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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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  • Fantastic remains of an imposing Roman villa, definitely worth visiting. The lake view and certainly add value.
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  • Cannot visit Sirmione and not to travel to this wonderful archaeological complex which covers an area of two hectares, overlooking Lake Garda. The remains of this Roman villa, commonly called "Catullo" writings, and built in the 1st century AD, you can feel the history. The site is kept in really good condition and the Museum, whose entrance fee is included in your ticket, allows an excellent study of the prehistoric and Roman and medieval age in the area. Wonderful experience.
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  • Visit during a two-day trip during the feast of the Immaculate Conception: splendid! Impressive to say the least, certainly one of the things worth seeing in case you want to stay in Sirmione! Inside you can also visit the Museum with exhibits in addition to the archaeological site. Price of € 5 if full, 3 under 25 years and free for pensioners or guests under 18 years! Recommended!
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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.