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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  • Not much to say, historical finds of immense importance, well preserved. To visit. Pleasant walk x get there.
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  • The spectacle that you can enjoy from the garden of the poet's mansion leaves you speechless... A couple of photos to document.
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  • It is a nice walk through the Sirmione Peninsula to get to these Roman remains of a Villa. Arriving there you are enjoying great views all around and can wander through some well preserved ruins. High...  more »
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  • Well worth the €8 entry fee. Spectacular views on a sprawling archaeological site. Very impressive villa, mosaic and brick herringbone road remnants. And a nice museum as well. I love the outdoors so didn't spend much time there. I would recommend a visit.
  • This was a marvellous old Roman villa on the tip of a piece of land on Lake Garda. There was quite a long walk to get there, especially if, like us, you couldn't find parking nearby and had to walk the over 2km stretch to get to the main tourist area by the castle. However it was well worth the walk. A beautiful place with magnificent views of the surrounding lake.
  • This place is beautiful and well worth the walk. Would love to give more detail but trust me, you should go.
  • Very interesting. The entrance is free if you students for archeology or history and maybe geography, but if you count on that you need to print some certificate and bring student card. The entrance is free also in the first sunday of each month.
  • Very interesting and good value for money. We would have stayed longer, but couldn't find anywhere to buy a drink and it was extremely hot. Be prepared if you go.
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