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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.  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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  • Extremely interesting site that is very well presented. It was amazing to walk through ruins that date from 12BC - 14AD. The site is very large and is surrounded by the lake and a beautiful olive... 
    Extremely interesting site that is very well presented. It was amazing to walk through ruins that date from 12BC - 14AD. The site is very large and is surrounded by the lake and a beautiful olive...  more »
  • In Covid times it is important to book your visit in advance. Not all of the great „villa“ (I would call it palace) ruins are accessible, and you have to follow a strict route rather than stroll... 
    In Covid times it is important to book your visit in advance. Not all of the great „villa“ (I would call it palace) ruins are accessible, and you have to follow a strict route rather than stroll...  more »
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  • A worthwhile visit in Sirmione. Ancient Roman villa, the home of Roman poet Catullus... Poets obviously were valued during the Roman empire judging by the scale of this villa. Amazing views onto lake Garda.
  • Great place to discover in Sirmione. We have. Lovely walk reading all the information and with amazing views of the lake. We will recommend our visit. Moreover, all COVID-19 measures were taken

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