Grotte di Catullo

Sirmione, Italy

The Grotte di Catullo was a large Roman villa on the end of the Sirmione peninsula. The villa, built around 150 AD, is the most important example of a high-class residence in the whole of northern Italy. Just after the entrance to the archaeological park one find the Museum, where objects brought to light during the excavation of the villa, and in archaeological work conducted in Sirmione and other localities of lake Garda, are displayed.

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Founded: 150 AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Italy

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Marco Antonio Gelsomino (5 days ago)
Very beautiful ancient roman ruins. It was really amazing to explore it. We had a lot of fun. We could make ourselves a picture in our minds on how daily life must have been for the people inhibiting or working in this place. It was such an amazing experience for all of us. We also quite enjoyed the stunning views of the see and the way to get there.
Marcus Lodwick (33 days ago)
If you're not a Catullus fan, skip this as honestly, and I say this as an archaeologist, there is nothing here to see but basement and foundation walls. You may say, wow those Romans chose a good spot, and you may say wow they built amazing three story terraces, but you ain't going to say wow look what the Romans did for us. Also the villa is later than Catullus, so he did not tread these basement corridors...but it may have been built on his earlier villa. We know so little of Catullus other than his poems -the one about his girlfriends pet sparrow being one of the most famous - and that he had at Sirmione. The museum tries hard to promote the fresco of a man in a toga - and a very splendid fresco it is - worth visiting the museum just for this - as being of Catullus but their circular arguments are not convincing. Unfortunately.
Sue Shepherd (2 months ago)
It’s hilly and the pathways are gravel l, so wear sensible shoes. You can walk amongst part of the ruins which is nice. There’s also a ‘beach’ cafe you can stop at which is nice.
Carolina Rebelo (2 months ago)
If you like history and you are curious about the Romans, this is an amazing visit! It's one of the most well-preserved roman villas. You can clearly understand how it was and be impressed with the brilliance they had to have back then to build something that is still so preserved today! Besides that - THE VIEWS - I fell in love!
Anthony Hamilton (5 months ago)
Walked up in Feb. Was a cool day easy 1km walk up a wide gentle road. €6 gets you in. Year pass €21 & combined ticket for the castle is €8. The villas is worth the walk. Its more than 2000 years old. Don't forget your bathing costume Jamacia beach, top tip bring footwear to swim with beach is rocky.
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