Catullo's Grotto, Sirmione

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  • Address: Piazza Orti Manara 4 | Tip of Sirmione Peninsula, 25019 Sirmione, Italy
  • Timings: 08:30 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +39-030916157
  • Ticket Price: 6 EUR
  • Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Educational Site, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Archaeological Site , Specialty Museum, Heritage Building
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About Catullo's Grotto, Sirmione

This archaeological site is an ancient Roman villa, built between 100B.C – 100 A.D. It covers about two acres of some of Sirmione’s most beautiful land. The estate has a large open-air section in the centre, a garden park. There really are no words to describe how magnificent this place is, how well planned, or elegantly laid out – you have to see it for yourself. The highlights are:

  • The Loggias and the terraces
  • The gardens and flower beds
  • The Cryptoporticus carved from natural bedrock
  • The olive grove that surrounds the area

The museum to the Grotto was opened in 1999; it houses the many artefacts uncovered from the excavation site. It contains beautiful Pompeian frescoes, fragments of stucco and architecture. The museum also presents a brief history of the Sirmion area and houses other artefacts found from nearby areas and old villages submerged now in the lake.

Catullo's Grotto Information

  • Limited disability accessible.
  • Wear comfy shoes.
  • Leashed dogs are allowed, but not in the museum.
  • No picnics, bikes or scooters.
  • Beach not accessible from here.

Catullo's Grotto Ticket Prices

  • EUR 3 for Europeans between 18-25 years of age.
  • Free for under 18.
  • Free on first Sunday of the month.

Catullo's Grotto Opening and Closing Hours

Closed Tuesdays if preceding Monday is a holiday.

Winter (November – March approx.)

  • Tuesday-Saturday: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (archaeological); 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM (Museum)
  • Holidays: 8:30 AM to 02:00 PM.

Summer (April-October approx.)

  • Tuesday-Saturday: 8:30 AM to 07:30 PM.
  • Holidays: 9:30 AM to 06:30 PM.

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