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“Hidden Gem”

La Dea di Morgantina
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

Not nearly as widely publicised as the nearby Villa Romana del Casale, Morgantina is a little hidden gem which is definitely worth a visit. A little overgrown in places, but with amazing wildflowers in spring amidst the extensive ruins. Mostly the ruins are very much just the outline of buildings, but there has been some reconstruction of the theatre and forum steps to give you an idea of what it would have been like.

Visited April 2013
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Quincy, IL
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87 reviews
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“Off the beaten path archeological site”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

If you want a Greco-Roman town all to yourself, Morgantina is the place to go. Other than a man weed-whipping the Agora, my husband and I were the only people there on a beautiful spring morning. No large remains left like at Agrigento, or Paestum, but some interesting things like a fountain house and large kiln. In the free parking lot, beware a con man who tried to sell us his hand drawn map of the site for 10 Euros.(we declined) When you buy your ticket at the office before entering the site, you get a real map! If you are archeological buffs, I would stop here. After the crowds at Villa Romana del Casale, this was a treat.

Visited April 2013
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Malta, Europe
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
24 attraction reviews
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“Splendid Archeological Site”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

An ancient Sicilian and Greek town complete with remains of various public buildings, barns, amphitheatre, bakery, olive presses, living quarters, gymnasium and other distinct areas, sometimes with ornate mosaics. The ruins make excellent photographic subjects.

The excavated site is more than 20 hectares so a hat, sun protection and drinking water are necessary, especially if one is visiting in the summer months.

Entry to the site is €6 or €10 if combined with a visit to the museum at Aidone.

GPS co-ordinates: 37.43215 14.47958

Visited June 2012
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Surrey, United Kingdom
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283 reviews
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“Great and quiet site!”
Reviewed April 24, 2013

We visited this historical and wonderful site after seeing the famous Moasics in Romana Casale. It was a breath of fresh air to be in a place with so few other tourists. It was us and two other Italians over what must be a 30 acre site. Simply wonderful to have an ancient place all to yourselves. This site costs 6 Euros for just the site entry, and 10 Euros for the site and museum in nearby Aidone. We simply paid the 6 Euros as it was late in the day and we didn't want to delay our return drive. Walking alone down a Roman road and into a Roman theatre is just something amazing. The staff gave us some great leaflets at the door, which was good as the signs around the site have all been damaged by the sun and never repaired or replaced. This was sad as was the dog mess left by the 6 or so stray dogs wondering the site. They were friendly though. The highlight was definitely the theatre for us and the peaceful solitude of the place, it's certainly worth a detour to visit.

Visited April 2013
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NJ
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“Visit the sister archeological museum in Aidone also!”
Reviewed December 10, 2012

Our hosts at La Casa Sulla Collina d’Oro suggested we visit the museum in the hill-top town of Morgantina and the extensively excavated Greek site which is a few miles away. The museum was quite good but the real thrill was navigating the narrow back streets of the old town. A lack of adequate signage (ie extensive sun damage, etc) dampened our enjoyment of the site. We should have listened to the peddler in the parking lot and bought a copy of his guide notes.

Visited September 2012
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