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A lot of remains witness the Romans civilization, even regarding summer residences on Lake Garda.


Since the 1st century B.C., Catullus, a Veronese Poet described the beauty of Sirmione, and he defined himself as the “Lord of Sirmione” since he used to spend lots of time in the family properties … Desenzano, on the other side, has been chosen by a Patrician from Milan and a simple country house has become an elegant residence.


The aim of this itineray is to underline the archaeological feature of Lake Garda visiting these important sites, as regards the dimension and the decoration.


The guide meets the group in Sirmione at 9.30 a.m.

Visit of Sirmione, its historic centre with Scaliger Fortress (external visit), parish church dedicated to Saint Mary the Greatest and, most important thing, the Roman Villa called “ Catullus’ Grottoes”. There are no decorations but impressive perimeter structures and an outstanding panorama. Excavation works, since the end of the 19th century, have brought to light the largest private building of the Roman era, in Northern Italy.

Lunch – typical restaurant

At 3.00 p.m.  We move to Desenzano, to visit another Roman Villa, this time, late Empire Period, that complete the visit of the archaeological site in Sirmione.  

Floor mosaics are preserved representing daily life scenes: fishing cherubs, cherubs gathering grapes … hunting scenes … young girls interlacing garlands … A magnificent range! Remains of hypocausta and fresco decorations.                                                                                                                  

Tickets: Catullus’ Grottoes € 8,00 – free tickets are available for those less than 18. - Closing on Tuesdays. Roman Villa in Desenzano: € 4,00 p.p. – free tickets are available for those less than 18. - Closing on Mondays.