Piazza Armerina-Passing Through
"Where is the Villa Romana?"
We missed the sign for the Villa Romana on N191 coming from Caltagirone(the villa is SW of town) and ended up in this drab and very hilly city (23K pop). Our Italian was nil and nobody spoke English but eventually we were"directed" to the right road. Casale is the contrada of P.A. (district) in which the Villa is situated. We had originally planned to stay at an Inn near the Villa and see the villa in the afternoon. The next morning we would visit the ruins of Morgantina before continuing to Agrigento. But rains had slowed us in our schedule and so we did what almost every traveller does here. We grabbed a pizza lunch at a concession stand at the Villa and spent a leisurely afternoon viewing the mosaics (as contrasted to a tour group "pit-stop seeing". Between P.A. and Agrigento, there are only Gela and Licate on the coast road. They are uninspiring port cities,which we quickly drove through. We arrived in Agrigento just after dark.