Central Sicily

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.

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2. Sala delle Dieci Ragazze

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Just off the southern end of the Ambulacro della Grande Caccia, in the Sala delle Dieci Ragazze, is the villa's most famous mosaic. It depicts nine …

3. 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,…

4. Ambulacro della Grande Caccia

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This 64m-long corridor is emblazoned with dramatic hunting scenes of tigers, leopards, elephants, antelopes, ostriches and a rhino – animals that the…

5. 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…

6. Basilica

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After they had been received in the peristyle, guests were led through to the basilica, a building used for public assembly.

7. Main Entrance

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

8. Atrium

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