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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Benoit Boiteux (18 months ago)
Wonderful place! We recommend to come early morning to avoid the tourists flow!
Terry Hearldon (18 months ago)
If you want to get right into the nitty gritty of Italian history this is a good place to start. Well worth a visit
Inci Sirman (19 months ago)
I looked for their schedule repeatedly. It specifically says on their website they are open Tuesday to Sunday. I arrived Monday in Sirmione and had to leave the next day. Specifically got up early to go there before leaving. No - they were closed. Just a handwritten papersign saying closed on Tuesday. Several people in village and hotel knew that. I could have gone there Monday. Very disappointed.
Pip Toogood (2 years ago)
These ruins of an enormous Roman palace are pretty difficult to interpret unless you know a reasonable amount about Roman architecture. Most of the palace itself has disappeared, so you are basically wandering around the basement most of the time, imagining what the buildings above would have looked like. There are a few signs and maps which help a bit, and the views are brilliant. The site is surrounded by an ancient olive grove which still produces olive oil. We visited on a cloudy day, but it would be lovely to come when it's hot and picnic under the olive trees.
Brendon Hitchcock (2 years ago)
Impressive ruins if a once spectacular villa. A must see and entry is inexpensive and can include combined ticket to the castle. Good place to get some peace and quiet away from the busy town and if you take some lunch from one of the deli's on the way is a far nicer place than the crowded restaurants (and cheaper too). Good place for spotting the locale lizards
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