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Villa Romana del Casale

Strada Provinciale 90, Piazza Armerina, Sicily, Italy
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Type: Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Description: This 3rd-century Roman villa features more than 40 beautiful mosaic floors, making it one of the most cherished open-air museums in the region.
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Budapest, Hungary
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58 reviews 58 reviews
35 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Italy is full of fantastic mosaics, mainly in Duomos and Chapels, but this Villa belonged to a hunter and the mosaics are uniq. If you are in Sicily you shoud not to miss it.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

The layout of the villa is so well preserved that with just a little imagination you can feel how it once was inhabited. Very impressive, even without all the beautiful mosaics. Well worth spending a few hours.

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Perth, Australia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
31 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Have visited many Roman ruins in different countries but the quality & extent of the mosaics is the best Even if you are a bit jaded on Roman ruins this one is well worth the effort to visit

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Faro, Portugal
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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

The mosaics are wondrous in scope and scale and you will need 2 - 3 hours to visit this extraordinary palace. The presentation of them is truly special. Walkways allow a close view from above to enhance your appreciation. The roofing restores the sense of being in a building rather than a ruin and is cleverly functional not competing with... More

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Green Bay, WI
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120 reviews 120 reviews
12 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This is a ruins of a persons castle and it's hard to fathom that it is so old. Also, the time it took for all these little pieces to be laid down is crazy. I walked thru quite quickly, reading the plaques as I went. My husband took a little longer, reading more of the plaques than I did. I... More

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Cyprus
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89 reviews 89 reviews
5 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Wow ! I have lived in Italy, Spain and Cyprus and visited places such as Greece, Egypt and Jordan, so have been able to see an abundance of Roman/Greek/Egyptian ruins, many of which are very impressive. However, this is the first time that I have seen such a spectacular villa in such a good condition, made thoroughly outstanding by the... More

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Princeton, New Jersey
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Yes, driving there was a bit long but it totally worth it. Amazing mosaics in almost perfect condition. We took an audio guide, i would not recommend it. Each room has a short description, so do not bother. I was very impressed by 60 meters corridor full of mosaics.

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Bruxelles
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This site is beautiful. You have the impression that the mosaïc were laid a few years ago. It is just incredible that the site has more than 1000 years and it is still in this state. You visit on your own or with a guide the huge villa (1500m²). Every floor is still decorated with more or less all the... More

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Warrenton, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Villa Romana del Casale was one of the highlights of our trip to Sicily. We spent several hours walking through the ruins. The mosaic floor were simply amazing and the size of the villa is overwhelming.

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

If you're into mosaics then you'll love this. We arrived at about 4.30 so most of the tourists had left which probably made it much less busy than during the day. 14 Euros to get in plus parking (!). About an hour and a half worth of wandering around the villa - which is very impressive. The mosaics are pretty... More

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