Central Sicily

This elegant space functioned as the Roman villa's forecourt.

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1. Main Entrance

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The villa's main entrance leads through the remnants of a triumphal arch into an elegant atrium (forecourt).

2. Frigidarium

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The radiating apses in the the octagonal frigidarium contained bracing plunge pools.

3. Palaestra

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The palaestra wows with a splendid, sweeping mosaic depicting a chariot race at the Circus Maximus in Rome (the room is also known as the Salone del Circo…

4. Villa Romana del Casale

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Villa Romana del Casale is sumptuous, even by decadent Roman standards, and is thought to have been the country retreat of Marcus Aurelius Maximianus,…

5. Tepidarium

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In the tepidarium you can see the exposed brickwork and vents that allowed hot steam into the room.

6. Peristyle

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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…

8. Little Hunt

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Of the rooms on the northern side of the peristyle, the most interesting is a dining room featuring a hunting mosaic called the Little Hunt – 'little'…