One day in Sirmione

Sirmione is an amazing pearl on lake Garda you should visit: it is situated at the bottom end of Lake Garda and juts out into the lake on a thin peninsula. A Scaglieri castle dominates the town like so many other resorts on Lake Garda, but here old drawbridge is the only way in to an absolutely charming pedestrian only town surrounded by the waters of Lake Garda.

During the centuries Sirmione amazed many influential artists like Gaius Valerius Catullus who lived in the 1st century BC. His family owned a villa in Sirmione whose ruins are one of the most visited spots in town. Later on, Alfred Tennyson described in a poem his impressions of Sirmione in the summer of 1880. Italian writers who wrote about Sirmione include Giosuè Carducci, Antonio Fogazzaro and Gabriele D’Annunzio. But also Ezra Pound and James Joyce fell in love with the city in 1920 while divine opera singer Maria Callas had a villa in Sirmione.

For an unforgettable daytrip reach Sirmione from Bellerive by car or (suggested!) with Navigarda public boat service – Summer 2011 timetable here.

And now a tip from Youtube to enjoy a 10 minute virtual visit to Sirmione


Tips for a cloudy day


View from Bellerive roof terrace

Cloudy days are not frequent on Gardalake at all. But if this happen, do not worry: there are so many alternatives to the beach!

Here are some tips for those days (but also for when sun shines, why not?)

  • Museo Santa Giulia in Brescia – an exhibition area of about 14,000 square meters which tells 3000 years of history;
  • Il Vittoriale degli Italiani in Gardone Riviera – the home of the poet Gabriele D’Annunzio declared a national monument. Nine acres offering a complex of buildings, squares, avenues and fountains including the War Museum, the Mausoleum, an auditorium and much more.
  • Franciacorta Outlet – perfect for shopping addicted, it is a center entirely dedicated to fashion where manufacturers of the most prestigious brands offer their best collections at outlet prices.
  • Visit to a wine cellar – it is the best way to discover  excellent wines! And, of course, to taste and buy some.
  • Casa di Giulietta in Verona – the most evocative place that Shakespeare could imagine, the most romantic visit that lovers can do.
  • Aquaria in Sirmione – enjoy gorgeous thermal baths located by the lake. Get pampered by hydromassage, hot water and spa treatments!

Need more tips? Just ask Bellerive reception staff.

Night at the theatre


Il Vittoriale degli Italiani is in Gardone Riviera, only few kilometers from Salò, direction north.

It was home of the poet Gabriele D’Annunzio who donated to the Italian people. In 1925 this magnificent dwelling was declared a national monument.

It occupies a vast land of nine acres is located in a complex of buildings, squares, avenues and fountains including the home of the poet known as the Priory, the War Museum, the Mausoleum, an auditorium where is kept the plane in which the writer made the famous flight on Vienna, the outdoor theater built on the models of antiquity, which can accommodate 1500 people and was opened in 1953 with the Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, since houses in July and August, a season of performances, the Summer Festival.

Some events for this summer:

21 July Romeo e Giulietta Theatre
23 July Raffaele Paganini Ballet
25 July Noa Concert
30 July Flamenquevive Ballet
08 August Aida Opera
15 August Giselle Ballet
18 August Jesus Christ Superstar Musical

See the full program here

As usual, Bellerive guests receive full assistance for info and ticket bookings.

Don’t miss the opportunity to live an extraordinary night at the theatre.