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Villa Romana del Casale
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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.
Reviewed May 8, 2013

Fabulous mosaics from over 1500 years ago visible through well arranged walkway throughout the site with descriptions in Italian and English. Spent nearly 3 hours there though could be done in less time but the mosaics are well worth the extra time studying. Have seen nothing comparable from that era.

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Reviewed May 6, 2013

We arrived about 90 minutes or so before closing time which was probably for the best judging by the number of coach parties and cars that were leaving. Nothing worse that trying to appreciate something at your own pace whilst fending off crowds of people impatient to pass by, or chatting out loud and disturbing the peace and quiet.

We'd read a little about the Villa and looked at some (old) photos on-line but nothing prepared us for the magnificence of the mosaics. The villa itself, the built structure, is not intact, having been restored in places but otherwise open to the elements, albeit covered over. But this experience isn't (or at least wasn't for us) about the building as such, so much as Roman interior design par excellence. The intricacies of the designs, the colour and patterning, and in some rooms the complementary frescos and marbling on the walls, add up to a fascinating and inspiring experience.

Incidentally, whether the sign stating 'no photographs' is observed is hard to say. Certainly, people were taking photos, including some on a tour party, and no one said anything. My guess is that the prohibition is only enforced when there are hoards of people using the walkways.

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Reviewed May 5, 2013

We visited the villa as part of our 'Treasures of Sicily' tour with Esplora and I have to say that, even though everything we did on the tour was awesome, this was probably the pinnacle of the tour for me.
I have always loved Roman mosaics and I had not realised from our advance literature just how truly amazing these mosaics were.
There was room after room of brilliantly preserved mosaics covering hunting scenes, and depicting game playing. They are definitely the best mosaics I have ever seen.
It would be worth going back to Sicily if only to see these mosaics again.
Do not miss it!

Thank Duffer56
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

If you are interested in ancient history you will love this! So many complete mosaics, lots of informative signs about the site, good access. A fascinating insight into the life of wealthy Romans in Sicily.
We travelled before high season, so while busy, there was plenty of room to see the sights and it was fine to wait for the school groups to go past. The carparking is excellent and everything is easy to find.
I appreciate that they have set up the walkway to benefit the local traders. I did not ask about disability access, but going in the exit would be far easier for those who need assistance. Although the actual site has some stairs, making it impossible for wheelchair access to the most beautiful mosaics.

Thank Whyallagirl
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

I travelled by intercity bus from Catania to Piazza Armerina in early April 2013.
I took a taxi to the mosaics, as the local bus service to the Villa Romana is said to commence on 1st May. The same taxi returned for me later in the day, all for the agreed total fare of 20 Euro. Some travel web-sites suggest you walk from Piazza Armerina to Villa Romana, but I suggest that is very a imprudent idea, regardless of the weather; in a word, rubbish.
The entrance ticket to the mosaics is well worth the 10 Euro, but the ticket office man [rude] could learn some polite manners, for customer service, dealing with international customers.
The mosaics are stupendous in terms of portrayal of life and times in the late Roman period, but also for their imagination and originality. How many visitors gazing at these mosaics could imagine the tedious work of laying these tiny mosaics to get the desired shape, colour, texture, facial expression and shadows: all the work of skilled people kneeling down?

Thank IanM31
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