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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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Dover, Delaware, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This was certainly a breathtaking and unbelievable experience. Our party of 4 drove from Taioarmina and across Sicily that day stopping at this site. We were amazed at the construction of the baths and surrounding rooms. The mosaic patterns and colors had survived and were so well preserved. The mosaic patterns are so significant to that time period and could... More

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This is arguably the main reason why people come to this part of the island. The villa and especially the mosaics are breathtaking. Make sure you come in early morning to avoid the bus loads of tourists.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The mosaics are fascinating and rich in the scenes they depict. Access to them is another thing. For 14 Euros, (plus the cost for parking) one might expect a guide or pamphlet showing the layout/access and some information about the mosaics, Many of the explanations were missing along the walkways and the ones that were there were very brief. At... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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135 reviews 135 reviews
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Excellent Plus! Who has been hiding this gem and where do you see it covered in the publications? The site is vast, the mosaics generally in great shape and the recovery, reconstruction and accompanying explanations make for a marvellous moment of discovery. You will have difficulty, at times, absorbing just how amazing some of the large, I mean really large,... More

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Yes, Villa Armerina (L’antica villa Romana del Casale) contains the largest (above 3500 sq.m.) and richest collection of Roman mosaics in the world. The name Villa Armerina comes from the near town Piazza Armerina. According to our guide it was built as a summer imperial residence (4 th century) and contained both private and official rooms. According to other sources... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This was one place that I really wanted to visit whilst in Sicily and it was everything that I expected and more. The sheer scale of the sight/villa is amazing as is the quality of the mosaics. Everything well signed and described and easy to follow with extensive descriptions of the how the rooms would have been used and why... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

We were not expecting the wonders we saw at Villa Romana del Casale. They say that there is no need to visit a zoo ever again once you have been on Safari in Africa. The same applies to Villa Romana. You will never see a better preserved collection of the such exquisite mosaics anywhere in the world. The scale and... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

What a great villa and such an amazing mosaics. Very beautiful place many rooms with different types of mosaics. Great peace of history. Worth the travel to!

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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Every so often you visit something truly mind-blowing - Villa Casale is such a place! Beautiful mosaics everywhere, looking like they were finished yesterday and a real feel for what villa life (for the privileged few!) might have been like 2000 plus years ago. The place is huge, and the mosaics go on forever. Whatever the entrance fee, (and it... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We'll worth the drive. We've never seen anything quite like it. The mosaics are spectacular. We'll worth the entrance fee.

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