Grotte di Catullo, Sirmione

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.  To visit Grotte di Catullo on your holiday in Sirmione, and find out what else Sirmione has to offer, use our Sirmione trip itinerary tool .
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  • I visited this place a couple of days ago, unaccompanied tour lasting approximately one hour. We parked and we get the walking path in Sirmione (7:00 = €15.40). The location is slightly uphill but doable, if not you can take the train for a fee. The "caves" are very nice and they also enjoy great views! I want to say that architecture students are free of charge, just to show the University booklet/tile. Personally advice to carry in your backpack even costume, towel and sunscreen because as soon as you exit this visit can make a street next to the ticket office to get off the beach (Beach Jamaica), to cool off a little and spend a leisurely afternoon. Recommended visit!
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  • We spent quite a short amount of time here as it was a very hot day and all the kids were interested in was getting down to Giamaica Beach, (which you clearly see when entering the ruins) and into the...  more »
  • Among the many things we saw in Sirmione I recommend a visit to the grotto of Catullus. Very nice well taken care of and explanations present in totems are more than enough for those who want to receive an education. To see.
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  • It was amazing to see Roman ruins and in suck a beautiful place. I wish it was sunny when I went because it would have been amazing. The museum was also quite interesting. That being said, I did get in for free so I do not know if it would be worth the price.
  • Nice area with ruins to explore. The view over the lake is fantastic. Abit steep price of 6 euro for an adult though. While in the area take the path down to Jamaica beach by the sea (there is a bar there)!
  • Increíble lugar! Una de las mejores ruinas que vi , las vistas son realmente increíbles , una obligada visita si estas en Sirmione. La entrada es barata y lo vale!
  • Scenic area, beautiful views. A must see place for a day. Lots of things to do here, with a lot of walking that can be done. The main parking area is very full, and also put enough in the meter! Police are walking constantly ticketing peoples vehicles.
  • It's a wonderful place, amazing history and scenic views. Unfortunately like many other Italian attractions is lacking a bit on services like bars , souvenir shops and restaurants.

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