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Guided tour of the Roman villa of Casale
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Mt. Etna can get quite warm during the summer months, so beat the heat on this morning hiking tour of Europe’s tallest active volcano. Follow a guide to visit old craters, spot lava flows, and explore a lava cave by headlamp. This trip is perfect for hikers of all abilities, and allows you to see Mt. Etna from many different angles. Hotel pickup and drop-off makes for a seamless experience.
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Ana L wrote a review Oct 13
Navan, Ireland2,576 contributions722 helpful votes
This site will consist on a big detour for most of the people visiting Sicily. I can guarantee you the detour is worth it. During peak times, it is always crowded, so try to go early or at the end of the day. You have to pay for parking. It is open until quite late (22 pm on weekends, check on the official website), but you need to pre-book due to Covid-19 restrictions. The mosaics are in a pristine condition. Plenty of mosaics and it is a feast for the eyes being able to see it!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Eleanor C wrote a review Oct 10
Farnborough, United Kingdom123 contributions31 helpful votes
My four star (rather than three star) review is just because the mosaics themselves are so impressive. The mosaics themselves were stunning (I loved the reluctant animals being led on to the boats, the fish - a common space filler - and the famous athletic "bikini girls"). Even the geometric patterns in the spaces which were "below the stairs" rather han for the original owner to impress and entertain visitors were lovely. The villa is large and must have been a very impressive Roman "stately home" back in the day, but as a tourist experience it needs dragging into the 21st century. I realise my experience in September 2020 is unlikely to be typical (I saw more lizards than fellow visitors until a small tour group of French visitors arrived) but I found it rather sad. The little complex of wooden souvenir shop and bar huts between the car park and ticket desk (think English town centre December "Santa's village") was mostly closed (1 bar and maybe 2-3 shops out of over a dozen were open). I was able to wolf down an arancino before the time I'd booked to arrive. The frequent Covid-phobia-something-must-be-seen-to-be-done-disease infrared thermometer was pointed at my forehead before going in. Once I'd shown my booking details on my phone and gone through the turnstiles, there was a 1960s looking concrete building with toilets, and food and bar counters, with bored looking staff and an empty dining room, and a sign advertising audio-guides, but I could not find anyone providing the audio-guides, and one of the bar staff pointed me back outside. I could see the path snaking round the building, where presumably in normal times coach parties and other visitors queue to enter. There were a couple of information panels (in English and Italian) giving a little of the history of the site, in a very dry style which characterised many Sicilian historical sites. I got more useful information out of my Rough Guide to Sicily commentary (which at least didn't obsess with which parts of the site faced north, without putting a north pointing arrow on any plans!) Once inside under the roofs that cover the site, there was a uniformed female security guard who walked a good 10 m towards me to tell me to pull my mask back up on a stifling hot afternoon (the nearest human beings otherwise being at least 15 m from me, the other side of the courtyard) with all the charm of the early 1990s Soviet-union-mentality East European museum attendants employed to prevent visitors sitting down (or possibly enjoying themselves). There were more of the dry descriptive panels giving a little information about the various mosaic designs, and the purposes of the rooms in which they were found.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Jean Paul wrote a review Sep 2020
Marbella, Spain1 contribution
Very unfriendly and only Italian speaking people at the reception. Wake up Sicily this is 2020!!! Now I understand why this country is still in economic bad shape 😞
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Date of experience: September 2020
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42carl wrote a review Sep 2020
Seminyak, Indonesia1,809 contributions216 helpful votes
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Wow, I’ve been allround the world and saw all kind of archeological world icons but this place here at Almerina is saw beautiful. It’s a definite place to see if you’re on holiday in Sicily.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Antonello M wrote a review Aug 2020
Ancona, Italy10 contributions4 helpful votes
A fabulous place where you can admire many mosaics in excellent condition; it is a late ancient residential building, popularly called villa despite not having the characteristics of the extra-urban Roman villa but rather of the imperial urban palace. The mosaics form the floor of most of the rooms of the villa and reproduce hunting scenes, activities of the time and sports activities of the Roman era around the fourteenth century AD. It is possible to admire from above the scaffolding that allows a path in all the rooms without deteriorating the precious mosaics. An exhilarating experience and a further example of the Greatness of Rome and its Empire
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Date of experience: July 2020
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