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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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  • The place has a museum but we went first to explore the ruins because we had little time. From the top you have a spectacular view of the Lake and the arches where you can take nice photos. The entrance has a cost.
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  • Very nice site to see absolutely. The archaeological site is splendid. Stroll among the olive trees. The place offers amazing views of Lake Garda. Only downside: all information is in Italian... too bad.
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  • The remains of this extensive roman villa are stunning in their scale and degree of preservation. Dating to before the birth of Christ, they offer a remarkable vision of the ambition and ability of th...  more »
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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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