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Villa Romana del Casale
- Villa Romana del Casale
- Alt Name:
- Ancient Rome
- 300AD - 399AD
- Piazza Armerina
- Piazza Armerina,
- Syracuse Archaeological Site, Necropolis of Pantalica,
Taormina Amphitheatre, Valley of the Temples,
about Villa Romana del Casale
Villa Romana del Casale is a UNESCO-listed Ancient Roman villa in Piazza Armerina in Sicily, containing some of the world’s best preserved Roman mosaics.
Thought to have been built sometime between 310AD and 340AD, Villa Romana del Casale was constructed atop an earlier (probably first century AD) villa which was destroyed by an earthquake in the fourth century.
Extremely luxurious and built on a vast scale (covering a known area of 4,000 square metres), Villa Romana del Casale was probably built for a member of Ancient Rome’s elite. It may even have been built under the orders of Marcus Aurelius Maximinianus (Maximian), co-emperor with Diocletian.
Maximian is certainly believed to have owned Villa Romana del Casale in the fourth century, perhaps even when its first incarnation was destroyed. Upon his death, it would have passed to Maxentius, his son and also a Roman Emperor. Villa Romana del Casale was then inhabited up to the ninth century and finally destroyed – probably during the reign of William I of Sicily – in the twelfth century.
Villa Romana del Casale is truly one of the most lavish of Roman villas. UNESCO even describes it as more of a palace than a villa. Even the first impression, its triumphal arch of an entrance, is impressive.
Whilst much of the structure of the villa - such as that of its thermal baths complex, courtyards, private and public rooms - is in a more ruined state, its glorious mosaics make it very much a site worth seeing, especially for the history enthusiast.
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Address: Villa Romana del Casale, Route SP90, 94015 Piazza Armerina, Sicily
Phone: 0935 680 036
Villa Romana del Casale is located approx 3km/1.8 miles southwest of the town of Piazza Armerina, central Sicily.
Villa Romana del Casale is open daily except Mondays 10am-7pm (call ahead to check). Entry costs €4.
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