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Top Choice Archaeological Site in Villa Romana del Casale

Villa Romana del Casale

Villa Romana del Casale is sumptuous, even by decadent Roman standards, and is thought to have been the country retreat of Marcus Aurelius Maximianus, Rome's co-emperor during the reign of Diocletian (AD 286–305). C…
Top Choice Ceramics in Caltagirone

Ceramiche Alessi Di Giacomo Alessi

Giacomo Alessi is arguably Caltagirone's most famous ceramicist. Not only has his work been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, but he received a Knighthood of the Italian Republic in 2007. Inspired by classical myths…
Top Choice Sicilian in Caltanissetta

Ristorante Centro Storico

Owned and run by a warm, hospitable couple, Centro Storico is all about gorgeous produce cooked with love and pride. Trust the staff's suggestions, which might include pasta with fresh sardines or an absolutely subl…
Top Choice Seafood in Caltagirone

Il Locandiere

Those in the know head to this smart little restaurant for top-quality seafood and impeccable service. What exactly you'll eat depends on the day's catch, but the fish couscous is superb and the casarecce con ragù d…
Top Choice Sicilian in Enna

La Rustica

Slow Food stalwart La Rustica ticks all the right boxes: off the tourist trail, popular with locals and run by a couple passionate about classic local grub. While husband Gaetano tends to the vinyl-lined tables, Car…
Ruins in Villa Romana del Casale

Peristyle & Great Hunt

The main part of the villa is centred on the peristyle, a vast covered courtyard lined with amusing animal heads. This is where guests would have been received before being taken through to the basilica.
Ruins in Villa Romana del Casale


To the north of the villa's main entrance, which leads through the remnants of a triumphal arch into an elegant atrium (forecourt), is the villa's baths complex. Accessible via the palaestra, which has a splendid mo…
Ruins in Villa Romana del Casale


One of a series of apartments on one side of the Ambulacro, the triclinium boasts a splendid floor illustration of the labours of Hercules, where the tortured monsters are ensnared by a smirking Odysseus.
Ruins in Piazza Armerina


A 16km drive northeast of Piazza Armerina (and a 4km downhill drive from the town of Aidone) lie the noteworthy remains of Morgantina, an ancient Greek settlement. The ancient town's centre is the two-storey agora (…
Landmark in Caltagirone

Scalinata di Santa Maria del Monte

Caltagirone's most evocative sight is this monumental staircase, known locally as the Scalinata di Santa Maria del Monte, which rises from Piazza Municipio to the Chiesa di Santa Maria del Monte, at the top of the t…