Thanks to its favourable natural location the many historical ages have left Sirmione unforgettable marks.
The first palafittes go back to the Bronze Age (second millenium B.C.). In the Roman Age it was a holiday resort for high-ranking families.
In the 12th century Sirmione came under the Scaligeri rule that built the fortress and sourronded by walls.
In 1405 Sirmione came under the Venice rule, and in 1853 became part of the unified Kingdom of Italy.
Sirmione is famous and known throughout the world for its thermal waters, the works of intubation of the waters took place in the late 19th century.
Choosing Hotel Eden for a holiday in Sirmione means allowing oneself emotions that will be hard to forget. You will be entranced by the charming atmosphere of Garda Lake that over the centuries had enraptured the most sensitive minds.
Catullus, the Roman poet who lived in Sirmione, the city of kisses, fell in love:
"Kiss me a thousand times and still percent
then again and again a thousand percent
and after that and after a hundred thousand,
and then confuse the thousands
all together not knowing how ever,
because no malignant bad luck
knowing how many are our kisses. "
(87 B.C. - 54 B.C.)
In 1876 Johann Wolfgang Goethe wrote: “ I would really love having my friends here with me now, to share the beauty of the view lying in front of me ... The marvellous Garda Lake”
Moreover, Herbert Lawrence wrote in 1912: “ The lake is dark blue, reddened and clear as a jewel. Boats sail with their citron coloured sails.”
But not only.
By choosing Hotel Eden you will be surprised to find a design hotel that combines charm and history with the most modern comfort.
In May 1920, the famous writer Ezra Pound stayed at Hotel Eden. He was impressed by the atmosphere of the hotel and by the beauty of Sirmione, so he wrote his friend James Joyce as follows: “Dear Joyce: I feel at home here. I don't know what your engagements may be or if you are in good health to travel, but I would like you to stay here with me for a week at my expenses, I’d like you to be my guest. The place makes travelling worthwhile. Catullo and I assure you”.
Pound is right: you will feel “at home”, too.
And Maria Callas too...
Callas lived in Sirmione with her husband Giovanni Battista Meneghini.
"I'm not an angel and I do not pretend to be. It is not one of my roles "