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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  • We were in Sirmione and took the opportunity to visit the caves of Catullo. There's a train service that takes you to the caves and we used it. It was worth the visit.
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  • A place that leaves you breathless... Huge and you can only imagine what this abode could be like. Maybe you lack a bit of signage to follow because when you walk, if you don't have a guide, you get lost in the magnificence of the garden and the view that leave you speechless. Highly recommended!
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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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