Villa Romana del Casale of Piazza Armerina - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Villa Romana del Casale of Piazza Armerina - UNESCO World Heritage Site

The most extraordinary mosaics in a Roman villa. The most extraordinary in the world.

The most important ancient remains in Sicily are related to the Greek civilisation; all but one: the Villa Romana del Casale. It is a Roman villa located at about 3 km outside the town of Piazza Armerina. It is not simply from 1997 one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites: it is the largest and most complex collection of Roman mosaics in the world! It is the supreme example of a luxury Roman villa, graphically illustrating the predominant social and economic structure of its age.

For this guided tour we will pick you up from your hotel or b&b with one of our vehicles: with a minimum of 3 people the vehicle is a luxury Mercedes-Benz 4x4 or a comfortable 8-seat minivan! It takes about 2 hours to arrive, worthy to admire the grandeur and lavishness of the villa's structure. The villa arose on the ruins of a previous house (late 1st century CE), which suggests that it was built on the orders, if not of a Roman ruler, at least of a rich and powerful landowner between 310 and 340. It was then occupied until the Arab invasion of the 9th century, although in a state of increasing degradation. The final act of destruction was the work of the Norman ruler of Sicily, King William I the Bad, around 1155. The villa was almost entirely forgotten, although some of the tallest parts of the remains were always above ground. The area was cultivated for crops. Early in the 19th century, pieces of mosaics and some columns were found; the first official archaeological excavations were carried out later in that century.

This building, which merits the title of palace rather than of villa, is designed in the tradition of the Roman villa but on a scale and to a level of luxury with no parallels in the Roman Empire. The area that has been excavated, which is only part of the full establishment and covers about 4,000 m2 (43,055 ft2), may be divided into four zones or groups of rooms, all of them decorated with floor mosaics of superlative quality.

Why touring with Palermo Walks? We have been awarded the patronages of the Sicilian Parliament and of the City of Palermo, we provide a 100% satisfaction guarantee, our vehicles are checked every month, you can always talk to one of our managers. Our style is based on storytelling, our unique way of sharing with you the history and stories of people, art, culture, food, traditions. Book your tour now to enjoy the best of Sicily!

 

Schedule:

  • 7:30 Hotel or b&b pick-up by car or minivan
  • 9:30 Villa Romana del Casale
  • 13:30 Lunch (not included)
  • 15:30 Departure from the Villa Romana del Casale towards Palermo
  • 17:30 Hotel or b&b drop-off
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  • Options

    • Internet connection: €10 per person.
    • Customisation: if you prefer a shorter or a longer tour, to add or remove some points of interest, and/or if you require different hours, please contact us.
    • For a guide speaking a language different from English or Italian, please contact us.
    • For luxury services please contact us.
    • For special needs please contact us: convertible car seats for babies and foldable wheelchairs may be rented at €15 each.
    • For a tour leader service (cheaper than the guide service, only general information is provided) or a driver service (the cheapest option, good for those who don't need information about the sites), please contact us.
  • Specifications

    • Frequency: daily (except Christmas Day and New Year's Day).
    • Departure: 7:30 from your hotel or b&b in Palermo's city centre. The time may slightly vary according to the total number of participants, so it will be confirmed via email; if your hotel or b&b is outside Palermo's city centre please contact us.
    • Duration: 10 hours.
    • Number of participants: 1-8, for more people please contact us.
    • Type of tour: open (people from different groups may join in), though limited to 8 people in total; for a private tour please contact us.
    • Location: Piazza Armerina - province of Enna.
    • Modality: by car or minivan.
    • Dress code: none; it is recommended to wear comfortable shoes.
    • Contribution: 1 person €219, 2 people €149 per person, 3-4 people €119 per person, 5-6 people €99 per person 7-8 people €89 per person.
    • What is included: hotel or b&b pick-up and drop-off by car or minivan, guide speaking English and Italian.
    • Entry tickets: not included.