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Roman Villa of Casale

Discover the best mosaic city in Sicily

Roman Villa of Casale

Near Piazza Armerina you will find the remains of the Roman Villa of Casale, one of the most luxurious country houses dating to late Roman age. The Villa is divided into various buildings at different levels along the natural slope.

This Villa is famous for the wonderful mosaic floors in practically every room. Mosaics of animals in laurel wreath circles decorate the great rectangular peristyle with its wide central fountain. In the bath gymnasium, it’s possible to see a richly vivacious and alive with movement chariot race scene.

One room is decorated with dancing scenes, another with pictures of the four seasons. One of the most interesting mosaics is the Little Hunt with five rows of scenes.  The most finely executed mosaic work is in the deambulatory on the northern side of the peristyle: this is also the site of the mosaic decoration known as the Great Hunt, with the personification of two imperial provinces, perhaps Egypt and Armenia.

In the central part, armed men hunt animals to give to the amphitheatres trying to catch them alive. You will see with your eyes a very naturalistic scene: in the panorama of Roman mosaic art, the realism and complexity of these scenes is almost unequalled.

Dating here is difficult: the Little Hunt might belong no later than the mid-4th century B.C., while the Great Hunt and the Massacre are late 4th and 5th century.

 

Piazza Armerina

Old medieval village of baroque style, it’s located on a hill at 700 meters above the sea level, near Villa Romana del Casale.

Sicilian Baroque, an architectural style used for monuments, churches and old buildings, makes Piazza Armerina a splendid city of art to visit. The stone used, strong and difficult to work, guarantees a perfect conservation of the artistic heritage of the city.

The visitor, strolling through the streets of the old town, has the feeling of reliving the ancient splendours completely immersed in an atmosphere of dense cultural charm.

You can visit both the 2 sites in a day.

 

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