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

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

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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Chippenham, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Truly deserving of its world class status. The mosaics are truly breathtaking as is the scale of the villa. Some guidebooks are out of date in describing the roof protection as making the site very hot. There is now an imposing high structure allowing good ventilation although this does rather confuse ones sense of scale of what the original height... More

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Hasselt, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

What was intended to be a short visit on the way from Acireale to Trapani, ended up lasting 3 hours! The mosaics tell a multitude of stories and explanations are provided in English as well as Italian. There is a good canteen on site (hot and cold food) and ample parking. Definitely worth a visit.

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We weren't planning to see this site until a guide in Taormina recommended it. We were put in touch with Professor Prestifilippo, who met us at the Villa. His knowledge and enthusiasm made the place come even more alive for us. The mosaics are wonderful and the facility well planned. It's a site I suspect few English speakers find but... More

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Houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

This is an outstanding ancient villa with the most amazing mosaics on the floors throughout the villa. It is an UNESCO World Heritage site and justifiably so. All the mosaics depict different aspects of life during the times but my favorite had to be "The Bikini Girls" - so called because the mosaics show girls in bikinis working out, lifting... More

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

My husband and I spent 30 days in Italy, beginning in Sicily and ending in Rome. Of all the remarkable sites we saw this is one we will talk about the most with our friends. We were fortunate to have a private guide (provided thru our tour company: Tradizione Turismo) who spoke excellent English and was a retired teacher. His... More

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Bow, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

A short ride out of town. Plenty of parking but remember to pay at the booth before leaving as you need a ticket to exit. The mosaics are truly breathtaking. Going early in the day, especially when it is hot, avoids the huge crowds.

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We have been to many places in a number of countries where there have been interesting and excellent moasics but this ancient villa is the best we have seen. The moasics are particular to the family, there are many rooms and they are mostly in excellent order. Every room has a moasic floor. We had a guide, 50 euro split... More

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Ponta Delgada, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

It,s a bit expensive to enter (14 euros) but it,s really more than we expected. A lot of mosaics from the Roman Empire, really well preserved and more than enough to realise what was a typical house from a roman governor.

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