Villa Da Vinci, Sirmione
The apartment is a reasonably new development and the build is to a very high standard.
There is a wonderful communial pool which has a resident lifeguard during the high season, plus a jaccuzi and childrens pool. Please note that the pool is open from June - August only with the lifeguard present.
The apartment is on the 2nd floor (top) and is serviced by either stairs or lift right to the door.
There is underground parking and there are 6 bikes and sunbeds which can be used during the stay at no extra charge.
The apartment is fully furnished to a high standard and is really a second home to us.
We have purchased the tower which is accessed from within the apartment and an electric staircase.
This provides a great additional bedroom for 2 people which has panoramic views of the lake and mountains.
It has TV and X-box in it, great for the kids, not suitable for very young or elderly.
The bathroom is modern with a walk in shower, plus bidet.The washing machine is situated there also.
The lounge/dining/kitchen area can comfortably seat 6 people (the table extends to seat 8) and the balcony with built in barbecue can also seat 6 comfortably.
The lift comes straight from the underground double garage to outside the apartment door, great for shopping trips and suitcases.
The complex has some permanent residents (all Italian) as well as some apartments which are used for weekends and holidays by the owners
The site has a secure perimeter, gated access and gates to the underground car park.
The Lake is literally a 5-10 minute walk away as are shops for everyday needs.
There are 2 very large hypermarkets nearby (couple of miles) plus retail designer outlets.
There are many fantastic restuarants nearby some of which will have directions from the apartment found in the information book in the apartment, but most people find a new one and leave the cards in the book
For the children there is Gardaland, Italys' equivalent of Disneyland and every bit as good, plus large water parks nearby, zoo and other theme parks, all within 30-40 mins drive.
For people who just want to chill out, there are great walks around the Lake, all of the region is bike friendly with cycle tracks all over making it safe for children.
The Lake is fantastic for swimming, fishing or any of the many sports activities such as pedalos, boat hire, wind surfing etc.
The area is predominantly Italian as it is where they tend to go from Milan for their holidays so it is not over commercialised, although in the port of Sirmione there are night clubs for those who like to enjoy the night life but it is far enough away not to impact on the residents.
The restuarants are well priced and not loaded for the tourists, and you can enjoy fine Italian cuisine from between 10-75€ per person in the many restaurants.
Venice is approx 2 hours away by train, nearest station is Pescheira. Verona just 20 minutes and all served by an excellent road infrastructure.
The climate is normally fantastic as the lake has its own micro climate due to being surrounded by the mountains.
Temperatures around 30-35c are common from June onwards.
We have been going to this area for 6 years and have got to know a lot of good restuarants (and vineyards) and interesting places to visit.
There are still years to go before you will probably see everything.
The holiday can be as relaxed or as active as you like, its up to you.
Fantastic views of the mountains from the balcony on a clear day.
The complex is reasonably new and very well laid out.
It is of a very high standard.
The residents are mainly Italian.