Piazza Armerina Travel Guide

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Piazza Armerina Highlights

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     One of the most amazing things I have ever seen. 

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     One of the hardest places I have ever tried to get to. 

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     Sicilian hilltop town with superb Roman mosaics 

Piazza Armerina Things to Do

  • Large Part CLOSED, Villa Romana Del...

    We visited the villa expecting to see the famous mosaics. The entrance fee was only euro 3, which was lower than we expected. But we soon learned that the largest part of the villa is being redone and that only a small part of the mosaics are on display. The villa has been closed, we were told, but is now partly open to public. What can be seen is...

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  • Villa Romana: Sala delle Dieci Ragazze...

    Arguably the most famous mosaic in the villa shows ten girls playing games in what look like bikini's. In the left bottom corner a girl wearing a toga offers a crown and a palm branch to one of the other girls.

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  • Villa Romana: Second Vestibule

    This vestibule gave access to the thermal baths. The mosaic depicts the lady of the house and her two children, flanked by slaves. The slaves are carrying clothes and oils for their mistress.

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  • Villa Romana del Casale

    This villa has one of the largest collections of Roman mosaics in the world. If you have only the slightest interest in Roman times, this UNESCO site is not to be missed.The villa was built around 300 AD, maybe for Emperor Marcus Valerius Maximianus. It probably was the centre of an agricultural estate. Parts of it remained in use until the 12th...

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  • Villa Romana: Triclinium

    The mosaic of the triclinium, dining room, is one of the largest of the villa. It's damaged and because of its size difficult to oversee. The central theme here is Hercules and his labours.One of the best parts is in the eastern apse: the gigantomachy, the battle between gods and giants. Five giants are hit by Hercules' arrows, their legs replaced...

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  • Villa Romana: Peristyle

    The internal garden of the peristyle is surrounded by a beautiful mosaic. It shows the heads of wild animals in round medallions of laurel.

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  • Villa Romana: Sala degli Amorini...

    One of the bedrooms to the north of the central peristyle features a wonderful mosaic of fishing erotes. On the walls some traces of the original frescoes.

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  • Villa Romana: Sala della Piccola Caccia

    The mosaic of the little hunt covers the floor of what probably was a dining room. It shows twelve hunting scenes. Among them a big banquet, two hunters sacrificing to Diana and many action scenes from a hunt.

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  • Duomo

    The duomo is situated at the highest point of town. Its green cupola towers above the ancient houses. Although this is definitely a Baroque church, it is not as lavishly decorated as many other churches on Sicily. The outside is quite sober and inside it's the unusual combination of blue and white decorations that stands out.Notice the Trinacria...

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  • Amazing mosaics at Casa Romana Casale

    Amazing mosaics - 35 rooms of mosaics were discovered under the extensions over the original site which was thought to be a roman villa owned by a noble family. What is so useful about them are the stories they tell and show of the culture at the time - the height of fashion and activities of various classes and roles of men and women, even down to...

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  • World heritage site Casa Romana Casale

    Its about 5 km from the hilltop walled town of Piazza Armerina,driving through pretty countryside with okay signposting until you up to a carpark and then there are signs in all directions with none giving you a definite of which way to go. I just deduced to walk along the obscure road that appeared to have white tent stalls ahead whereas when I...

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  • The Mosaics of the Villa Romana

    The mosaics number 40+ and cover 3500sq. m. of floor. There are fragments of painted wall murals and some carving, statuary etc. The finds are protected by glass walls and ceilings but the extensive deforestation in the area has caused repeated mud-slides which still occur( and originally buried the Villa.) The mosaics are attributed to N. African...

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  • Villa Romana di Casale

    The Villa in the Casale contrada of P.A. was vaguely known before serious recovery was begun in 1950. As one of the most elaborate complexes in the Roman world,it is amazing that so little information exists. The technical analysis put its date as around 300AD, thus attributing it to the co-emperor with Diocletian, one Maximian.,a Christian-hating...

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  • Villa Romana del Casale

    The "Villa del Casale" was built between 330 and 360 AD. The identity of its owner remains a subject of debate. Depicting scenes from daily life, such as hunting, the mosaics are as remarkable for their sociological value as for their artistry. One of these, showing women clad in two-piece swimsuits exercising with barbells, could well describe a...

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  • Mosaic extravaganza!

    Be sure to visit the Casa Romana.You need at least an hour or two to take in all the splendid roman mosaics at the Casa Romana. The mosaics are made accessible by a network of walking bridges and are covered by a greenhouse to protect them from weather influences

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Piazza Armerina Restaurants

  • WORTHLESS

    I hate to make publicity to those restaurants where was treated just like a number, and here in this place I felt exactly like that. I was tourist number 100 or 1.000 at that specific day......

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  • Eating out in Piazza Armerina

    This restaurant might give a cheerless impression at first sight, with its bright light and loud TV. Don't let this put you off, because the food is excellent at a good price. We had a great steak with mozzarella there.

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Piazza Armerina Transportation

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    by jeffmartinartist Updated May 27, 2005

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    We have all had bad days traveling but this is up there for me. We had just had a great morning looking at the mosaics and were discussing how could it be possible in this terrain that a mudslide could happen and cause the protection of the mosaics for all these years. Then it happened, I don’t know if you can tell from the photo but it’s raining. It’s raining hard and I lived in New Guinea for six years I know hard rain. The buses in October don’t run as often as they do in high season. We were heading to Agrigento and had purchased tickets and were waiting for our bus in the shelter of a café on the condition we consume. The only way to see if it was your bus was to run out and try to read the sign on the front of the bus in the rain. After two hours our bus came but it was raining so hard the driver decided not to stop. Eventually we caught a bus after six hours in the café drinking and I was soaked to the bone from checking buses. By the time I found a hotel in Agrigento I did not care about price.

    My tip is; if you plan to visit Piazza Armerina, and you should, do just that ....plan! plan your way in and your way out.

    Ps the bus from Catina took 1hr 40min and it is worth the effort to see the mosaics of the Villa Romana

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Piazza Armerina Warnings and Dangers

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    The bikini beach volleyball girls are on display

    by dutchboycalledjan Written Jun 1, 2010

    We visited the villa expecting to see the famous mosaics. The entrance fee was only euro 3, which was lower than we expected. But we soon learned that the largest part of the villa is being redone and that only a small part of the mosaics are on display. The villa has been closed, we were told, but is now partly open to public.

    What can be seen is good, but not as impressive as the brochures and the sites promise. When you've travelled over 2 hours, this is disappointing. So first check the availability of the mosaics on the web site: "Il percorso di visita e' subordinato ai lavori di restauro in corso".

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Piazza Armerina Off The Beaten Path

  • Villa antica

    According to the ghossips this beautiful villa situated right next to the entrance of Villa Casale also dates from the Roman times. It is no name villa and can't be find in any itinerar. Local guy whom I met around told me "sotto voce" (discretly) that villa belongs to one of maffia bosses. Maybe is the truth but I couldn't check it.Anyway, this...

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  • Villa Romana

    The main attraction, a few kilometers away from Piazza Armerina. The famous ancient mosaics place.Driving from Piazza Armerina just follow the signs of Villa Romana, they are all over the town.

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