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Grotte di Catullo, Sirmione

#2 of 166 in Historic Sites in Province of Brescia
Ruin · Tourist Spot
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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  • 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 »
  • We went to sirmione for the castle and wasn't even waste of this place. So glad we got the joint ticket as i think we liked the ruins more than the castle. Amazing to think what this place was once...  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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