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Roman Villa del Casale Tour 2022

Villa del Casale, SP90, Piazza Armerina, Province of Enna, Italy
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Duration

one and half hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

6 people

Languages

English

Overview

Roman Villa del Casale Tour

The Mosaics of the Roman Villa del Casale near Piazza Armerina

Whatever the reason for your stay in Sicily,  a visit to the Roman mosaics  in Piazza Armerina is something you shouldn’t miss. The Roman Villa del Casale tour is an extraordinary cultural experience that will plunge you  into the Roman civilisation of the late empire and provide an insight into significant aspects of the daily life of the ancient Romans.

The Villa Romana del Casale near Piazza Armerina (Enna) is located in the valley of the Gela river, on the slopes of Mount Mangone. It is a unique example of a prestigious residence of the Western Roman Empire, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

According to the first studies, the owner of the property was Emperor Maximilian Herculean, one of the members of Diocletian’s tetrarchy. The most recent studies identify him as a high-ranking member of the Roman senatorial aristocracy, to whom the Philosophiana landed estate also belonged. According to this hypothesis, the villa was the temporary residence of the owner of the latifundium, but also served as its administrative centre.

The mosaics, which are almost certainly the work of North African craftsmen, cover the floors of the public and private rooms of the villa for about 3500 square metres and testify to the high rank of the owner. Not to be forgotten are the girls in bikinis, the scene with Ulysses and Polyphemus, the love scene and the apotheosis of Hercules.

The villa is set out on different levels and consists of four large sections:
– the monumental entrance, porticoed courtyard and thermal baths;
-the central peristyle, residential and service rooms;
-the dominus’ private quarters and the basilica (on the highest level);
-the oval peristyle and triclinium.

Villa del Casale Tour

The Roman Villa del Casale tour at Piazza Armerina begins at the thermal baths, where it will be easy to imagine the enveloping warmth of the calidarium or the murmur of the Gela River water filling the frigidarium. The tour continues in the guests’ quarters displaying scenes of everyday life with fishing, hunting, banquets and much more. The final section is the public quarters where the owner would meet his clients. First they would pass through the amazing ambulatory of the Great Hunt, a stunning geographical representation of the Roman Empire at its utmost extent. The tour ends in the private quarters of the domina and dominus.

 

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Thermal baths;
  • Great and Small Hunting scenes;
  • Ulysses and Polyphemus;
  • Love scene;
  • Girls in bikinis;
  • Triclinium.

Itinerary

Roman Villa del Casale at Piazza Armerina
Roman Villa del Casale at Piazza Armerina

Meet your private tour guide in front of the ticket office. The tour of the Roman Villa del Casale starts from the thermal baths, Then, visit the public quarters, the guests and owner's quarters.

Included/Excluded

  • Qualified and Certified Tourist Guide
  • Admission ticket

Durations

0 – 3 hours

Tour's Location

Villa del Casale, SP90, Piazza Armerina, Province of Enna, Italy
from €60,00

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