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Villa Romana del Casale

Strada Provinciale 90, Piazza Armerina, Sicily, Italy
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Simply the best, most extensive mosaic range to be seen anywhere; go! yes there are hawkers and it could be better displayed but........it is beautiful anyway.

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

I read some of the reviews about this ancient villa and I was almost convinced not to go. Some of the people said that it is a rip off (14 euros the entrance fee), but I would like to ask to these people how the authorities are supposed to maintain this phenomenal heritage without an income. I even read a... More

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Napa, California, United States
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34 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

We have not been here before but we saw that a lot of work has been done to bring it up to date so that more tourist can enjoy the sights. It was great to see the mosaics that showed live as it was when the Villa was built.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
21 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We've been here twice and both visits were great. It could be a short 2 hour visit or you could stay the whole day. Mosaics and ruins are decently marked and explained in Italian and English.

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Opatija
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Visit this place from far afield if necessary, if only to gaze upon the fabulous mosaics. What a life was to be had in Sicily in the 3rd century - if you had the money that is - all documented in the mosaics. Would you believe there are even mosaic images of young women in bikinis doing weight training!

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Castronno, Italy
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The villa is outstanding per se. Mosaics are beautiful. The villa is open also after dinner on summer weekend but this is unknown to most people....so we were completely alone and had our own private visits. Perfect.

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Amazing mosaics. Just how the thousands of slaves who laid them knew exactly the colors and look of the many animals and fish etc etc ? No such thing as photos to copy, so all they would have at the best were drawings! Truly incredible workmanship.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

It's easy to see why this is probably the top-ranked site in Sicily, and probably Italy with the world's best collection of Roman mosaics. We drove here from Catania, about 90 minutes away and are glad we made the effort. With so much of this outdoors and a large ground area, visiting in the middle of summer is not ideal,... More

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Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The mosaics in this third-century Roman villa are absolutely fanstastic and a must-see for anyone traveling to Sicily

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Bath, United Kingdom
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

if you're in the region, this is a must. Fabulous villa and major piece of heritage. Puts our own Roman mosaic remains into perspective. This is the real deal. English descriptions are slightly hilarious but at least they spared the need to hire an English speaking guide for €50. If with a family - as I was - take your... More

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