Travel Blogs from Sirmione
... Venice was dotted with castles and citadels, all looking majestic on hilltops in the distance. In Venice the car drop off was just across the road from the taxi stand and within minutes we’re on the canals - magic!
Getting to our apartment was easy enough, lugging all our gear to the top floor made me appreciate shipping that carton of stuff home yesterday even more! On the way in to Venice we passed a super market. The guy that showed us our apartment gave us a map ...
What a lovely place, oozing architecture and old Venetian style - it was lovely! We drove, it took around 40 mins and headed straight into the tourist area. Parking was limited & after asking (we didn't want another tow truck!) a helpful couple on their moped showed us where to park in the centre. We were right next to the street where it is said that Juliet's balcony is (although I gather the balcony was built in the ...
... but it is still based on legend. So in reality, that is no more Juliet's balcony than just another beautiful old building but it doesn't stop the millions of tourists who all want to believe in love. Having missed my train the day before I had to reschedule my walking tour/wine tasting for Thursday evening. I spent the entire day walking around the city seeing the masses of tourists being led around ...
... Signorvino, where we had dinner and fortified ourselves with some very nice Soave and Valpolicella. All the time our waiter was giving us some regular and quite optimistic weather reports from upstairs. So off we set for the Arena and bought some cushions for the thousands year old limestone seats where our cheap tickets got us, and ponchos just in case it rained. And then up a few flights of stairs in the vomitorium (thanks ...
... but I was glad to be onshore, not drowned or wet. As we drove home we saw a sunk boat...we felt relieved it was not us!
It was a great day but such a shame about the weather... Storms were all around us when we got home and I'm afraid as we head off to Slovenia tomorrow it looks wet. Is this getting us used to the UK we have not seen inconvenient rain since Istanbul in early May.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Marconi Sirmione
We have just got back from a trip round France & Italy and Hotel Marconi was by far the best we stayed in - thanks to TripAdvisor. It's location is perfect with a wonderful, romantic drive over the drawbridge and through the small cobbled streets of Sirmione - that was an experience in itself! Plenty of off-street parking at the front. The man on reception was very welcoming and as we were a little early, our room wasn't quite ready, but at his suggestion we went out on to the sun terrace at the back of the hotel and had a lovely chilled glass of white wine and pizza nibbles. All the drinks came with nibbles - perfect! The weather was also very kind to us and the view over Lake Garda was breathtaking. Our room, although on the small side was very clean and comfortble with a great shower! There was even a small pot plant given to us on our arrival as a welcome gift! We had a side room with a small balcony that looked out over the houses along the lake. Nothing was too much for them and Reception even arranged, at short notice, for a motor boat to arrive the next morning at the hotel's sun terrace / jetty for us to hire ourselves and whizz around the rest of the lake. I would thoroughly reccommend this as we saw several other lovely villages in the 4 hours we had hired it for and even moored up at Bardonlino and had lunch.
We have just returned from Hotel Marconi and the whole experience was unfaultable. The location was excellent and centrally located within Sirmione itself and within easy access to the rest of the Lake. The hotel was welcoming and extremely friendly, the room was simple, clean and well attended to each day by a team of cheery staff and our view over the Lake and the hotel garden was an excellent place to watch the sunset from. Breakfast was excellent and it was a delight to wake up to the smell of freshly baking bread and cakes. Overall we would not hestitate to stay here again and would recommend it to all.
Early June with 2 friends over from New Zealand and I had booked Hotel Marconi on the internet. What a delight. We had driven about 500kms. They sat us on the terrace and brought us a glass of ice cold spumante. Then it just got better. We all agreed that it was one of the best hotels ever. We have all stayed in flashier places but none so friendly and helpful as this. The family were brilliant and made our stay such fun. The breakfasts are great and that early evening drink on the terrace looking over the lake, unbeatable.
Thank you to the Visani family. We shall return.
This hotel is absolutely perfect for anyone. We had a lovely large room with air conditioning and a nice big bathroom. Excellent balcony with gorgeous views over the lake. It has a really nice garden and terrace for sitting in morning, afternoon or evening and as everyone has said the breakfast are incredible! The staff there are extremely friendly and helpful and seem to speak english, Italian, German and many other languages fluently , they even gave us a cake as a leaving gift! It's perfectly located, just off the tourist track but within 2 minutes of the boat and the main restaurants and shops. I would highly recommend this to anyone, i loved it! Any questions just ask, I also have photos of the views from the balcony and the hotel itself if you want to see them I will gladly email them.
A very friendly family run hotel
Room is spotless and the newly fitted bathroom very clean. balcony with lake view. the breakfast is amazing - fresh baked bread, cakes and biscuits.
the dining area is overlooking the lake and a relaxing place to spend a afternoon.
Lovely family hotel
The Hotel Marconi is a family run hotel and it is charming....I stayed on my own and felt very safe and very welcomed.....my single room at a Juilet Balcony and I had a lovely view of the lake from it.....they presented me with a flowering plant upon arrival and a "shorbread" style cake upon departure which was most appreciated as the Papa of the family does all the baking and it was delicious. The breakfasts are to die for and are as good as if not better than any I have had in more expensive hotels....The location on the lake is very peaceful as well.....Bravo and Grazie
My sister and I stayed at the Hotel Marconi over looking the beautiful Lake Garda just last month. We had a room directly on the lake and what a wonderful view. The room was excellent, with 2 large windows. The breakfasts were a treat with all sorts of wonderful cakes and goodies. Not to good for the waist line! The breakfast room also overlooked the lake and on fine days you could I think eat outside. The hotel staff were very helpful and offered their help on every occasion we needed to ask questions. The hotel is in a central location within easy reach of everything.
Loved the Marconi
Stayed at Marconi March 2005. Have stayed 3 times before. Wonderful hotel. Rooms overlook Lake Garda. Huge buffet breakfast included in rate and free parking. It was 90 euros for a double with waterfront view and it own patio by lake. It is in center of Sirmione just few meters from castle and ferry landing. Have to tell police where you are staying before they let you drive across moat into Sirmione center. When you leave they give you a pianaforte for the road. It is a family run hotel. Can't wait to go again. Views are lovely day or night and is quiet because rooms face lake.