Piazza Armeria – Villa Romana del Casale

In middle of the Sicily there is a nice small town called Piazza Armeria. Once Normans defeated Arab troops and took control of Sicily. But Piazza Armeria is best known from once special place – villa Romana de Casale. Probably best preserved and most impressive floor mosaics can be found here – from their original place. Some 400 – 500 AD villa was buried by landslide which kept is hided all the way to end of 1800 century. Then it was found by local farmers. First this luxurious villa was thought to belonged once to someone from imperial family. Now it is believed to belonged once for governor of Sicily. Because villa have had own acveduct and tens of brilliant mosaics it must have belonged to someone extra valuable person – governor is a very good guess. Below are some photos from site.


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This place/villa is very special – nothing like this exists.

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Map of the building complex – as one can see it is rather wide.

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Villa is full of floor mosaics to show visitors that governor of villa was an important man.

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Some of the works are very skillful geometrical patterns.

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One can imagine that this hall has been very convincing statues standing beneath walls.

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This space is in the main building and one can imagine nice fountains here.

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Here is also nice pattern in middle. A wild hog.

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Here serious looking men – maybe senators? Or family of the owner of the villa…

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Again very fine and exact work. Patterns and figures are very sharp and colorful.

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And here more…

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Nice woman figure – or goddess…?

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The floor in main hall is full of this kind of nice patters. Many various animals crated very exactly with tiny pieces.

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Next pieces describe hunting sceneries. Men leave to forest to hunt hogs and in mosaics story is told like comic cartoon.

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Little bit closer look for dogs…

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Looks like one of the hunters were saved in last moment…true sports…

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