The " Grotte di Catullo" , besides being the most important testimony of the finds of the Roman period in the territory Sirmionese , is considered the most b_200_160_4664885_00_images_catullo-sirmione.jpgmagnificent example of Roman villa discovered in northern Italy.

The archaeological complex , brought to light only partially , covered an area of about 20,000 square meters. The large villa , beneath which were found structures I. sec . BC , dates from the early I. sec . A.D. and is thought to have belonged to a member of the family of the Valerii , who became consul in 31 AD
Do not know the exact time and reason for the decline of the villa but the discovery of graves, both inside and outside the building, dating back to the IV - V century . A.D. indicates , however, that at the time was certainly already been abandoned.
The archaeological site is located at the southern end of the peninsula of Sirmione and is accessible only on foot - 1 km. about the Scaliger Castle - or, from April to ottoble , with an electric train , leaving from the square in front of the spa .


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