Catullus was an important literary figure form the late Roman republic period.
Why? It is mainly because of his influence in matters of style
(His) poems describe the lifestyle of Catullus and his friends, who, despite Catullus’s temporary political post in Bithynia, appear to have lived withdrawn from politics. They were interested mainly in poetry and love. Above all other qualities, Catullus seems to have sought venustas (attractiveness, beauty) and lepidus (charm). The ancient Roman concept of virtus (i.e. of virtue that had to be proved by a political or military career), which Cicero suggested as the solution to the societal problems of the late Republic, are interrogated in Catullus.
In other words, he attempted to revive a sense of delight in being, and even Julius Caesar valued his wit, despite the fact that Catullus mocked him.
… Catullus (does not reject traditional notions), merely their monopolized application to the active life of politics and war. Indeed, he tries to reinvent these notions from a personal point of view and to introduce them into human relationships. For example, he applies the word fides, which traditionally meant faithfulness towards one’s political allies, to his relationship with Lesbia and reinterprets it as unconditional faithfulness in love. So, despite the seeming frivolity of his lifestyle, Catullus measured himself and his friends by quite ambitious standards.
But Catullus is mainly focused on himself as meriting love. – physical love.
He loved his home town of Sirmione, on Lake Garda.
And one can find near there ruins of a most impressive Roman villa called the Grottoes of Catullus. Catullus did have a house there. But the villa was built long after Catullus had died.
The villa, which covers an area of about two hectares on a rocky spur, featured long porticoes and terraces overlooking the lake. The central part was occupied by an extensive garden, and today houses the Grande Oliveto (Great Olive Grove); throughout the archaeological area, there are currently around 1500 olive groves, some centuries-old, belonging to three different varieties of olives from the Lake Garda area. In recent years, the harvest of olives to produce the historic Grotte di Catullo extra virgin olive oil has been revived.
Strolling there, you might feel once again the inner delight that Catullus expressed at the privileges of love.