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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  • Beautiful although a whimsical day accompanied me during your visit! We must encourage a visit from these artworks, open air museums!
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  • Worth the ticket price, excellent well preserved structure that brings to life the era of Roman splendor and what he could represent his past inside a museum with many artifacts found in the ruins
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  • Is a must for me required. A beautiful stroll to admire the panoramic view of Lake Garda is to shoot amid the remains of this impressive villa romana. Beautiful!
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  • Nice bar for chilling out after or before beach. We tried Mojito, not bad for 7€ with potato chips, peanuts and fried corns freely provided. Nice place to Come with friends ;)
  • Perfect location for a cold drink near the top of the Sirmione peninsula. Relatively small drinks and menu card. The sandwiches are small and expensive, but the drinks have standard prices. Close to the entrance of the old Roman villa.
  • Nice but bit pricy place...
  • Tourist trap This place is a scam
  • Fine coffee

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