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Villa Romana del Casale

Address: Strada Provinciale 90, Piazza Armerina, Sicily, Italy
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Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale...
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Owner description: This 3rd-century Roman villa features more than 40 beautiful mosaic...
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

The mosaics in this villa are unbelievable. We have seen great mosaics in Tunisia and in Ravenna, but these are by far the best we have ever seen. The explanations provided (in English) are extensive and well done. We spent an easy 3 hours here, and enjoyed every second of it. Because we were there so long, we got pictures... More 

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Having seen more than my fair share of mosaics, I went to Piazza Armerina a little blasé. But I was totally blown away by the skill of the craftsmen, the enormity of the project, the stories told by the mosaics themselves and so much more. Even now, several weeks later I am still bowled over by the enormity of the... More 

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Auf dem Schiff
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014 via mobile

Were there yesterday with a group of six people. Beginning of December is clearly low season for the Villa. The "Pizza" we had in the Bar was the worst we ever ate in Italy. Entrance fee of €10/person (NON negotiable even when one is the only visitor) combined with an absolute ban on taking photos made the decision easy to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

I'm used to seeing Roman mosaics of only a few square meters, most of which is either restored or filled in with cement. Del Casale was way beyond expectations: a vast area, a great range of subjects and styles, and more than 90% complete. The information provided in English is excellent, and visitor access is well constructed.

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Peregian Springs, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

When a first saw pictures of the mosaics at the Villa Romana del Casale I decided I had to visit there. What I found was far better than I could have imagined. Many of the mosaics are not only in excellent condition they are also beautifully executed. I can't recommend this place highly enough.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 via mobile

Well worth the time to visit this site. We went in November, the off season, and we had the site to ourselves. If possible, I would recommend that one try to visit the site during low visitation times as the site is small and to hire and hear your guide could be difficult.

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Hotchkiss, CO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

35,000 sq ft of mosaic floors. The pictures were well preserved and portrayed life on this amazing estate. The quality of the work, the diversity of topics kept us in awe. Definitely a must see if you are in the area.

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Rome
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

You pay good price to get in here, why is the parking at payment! Real mafia deal here. The visit was nice even though its crowded of groups and you must pass by the narrow houses all the time. Entrance is expensive and not very ideal for children.

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Gilbert, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Maybe they could move the Villa to California? Just kidding, of course, but how frustrating it is to see how they are treating this amazing place. For example, bring a sandwich. The "restaurant" is a (sad) joke, with barely re-heated pizza that is inedible. Employees are looking at their cell phones instead of doing anything useful. And the custodians of... More 

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Arlington Heights IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The Villa Romana del Casale is an enormous structure - possibly the home of members of the Imperial family. The structure was covered by a mudslide in the 12 century and was only rediscovered in the late 19th century. The designs of the mosaics mirror the area of the villa in which they are found. The long corridor shows hunting... More 

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