Villa Romana del Casale

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Villa Romana del Casale
4.5
Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins • Points of Interest & Landmarks
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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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Blue J
Havre de Grace, MD789 contributions
Jul 2021
Wish I had a house like this. We stayed in Agrigento to see the Valley of the Temples. The second day we made this short drive to see this incredibly preserved home of a supposedly Roman Senator who dabbled in the trade of exotic animals.

The mosaics are exquisite and mind blowing when you realize that they cover the floors of every part of this dwelling. Hard to image coming up with different schemes and themes.

People will flock to take photos of the women clad in bikinis doing exercises. You will find that particular room based upon the crowd of men totally absorbed in taking photos. That said, there are many, many quality images to be seen. Pay attention to the huge floor with the animals on it. The scene goes from the common animal, to exotic animal such as a rhino, and ends with mythological beasts.

We arrived here without tickets and had somewhat of a delay with the agent trying to verify whether my 18 year old tall, bearded son was truly 18 to get a discount. It may make sense to get on line tickets if you can do so.

Please also go to the exterior of the place to see the ingenious design for the hot baths. The Romans were so inventive and creative. Wish we could see this place in all its glory.

The site states that it is the largest intact collection of Roman mosaics anywhere, and you will not be disappointed. The property is under canopy for the most part so sun and heat are not an issue. For photographers, note that the majority of the mosaics are in shadow which makes getting that crisp, sharp image a bit tricky. I did see a few guys using flash without getting screamed at.

Expect to spend around 2 hrs here to really see everything. You will get mosaic tile overload by the end, but the true artistry and majesty of the place is worth it.
Written August 7, 2021
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Badforever
London, Canada566 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
We visited on a Saturday in late March. Off Season but there were still a few tour busses when we arrived at 1100am. The smaller upper parking lot was staffed by a pleasant gentleman - 1 Euro. You walk past a bunch of booths really trying hard to sell you guide books, souvenirs etc. Next even more pressure sales from tour guides just outside the ticket booth. Stay strong, you need neither book nor guide if you want to go it alone. Decent signage inside at each mural explaining the nature of the room and what the art in the mural depicts. At the ticket booth the man speaks no English and tries to sell you a pass to 4 different attractions. We assume the other 3 are back in the town because they are not here. We bought the pass just for here. Of course the mosaics are incredible and a must see. Worth 5 stars. We spent about an hour on our self guided tour. The bathrooms are back towards the parking lot, quite a distance but were spotlessly clean. The main snack bar was the only food open at this time of year. - coffees, pastries, pizza etc. A bit overpriced but not much you can do out here in the middle of nowhere.
Written March 27, 2022
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573dk9999
Iowa City, IA459 contributions
Apr 2022
An outstanding site with a large number of in-place examples of very high-quality Roman mosaics. The villa was buried in a mudslide which preserved the floors. Unfortunately, no record of this place exists in any known historical documents so we don't know who built or used this structure, but it was obviously built at a high cost.

A very good attraction which is well worth a visit.
Written June 19, 2022
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Richard R
Clisson, France59 contributions
Jun 2022
For anyone with the remotest interest in either history or art, a visit to this extraordinary place is likely to be the highlight of a visit to central Sicily. The quantity and quality of the mosaics on display is just staggering. From superb hunting scenes to capturing wild animals, to people going to the baths or girls exercising for competitive athletics, the range of work is astounding. The walkways over the rooms allow the visitor an excellent view of the mosaics but could get a bit crowded in season, especially as it is a stop-off for coach parties. Visit over lunch-time or early afternoon for the quietest time. Allow 3 hours.
Written June 25, 2022
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EJW3
Southold, NY735 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
We had seen the Villa Romana Del Casale on numerous travel shows, but in person, it was disappointing and didn’t live up to our expectations. The Villa is mostly destroyed and the only thing to see are the mosaic floors and the partial stonewalls separating the rooms. The mosaics were interesting, but even on a sunny day, they were poorly lit and we got better views from the tv shows. Overall, the place felt like a tourist trap with lots of cheesy stores, paid parking, signs for paid toilets leading you away from the free ones, tour guides lined up along the walkway soliciting the tourists, and everybody trying to part you from your money. Finally, the Villa is out of the way, and not worth the drive to get there.
Written January 3, 2020
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Madalyn H
Huddersfield, UK1,768 contributions
May 2022
The entrance to this site is tatty with stalls and cafes, and it appears lots of tour parties. Do not be put off - the mosaics are fantastic - both in terns of number and also detail/complexity. Whilst the bathing girls get lots of publicity, the long frieze of capturing wild animals to take to Rome is fantastic. Great context regarding life at the time.
Written May 21, 2022
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MTgirl14
14 contributions
Jun 2022
The size and excellence of this Villa were unexpected. There is a self-guided tour, with explanations in English, that discuss the rooms and mosaics. The sheer square footage of mosaics were remarkable, as were the details in the scenes and the degree of preservation.
Written June 5, 2022
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Lekkermaaltijd
33210187 contributions
Mar 2022
The idea of a trade ambassador living in the middle of Sicily, entertaining lavishly in this villa in the third century BC is mind boggling. The villa was in use as a living/entertaining/doing business space into the 5th century AD! Impress it still does.
The villa was covered with mud at some point and remained undiscovered until the 1920s. Thanks to that, the mosaics recently uncovered remain in very good condition.
The house space is covered, assumably to protect it somewhat from the elements so the walls retain some hint of their frescos. And the floor mosaics are incredible, detailing various scenes-hunting large animals to transport back to Rome, girls exercising and competing for prizes, geometric designs…there are hundreds of square meters of mosaic scenes. The artistry was truly awe-inspiring!
Written March 28, 2022
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maapar
Mount Pleasant, SC819 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Do not miss this amazing site ! You park a little ways away from the entrance and walk past tables trying to sell you souvenirs etc. The villa itself is wonderfully preserved and some of the mosaics are just gorgeous. The one showing the wild animals being captured and taken to Rome is just awesome.Spent two hours here.
You can also see Villa Trigona in the town which is a museum about the Villa if you buy a combined ticket. Worth doing.
Written June 8, 2022
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Henry B
Cape Elizabeth, ME229 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
First, This is out of the way and hard to get to even by car!
Second, it is simply amazing if you want to see beautifully preserved Roman architecture and mosaics. They were unlike anything we’ve ever seen and unmatched. A memorable experience!
Written October 2, 2021
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