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.
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  • Worth the visit, great views of the lake as well as an understanding of Roman life on the lake. Well kept external area, and interesting museum full of artifacts  more »
  • There is a lot more to see here than at the castle. It is worth the walk to the very tip of the peninsula to see the ruins. There is a small museum to walk through where they have placed some...  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.
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