Lago di Garda. SIRMIONE. 40. Route. 231
railway-station (branch-line under construction) 50 c per pers.; each large
piece of luggage 25 c. One-horae carriage to Sirmione or San Martino
(p. 218) 4, Saló and Gardone-Riviera, 8-9 fr. The drivers usually try to
overcharge. — Boat to Sirmione with one rower 5, with two 8 fr.
Desenzano, a busy town with 4300 inhab., visited only by pass¬
ing tonrists, lies atthe S.W. angle of the lake, and is a station on the
railway from Milán to Verona (p. 218). Fine view from the Break-
water. Large market on Tuesdays.
West Bank ebom Desenzano to Riva. The steamers cali flrst at
Sirmione (P; Hót. Regie Terme, near the castle, at the S. end of the
village, pens. 7-8 fr., also a bathing-establishment, bath 174-2 fr.;
Hót. Sirmione, pens. 6-7 fr., incl. wine, near the pier, with small
garden on the lake; Albergo Catullo, Italian, very fair; Hót. d'Italie;
Pens. Scaligeri), a fishing-village near the N. end of the narrow
promontory of the same ñame, projecting 272 M. into the lake, about
372 M. to the E. of Desenzano, and not quite half-way to Peschiera
(p. 218). One-horse carr. from Sirmione to Peschiera, 1 pers. 3 fr.,
each addit. pers. 1 fr. — Sirmione (no mosquitoes) is a favourite
Germán resort in spring and autumn and is yisited by many Italians
in summer for the sake of its sulphur-baths.
The village adjoins the handsome ruin of a Castle of the Scaligers
(p. 245; view from the tower; fee). From the N. end of the village a
pretty footpath leads to the right, passing the olive-clad height (315 ft.), on
which stands the little church of San Pietro, and along the E. shore of the
peninsula to O/4 hr.) its N. extremity, where we obtain a charming "View
(best in the evening) of the lake. Here are the so-called Grotte di Catullo,
the conaiderable relie* of a Román building (4tb cent.?) extending into
the lake, aaid to have been the country-house of Catullus, who wrote his
poema here ('peninsularum, Sirmio, insularumque ocelle'). Tennyson
celebrates 'olive-silvery' Sirmio and its connection with Catullus in one
of the most musical of his short poems. — The Bóiolu, a warm sulphur-
spring (149°) rising in the lake not far to the E., has been utilized in the
new bath-establishment since 1897 by means of a pipe 985 yds. long.
For the excursión to Sun Martino (omn. 1 fr.) comp. p. 218.
From Sirmione the steamboat steers past the abrupt Cape Ma-
nerba (715 ft.), and sometimes touches at the villages of Manerba
(B) and San Felice di Scovolo (B). It then threads the rocky channel
between the Valtenese (p. 232) and the beautiful crescent-shaped
Isola di Garda, with a modern Gothic cháteau belonging to the
Duchess Deferrari (visitors admitted to the island from Feb. to April
on Sun., 9-4), steers to the W., and enters the bay of —
Saló (P). — Hotels. Grand Hotel Saló, in an open situation beside
the lake, near the steam-tramway station Saló-Carmine (p. 229), with lift,
steam-heating, railway-ticket office, motor-boat, and beautiful garden,
R- 372-4, B. 172, D. 372-4, S. 272-31/2, pens. from 8 fr., closed Jnne-Aug.;
Hót.-Pens. Daheim, on tbe Gardone road, with restaurant and garden,
R. from 3, B. 1, D. 3-372, pens. from 77¿ fr.; Hót. Vittoria, R. from 2 fr.,
very fair; Alb. Baviera, unpretending, these two by the pier, with restau¬
rants, Germán. — Pensión Villa Betuna; Pens. Villa Halkyone (formerly the
residence of O. E. Hartleben); Pens. Villa Garda. — Café-Restaurant.
Ristorante Borra, Piazza Vitt. Emanuele.
Money Changers: Banca Popolare; Castagna.
Steam Tramway (Bresciu-Tormini-Saló-Gardone-Maderno), see p. 2J).