Last year over 200,000 people visited the Grotte Di Catullo in Sirmione and it's easy to see why. This archaeological site was the location of a villa owned by Catullo, a 1st century Roman poet. The remains extend over an area of 5 acres and the situation at the tip of the Sirmione Peninsulaq is spectacular. Magical. A perfect location for a grand design. And what a grand design. Excavations began in 1939 and it's the best example of a villa found in northern Italy. The rectangular villa measures 167 x 105 metres. One large side faces forward onto the lake. The new museum at the entrance to the site contains preserved sections of frescoes and other archaeological finds. The model of the villa is fascinating as is the introductory video. And it's cool too – a great place to escape the heat. The clean toilets are a bonus. Entrance is a bargain 4 euros. A wonderful site to visit.