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Grotte di Catullo, Sirmione

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Explore one of the region’s main landmarks, Grotte di Catullo, the most striking example of a private Roman edifice discovered in this part of the country. The site, built on a rectangular plan over previously abandoned structures, is a ruin of a three-story villa erected around the year 150 CE. Contrary to its name, this is neither a grotto, nor is it likely to have ever belonged to the famed poet Catullus. The owners were a local wealthy family that often hosted the distinguished poet, which is probably where the name comes from. Near the entrance into the site you can visit a small museum, which houses numerous items found in the villa, including fragments of frescoes, mosaic tiles, ceramics, and coins.  Put Grotte di Catullo and other Sirmione attractions into our Sirmione itinerary planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • I am not an expert on art or poets, but enjoyed it very much. then a breathtaking view of the Lake. Besides, first Sunday of the month are free, so enjoy!
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  • I took advantage of a break with my husband in SIRMIONE realax and it was a stage almost mandatory. Spectacular view!!
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  • If you want to walk around the ruins of of a massive roman ruin overlooking Lake Garda at the northern tip of Sirmione then you must visit. Concepts of what the villa may have looked like along with a...  more »
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  • Take the side pathways that lead to the northest part. You will have to go between the cliffs and the water, but it is safe if water is calm. You will be able to reach the end of Sirmione where you could fine a great view.
  • EN: Magnificent ruins of a Roman villa with 2000 years of history. This place is surrounded by one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy. Cheap entry fee. IT: Merita! Una fastosa villa romana incorniciata dal bellissimo lago di Garda, luogo ideale per il rilassamento. Il biglietto costa poco ES: Hermosisima casa romana completamente rodeada por uno de los lagos màs bellos que tiene Italia. Ademàs la entrada cuesta poco.
  • Nice place! Amazing to see what they build in the past. Such a big building!
  • Very interesting history. We especially enjoyed learning about the Romans in the education centre. The walk down to the northernmost tip of Sirmione is worth it for the views right up the centre of lake Garda
  • Interesting place. its a bit of a walk so put on your walking shoes. A small electric caravan can drive you from the city to the museum for 1€ person.