an ideal holiday destination for gourmands: You can stop off at the numerous historical wine cellars along the wine route or taste traditional specialities in the typical restaurants “trattorie”.

    Torri del Benaco/Albisano

    It is situated in the province of Verona, located about 38 km from Verona.The historical centre is surrounded by medieval walls and towers. In proximity to the small harbour there are the “Palzzo del Consiglio della Gardesana”, built in the 14th century today a well known hotel and the “Castello Scaligero”, residence of the ethnographical museum showing the first exhibition about freshwater fishing and the “Limonaia”, a lemon garden which dates back to the year 1760.

    Albisano is located above Torri del Benaco and offers a wonderful view over the Lake.


    The ruins of the “Catullus Grottos” (Sirmione)

    The ruins of the largest and most important roman villa in northern Italy are located on the last of the three hills of Sirmione and cover an area of approximately 2 hectares. The building covers three levels in former times from which only the retaining walls and some pillars survived. In the middle ages some of the houses in the city have been built with wall remains of the grotto. 
The small museum next to the entrance is worth seeing. It contains important archeological finds like bronze objects, coins, sculpture fragments and remains of frescos.

    Scaliger Castle – “Castello Scaligero” (Sirmione)

    Its merlons looking like dovetails constructed for the defence of the lower lake and the fleet.

    “San Severo” & “Santa Maria” Churches

    The romanesque church “San Severo” with its interesting frescos showing the apocalypse of St. John as well as the church “Santa Maria” in Cisano are well worth seeing.

    Olive Oil Museum Gardasana (Bordolino)

    The Olive Oil Museum is located in the hamlet of Cisano south of Bardolino on the main Gardesana lake road. It includes exhibits covering the different stages of olive oil production, with examples of historic tools and documents and is open most days of the year. It was the first museum of olive oil in Italy when it was opened in the 1980s and welcomes 50,000 visitors a year.

    “Torre del Comun” (Torri del Benaco )

    Worth seeing is also the clock tower previously known as “Torre del Comun” and in medieval times meeting point of the “Vicina”, a convention of all family heads negotiating about joint business, which is in vicinity of the “Gardesana” street.

    Luxury Hotels – Four and Five stars

    Luxury lifestyle. Design, tradition and hospitality for a unique holiday! ItalyDolomites presents the most exclusive side of the Dolomites, rich of charm and tradition, able to satisfy even the most demanding visitor in terms of wellness, sport and relaxation. You will find luxury hotels rated 4 stars and more, carefully selected and guaranteed, hotels that stand out for charm, style and exclusive services (golf hotels, sport hotels, wellness hotels, design hotels), located in famous resorts of the Dolomites of South Tyrol, Trentino and Veneto.

    Price range: from € 150.00 to € 1.000,00 per day, per person – Breakfast included

    Families Hotels

    Experience, savour and appreciate nature with all the senses. The Families Hotels are true specialists in offering exciting holidays shared by the whole family amid stunning mountain landscape.

    Price range: from € 65.00 to € 110,00 per day, per person – Breakfast included.

    Three Star Hotels

    If you don’t have or don’t want to spend a huge budget for your holiday, without having to forego any comforts, a three star hotel may be just the right place for you. Here you won’t miss a thing, which belongs to wonderful holidays and that at reasonable prices! You won’t have to care about anything and just relax. The rooms are cleaned daily, the food is plentiful and varied and the staff is friendly and helpful in more than one language. Comfort in all areas and a certain bit of luxury three star hotels guarantee to arise the vacation felling in you.

    Price range: from € 50.00 to € 80,00 per day, per person – Breakfast included

    Bed & Breakfasts

    The stay in a bed and breakfast is relatively cheap. Nevertheless you will know the true promise of a homey and familiar atmosphere.

    Price range: from € 40.00 to € 70,00 per day, per person – Breakfast included

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FAQ’s
Which are the closest airports in the area?

The closest airport are Innsbruck (125Km) and Verona (143km).

Do i need travel insurance?

We recommended getting a travel insure policy which cover you for all medical expenses(including repatriention) and any expensive items you bring away with you such as laptops, smartphone, photo cameras, tablets, etc. Travel insurance should be taken out at the time of booking in case you have to cancel out travel because of unforeseen events.

What's the opening period of mountain huts?

During summer season, they open approximately their doors on the 10th of June and close them on the 25th of September. These dates depend on weather conditions.

Is it necessary to bring your own sleeping bag in mountain huts?

No. Usually the beds in the mountain huts have got a blanket and a quilt. Anyways it is better to ask for more information to the mountain hut.

Are there showers in mountain huts?


Usually the room has a shared shower, just a few rooms have a private shower. Using the shower has normally a cost because the water in the mountain huts is precious and it runs frequently out.

Do I need to book in forehand a room in a mountain hut?

No, but is highly recommended. Otherwise it is better to arrive early in the afternoon in order to have a better chance of getting the room.