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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Grotte di Catullo Reviews
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 »
Price for entry was €6.00 per person. Worth the visit for the views from the top of the Castle. Beautiful space to walk around, we spent approx 1 hour walking around and looking at the views. more »
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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