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Villa Romana del Casale

Strada Provinciale 90, Piazza Armerina, Sicily, Italy
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Ottawa, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

I have visited antiquity sites all over the Mediterranean and while this site offers floor mosaics that are interesting I would be hesitant to recommend this site as a must see. If you are driving through the area or are particularly interested in mosaics or in the stories of the Roman hunt or capture of the african wildlife - then... More

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bristol
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

These mosaics are spectacular,they provide a fascinating insight into Arisocratic Roman life. The colours are the colours of the rocks that were used for the tiles and some are less bright than others but each scene has something interesting to offer. One room is particularly enchanting showing 4 chariots drawn by birds and driven by children but the most spectacular... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

Visited here as part of an organised day out from Taormina and even though it's a looooong journey it was worth every Euro and every mile spent getting there. The Villa is interesting from the word go. Beautiful mosaics in nearly every room and you can't help but wonder how long they took to do. One room is over a... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

It was an amazing display of over 60 rooms well displayed as you walk around on a raised platform so you are able to look down on the floors. A lot of tour buses visit this sight so you can expect a lot of people. It is just something not to be missed if you are in the area. Buy... More

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

OK, I've travelled a lot and have seen a lot of ancient sites but this one is really special. The 2000 year old villa is a huge mansion with most of its mosaic floors intact. The gov't spent several years building a beautiful building around the site and does an amazing job at giving you the feel as if the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Spent several hours walking around this villa, it is apparently one of the best remaining examples of mosaic art from ancient Roman times. Stunning mosaic artwork, really is worth the trip. As another reviewer mentioned try to tag along to one of the tour guides for more information on the mosaics as there are stories in the art. Asking why... More

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Whitchurch, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

One of the best things to see in Sicily, just amazing to see the skill and dedication of people from so many years ago. Still in such exceptional condition. Best to go at nearly lunch time as early to mid morning it is very crowded because of so many coach tours visiting. Tag onto what the guides are describing to... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

The Villa del Casale is about 5km outside the town of Piazza Armerina but is well-indicated. If you're driving, there is no other way to get to the Villa than through the town, unless you're a native and know the back roads. Our GPS with a Google Map was iffy at best. However, once there, the site is very well... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

much bigger and more mosaics than we expected The mosaics were well described and the area was well kept. The bar and snacks were good and reasonably priced unusual for a venue with a captive audience. October was a good time to visit would not recommend it in full summer.

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New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

I still dont understand why would anyone make a special trip to see that place! Yes, its old and mosaic is interesting, but to make a special trip! and pay 14 euro per person!

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