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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  • This place is huge. I found it hard to imagine the scale of this place as it was built 2000 years ago. The compound feels like a city, not a very wealthy person’s home / business operation. It...  more »
  • Fascinating trip around an old villa which was then converted into a castle. The olive grove and museum were pretty amd interesting. Worth buying a joint ticket for ruins and castle €14  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 is one of the biggest villas I've ever seen. No interior decoration but the structure is amazing. A nice little museum. A marvellous position on the lake. No evidence Catullus was ever there!

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