Hotel Catullo

  • Lake Garda, Italy, Sirmione

  • 3.5

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Since it first opened its doors in 1888, Hotel Catullo has been known for its excellent service and family hospitality. It’s a wonderful mix of new and old world décor with classically designed rooms, antique furniture and modern amenities.

On Sirmione's waterfront

The building's exterior extends right to the waterfront where there's a private lakeside terrace. It’s the perfect place to relax and take a dip in the lake. We love the restaurant here, it's spacious and airy with French doors opening out into the garden. When it's warm you can have you dinner right on the lakeside, a gorgeous place to enjoy the sunset!

Great base for exploring Lake Garda

The ferry port's just a short walk from the hotel so getting out to other resorts is incredibly easy. Sirmione itself is bursting with culture, pottery cafés and delicatessens selling locally produced olive oil, wines and gelato. The hotel's also close to some of the best beaches on the lake including Sirmione Beach, which is known for its quiet surroundings and the stunning Parco Baia delle Sirene in the resort of Garda, which is just a short ferry ride away.

Transfer time: approx. 45 mins by coach from Verona airport.

Added value

Free use of hotel's city bikes

Inghams rep based in resort

Flights and airport transfers included


Look at a map of Lake Garda, and you’ll see a delicate peninsula unfurling from the southern shore. This is Sirmione – one of the most striking towns in the Italian Lakes. It packs a lot into that thread of land, too. Scaligero Castle is the photogenic crown, but there are also medieval lanes, a beach, Roman ruins, olive groves, thermal spas and a glut of gelaterie to explore – and all on traffic-free streets. Beyond the historic centre, you can continue with lakeside strolls along the promenade or board one of the many ferries that hop between the glimmering towns on Lake Garda’s shore.

Scaligero Castle: immerse yourself in history

Sirmione is framed by jewel-green water and spectacular views on three sides. A moat marks the entrance to the pedestrian-friendly historic centre at the end of the peninsula. Cross it to Scaligero Castle, which was designed to be an all-seeing defensive outpost for the Della Scala family, who ruled the Verona region in the 13th and 14th centuries. Climb all the way up to the balustrade and tower for a bird’s eye view of the terracotta-tiled, green-shuttered streets below. From here, you can also admire the brooding mountains on the more northerly shores of Lake Garda.

Walking away from the crowds

Most people visiting Sirmione are day-trippers who mill around the castle and harbour before going on their way. But by staying for a walking holiday in Sirmione, you’ll have the time to explore the whole 3km-long peninsula (and its famous gelato shops) at leisure. One of the best walks is over-looked by many visitors. Simply continue beyond the castle to the Roman ruins of Grotte di Catullo at the far end of the peninsula. Jamaica Beach sits below, accessed via a path through silvery olive groves.

From Roman spa town to luxury lake-view spas

The spa-loving Romans were the first people recorded to enjoy the waters of Sirmione. These days, weary wanderers can still soothe their legs with a soak in one of thermal baths. Sulphuric, iodine-rich water heats the lake-view pools of stylish spas to a balmy 36°C. For more in the way of relaxation, finish the day with dinner by the lake. For all it attracts day-trippers by the hundreds, Sirmione is a relaxed spot for a drink by the water on a lazy evening after the crowds depart.

Take to Lake Garda

Sailing boats glide across the lake, while canoes and paddle boards are available for hire if you prefer paddle power. Ferries and boat tours are a relaxed option for exploring the rest of Lake Garda. They make a beeline for Bardolino (home of the famous red wine), Garda (for Venetian architecture and prom walks), and Riva del Garda and Limone (pretty gateways to mountainous footpaths). You can even get to Verona in less than an hour by bus.

Why book a summer holiday in Sirmione with Inghams?

At Inghams, we do walking holidays differently. With no fixed itinerary, you have more time in your destination and the freedom to walk as much or as little as you like, discovering some of the Sirmione's best walking routes and activities at your own pace.

With over 85 years of outdoor travel experience, our holiday packages to the Sirmione include flights, transfers, and accommodation, so you can relax and leave the small details to us. Our experts can help you choose the best holiday for you, and our team in resort can give you the inside scoop on how to spend your time away with us.

  • No. of rooms: 55
  • No. of floors: 4
  • No. of interconnecting rooms: 4
  • Official rating: 3

Local Fees and Taxes

A tourist tax of approx. €1.50 per person per night is payable locally, applies to guests age 14 and over.


Standard Rooms are about 20m² and sleep up to three people (extra bed is a single sofa bed). They have piazza or side lake views double or twin beds (triple rooms are available on request).

Lake View Rooms are about 25m² and sleep up to three people (extra bed is a single sofa bed). They have a balcony overlooking the lake.

Standard Rooms for sole use are also available.

All rooms have:

  • Air-conditioning
  • TV
  • Bath with showerhead
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Safe


Please note, there are no adapted rooms at this hotel.

  • Lift accessible: Yes
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • Access ramp: No

Please let us know about any accessibility requirements at the time of booking.

  • In the centre of Sirmione
  • Lakefront position
  • 150 metres to the ferry port
  • 500 metres to the bus station

Hotel Facilities

  • Private lakeside jetty with step access to the lake
  • Free pool towels provided
  • Garden and lakeside terrace with sun loungers
  • Live music in the garden (once a week, subject to weather conditions)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Grifo parking (500 metres away, payable locally)
Family Facilities
  • Cots are available on request, free of charge

A buffet breakfast is provided each morning with freshly baked pastries, local jams and hot options including eggs, bacon and sausages. 

Dinner is a choice of four courses. The restaurant is full of character with a decorative mix of vintage paintings, quirky statues and trinkets. You can enjoy fresh fish dishes and platefuls of pasta. The food is great quality and freshly made using local ingredients. There's also a fantastic wine list to go with it!

The bar service opens up onto the terrace and gardens throughout the day - it's a great place to watch the sunset.

Board basis options available

  • Half Board

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegans
  • Vegetarians

Please let us know of any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

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per person from £709
09/10/2024 - 3 nights
2 adults
From London Gatwick
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Hotel Catullo
Lake Garda, Sirmione
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