Catullo's Grotto, Sirmione

About Catullo's Grotto, Sirmione

Catullo's Grotto, Sirmione - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price

Address: Piazza Orti Manara 4 | Tip of Sirmione Peninsula, 25019 Sirmione, Italy

Phone: +39-030916157

Ticket Price: 6 EUR

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Time Required: 04:00 Hrs

Timings: 08:30 am - 05:00 pm Details

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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.

Restaurants Near Catullo's Grotto

  • Lido delle Bionde

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Catullo's Grotto, Sirmione Reviews - Write a Review

  • Excellent and interesting ruins of a Roman villa. Lots of helpful signs. Note that English is on the reverse of the signs as you walk around the ruins so easily missed. Only down side was the fact that the museum had no translation to English text but seeing as we are in Italy I consider any English a bonus and wouldn't detract a star for that. A fascinating day out

  • An unique place which deserves a visit if you are around! Sirmione is also a beautiful city full of lovely shops.

  • The place still tells a story about its magnificent Roman past even if what remains is just a small part of once grandeur structure. Definitely worth visiting.

  • Amazing location with views from three sides of the peninsula - a must see if you are visiting Sirmione. Well maintained and explained. Lots of steps might prevent access for people in wheelchairs or with limited mobility.

  • Please recognise the helpfulness of my review, by pressing the LIKE button! We visited Sirmione, the promontory stretching several kilometres into Lake Garda, on 14 August 2017. The visit to the site of a Roman Villa was the highlight of our trip. It sits right at the top of the promontory. It is a very beautiful setting, the ruins nestled amongst olive groves and with great views over the lake. Our only regret was the limited time we had left ourselves to explore and our visit was a little too hurried.

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