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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$177 BOOK WITH VIATOR Guided tour in Sirmione with motorboat tour Guided tour in Sirmione with motorboat tour
Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes
$370 BOOK WITH VIATOR A walking tour and a mini-cruise in Sirmione A walking tour and a mini-cruise in Sirmione
Duration: 7 hours
Grotte di Catullo reviews
I'll keep this simple. We looked forward to experience exploring the old ruins . However after being told as we entered the place closed at 1900 hrs (we entered at 1625) we thought we had more than..... more
I'll keep this simple. We looked forward to experience exploring the old ruins . However after being told as we entered the place closed at 1900 hrs (we entered at 1625) we thought we had more than..... more »
It was an enjoyable experience to walk around the remains of what must have been an amazing villa and the views are magnificent. The negative side of the visit was that there were no catering...
It was an enjoyable experience to walk around the remains of what must have been an amazing villa and the views are magnificent. The negative side of the visit was that there were no catering... more »
A historical gem! It's beyond words how interesting this location is. I enjoyed climbing the stairs and seeing the preserved artifacts. One can only imagine the about of construction needed to create this location. Likewise, how many people it took to service this place.
If you come for the CMBYN arch, sorry that section is now closed for visitors. You can only watch at a distance. That’s a bummer. The heat is incredible and there’s not much shade so be prepared. The ticket costs €8. On the other end of the site lies another exit/entrance point to the beach. You can visit the beach and re-enter with your ticket.
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