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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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  • Beautiful place of clear Romanesque derivation, these ruins are precious visit, and to the side is the Spa, where you can enjoy a spa with natural hot water... highly recommended
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  • In fact, this place in took the name of caves because he has long been covered by the vegetation and it was once thought that it was really caves. It is a beautiful and Grand Roman villa which would have belonged to a general and who could even serve as a holiday resort, a kind of 'holiday club' antique, for soldiers and deserving officers. Great views over Lake Garda. Personally I have never seen as big remains of Roman villas elsewhere... Note; To get there, you will pass in front of one of the houses of Maria Callas.
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  • Regretfully I have seen many horrible reviews for the same reason. We were in Sirmione on a Sunday in January, from the castle we walked all rushing to arrive on time at the mansion. We arrive at the front gate with breath ... were the 13.32! We knock on the glass and the "Lord", without even bothering to go out, we made two gestures for us to understand that it is closed and we have to go on. We are really OUTRAGED!! For two minutes couldn't get us?? And then will be how to behave? But education?!?! Give up, we sat on a bench nearby, and we noticed that up after 14.00 continued to out people. More than half an hour, then we wouldn't have had time for a little spin fast?! And all the while groups of unsuspecting tourists who came up there to see the caves ... Congratulations!
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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.