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Grotte di Catullo, Sirmione

Categories: Ruins, Tourist Spots
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4.3/5 based on 2,200+ reviews on the web
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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  • We took the little 'train' for 1 Euro to the Grotte and enjoyed a coffee at the pretty little cafe before going into the area. We decided to see the museum first and it's really well done with some am...  read more »
  • At the end of the old town you find the Grotto. For around 6 euros you are given entry. After seeing some photographic history of the site in the small museum, there is a walk around the ancient ruins...  read more »
  • Recommendation for a visit is the morning. Entrance fee of €6 per person. The distance from the fortress about 15-20 minutes on foot. The small train for non runners for one-way € 1 fare. We needed about 1 hour for the tour with a museum. You should schedule the times for the parking ticket.
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  • Great location with spectacular views. Very pleasant to walk through while learning some history
  • Good roman site, some huge tall arches, magnificent location and views, 6 euro entry fee is good value.
  • just beautiful! They could maintain this place better, but it looks really historic this way.
  • Really great ruins. If you are interested in the Romans or in architecture it is well worth the visit. The information is in both English and in Italian meaning tourists don't have to feel foreign. It is a bit of a walk from the ferry but is easy enough.
  • Did not expect such a big area. Lovely place to relax and enjoy lake and landscape! Fair price: 6€/person
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