Hotel Catullo, founded in 1888, held the first public commerce licence in Sirmione and is one of Italy's historical hotels. It takes its name from the famous poet born hereabouts, one of the young so-called “new” poets who made a lasting mark on Latin poetry, mainly with themes of eroticism and lov...
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Hotel Catullo, founded in 1888, held the first public commerce licence in Sirmione and is one of Italy's historical hotels. It takes its name from the famous poet born hereabouts, one of the young so-called “new” poets who made a lasting mark on Latin poetry, mainly with themes of eroticism and love. Several verses have become eternal - still cited throughout the world - and which return in elegant frescoes on the hotel walls, on the various floors leading to the rooms.
The hotel has been owned by the Barelli family, which also manages Hotel Pace, for many years, and therefore offers consolidated hotelier tradition. Family management combines a modern style, with careful attention to welcoming an international and demanding clientele.
The hotel was restored in 1991 and completely renewed with focus on the best functionality and aesthetic elegance, by privileging contemporary architecture and class aesthetic detail. The hotel stands on the lake at the town centre and has a private car park a few meters away.
There are fifty-six rooms, all reached by lift: some face the Garda lake and have more classic and sophisticated furnishings, with a 360 degree panoramic view.
The hotel restaurant is very large and luminous thanks to the generous glazing, opening up the visual field and offering a sensation of freedom and ideal merging with the surrounding landscape. The restaurant overlooks the impressive garden, recalling the architecture of the gardens of ancient Roman patrician residences, or of the holiday villas of nineteenth-century nobility.
A very broad jetty, reserved exclusively for hotel guests, offers sun-beds and parasols, plus a small bar for the convenience of guests wishing to directly enjoy all the comfort of sunbathing or a dive into the waters at Sirmione, some of the cleanest of Lake Garda.
A large, top-floor terrace with an extraordinary lake-view, is the ideal setting for parties and aperitifs - an area soon to become a roof garden with its own bar.