Thanks to its geographical position, the peninsula of Sirmione has been a privileged location to live since ancient times.
There are numerous signs still today of its long and uninterrupted history; something that is rarely seen in other historical towns.
Beginning the 1st century B.C., the tip of the peninsula became the place to live by rich Veronese families, one of these being the Valeri family. From this family came the poet Catullo (87-59 B.C.) which, through his poems, sang the beauty of Sirmione and the homes that he owned there. At the end of the 1st century B.C. began the 1st century A.D., rising along with it two of the greatest Roman villas built: one known as "Catullo's Cave" and another one that has recently resurfaced between piazetta Mosaici, via Vittorio Emanuele, and via Antiche Mura.