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GRAND HOTEL TERME
Sirmione, Italy
web: termedisirmione.com
email: booking@termedisirmione.com

By Bobbi P. Markowitz, Founder and Publisher

About Lake Garda and Sirmione // Garda is the largest and easternmost of the Italian lakes and borders three regions: Trentino to the north, Lombardy to the west and Veneto to the south and east. The area enjoys a geography that combines low-lying countryside, tree lined rocky cliffs and snow- capped mountains. Perched at the tip of a narrowing strip on the southern end of Lake Garda, Sirmione is a charming peninsula, that juts out 2 1/2 miles into the Lake. A major resort, the delightful town bustles from Spring until Fall. A fascinating medieval castlle, Castello Scaligera sits at the entrance of the quaint town and welcomes visitors to meander on foot through cobblestone streets with picturesque piazzas lined with marvelous boutiques, delicious trattorias, terrace cafes, and heavenly gelati stands.

About Grand Hotel Terme // Right next door to the castle and the entrance to the town of Sirmione, The Grand Terme is a three story hotel that sits graciously alongside the lake. The wide marble clad halls, warmly hued Venetian plaster walls lead to casually elegant furnished balconied bedrooms with exquisite views. Spa, physical therapy facilities and lakeside swimming pool make this a comprehensive hotel and resort. The Conference Center includes two halls, the Catullo and Virgilio which accommodate 120 people each. Using these wonderful spaces affords a perfect opportunity to make an official event turn into an unforgettable moment, with the stunning lake in the background.

Things to do // Aside from lounging at one of the hotel's two pools, indoors at the health spa or enjoying the spectacular lake and mountain vistas at the outdoor pool, ferry and hydrofoil trips are a marvelous way to explore the lake. A boat dock at the center of town is convenient and easily accessed. Plan on staying several nights Sirmione to allow for side trips to the famous and historical cities such as Verona, Vicenza and Mantua. Sirmione offers a host of cultural events and a variety of sports activities. Expert and amateur golfers will find splendid greens. Sailing enthusiasts can watch the famous 100-mile regatta and also take the helm themselves, sailing on the waters of Lake Garda. Tennis lovers will enjoy the nearby courts.

Places to eat // A serene elegance is the way to describe the indoor outdoor L'Orangerie Dining Room. Glassed walls offer incredible vistas of the lake and mountains. Sumptuous breakfast buffets fortify visitors for their laid back day of relaxation. Open year round, the restaurant offers refined and exquisitely prepared dishes from risotto with snails to fettuccini with fresh porcini. The restaurant is also the ideal choice for important and special occasions, gala dinners, banquets and cocktail parties.

The Wine-Bar at the Grand Hotel Terme offers 400 carefully selected Italian and foreign wines representing the finest in wine-making tradition. With an enchanting view of Sirmione Castle as the backdrop, the tastings at the elegant Wine-Bar are a highlight for discerning guests.

In Town Dining // Charming trattorias and family run bistros welcome visitors to sample local specialties. The Ristorante Al Progresso in Sirmione is a delightful family run operation. Our favorites were fegato di vitello alla veneziana ( calf liver with onions ), a speciality of the region and cotoletta alla milanese ( Milanese chop breaded). Freshly made pasta, crisp salads and local favorite Prosecco wine were truly enjoyable. Al Progresso is at Via V. Emanuele, 16. Tel: 030 916108. For dessert the choice each time is gelati. Italian ice cream is addictive. Chocolate lovers will revel in Nutella, a chocolate and ground hazlenut confection.

Aquaria Spa // The new health and beauty center at the Grand Hotel Terme focuses on relaxation and innovative treatments. From the depths of Lake Garda comes the hot-salsobromoiodic sulphurous water and mud that is well-known by the scientific community for healing and well being. The water is ideal for the treatment of sinusitis, rhinitis, otitis, laryngopharyngitis and bronchitis, rheumatisms and arthritis. Mud treatments, hydromassage and hydrokinesis therapy are among the many treatments at the The Grand Hotel Terme Sirmione Thermal Center. Run by physicians, Sirmione makes treatments a pleasure.

Transportation Tips // Sirmione lies 3 1/2 miles from the A4 autostrada exit and five miles from the town of Desenzano.

By Bobbi P. Markowitz, Founder and Publisher

A picture perfect town in a central region, Sirmione was a magical place to begin a week-long journey to the Lake Region and Venice. The Hotel Grand Terme is a gem. It's fresh decor, warm home away from home hospitality, incredible location at the entrance of the cobblestoned town with panoramic vistas of the lake and mountains is a true find. Fine dining, a pristine spa, fresh decor, Internet access, make this a delightful place to visit for the first ime and revisit many times again.

DESTINATION SNAPSHOT

LOCATION:
Sirmione, italy
ROOMS: 57 (1 SUITE)
CLOSEST MAJOR AIRPORT: AREOPORTI DI MILANO (MALPENSA)
RESTAURANTS: 2 (1 BAR)
LANGUAGE: ITALIAN
CURRENCY: EURO (EUR)


WEBSITE:
termedisirmione.com

EMAIL:
booking@termedisirmione.com
PHONE:
+39 030 9904922