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“Don't let the mosaics "guy" fool you...”

Villa Romana del Casale
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Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale Day Trip from Taormina
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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 December 3, 2013

Very nice place, well preserved mosaics, but do not let that fool you. When we bought our tickets on Nov 19, I noticed right away that the tickets were stamped for Nov 09 and also tok account that the ticket numbers were not consecutive. I showed that to the attendant and he tried to tell me that "it is the same, it does not matter". I speak fluent italian so I told him that I wanted new tickets with today's day and consecutive numbers. He said someting in sicilian to the lady that was there with him and with a very angry face gave me the new tickets.
I could have let him steal from his employer, or the government, it made not difference to what I paid but had I been italian that guy would have seen his last day on the job.
It happens that the tickets were also good for visiting two other places in the area where I would have had to dish out another 15 euros, but then, italian or not, that guy would have been fired.
This was the only incident of this type during a two week visit to Sicily and Rome as it has been in prior visits to Italy. Speaking the language makes everything easier and better.

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Reviewed November 30, 2013

"Villa" does not do justice to this antiquity. It is more like a palace. The sheer scale of its courtyards and formal meeting rooms dwarf any Roman villa that can be found in England. It must have been magnificent in its heyday and we can be glad that landslides protected the villa after the Romans abandoned it.

The real glory of this villa is its mosaics. They are truly magnificent, said to be second only to mosaics found in Rome and have been extensively renovated over more than 50 years. They have to be seen to be believed, especially the African big game hunting mosaic. We stared at the mosaics for a long time, they really are as good as the reviews suggest. We used the optional audio guide to the villa. This had to be paid for and did not add much to the written information displayed at key locations in the villa. If We visited again we would not use the audio guide.

The organisation at the site seemed a little disordered, however it was the end of the tourist season. If coming by car it is advisable to research the directions before travel as signposts in the few kilometres round the villa were generally absent or very faded.

Thank SHShaw
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Reviewed November 28, 2013

The, probably best, kept Roman mosaics in natural setting of a villa. Don't forget to pay attention to the bikini-girls, ± 200 years AD

Thank travelbart
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Reviewed November 27, 2013

Great explanations in english on the signs inside the villa, it made me really appreciate the stories and historical details of the mosaics. All the signs outside the villa were sun bleached, really quite poorly managed.
There were only about 12 people when i visited in November, i assume it gets swamped with large groups of tourists in the summer.

Thank travellingsloths
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Reviewed November 22, 2013

If you do nothing else in Sicily, make sure you go to the Villa Romana del Casale. The mosaics are amazing and give almost a photographic picture of what life for a Roman was like in the 3rd Century Ad. With some 40 rooms, many of which are huge, covered in tiny coloured mosaics, there are well written information sheets on each one negating the need for a guidebook. A great historic site that's been well preserved.

Thank Fiona2011_11
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