Villa Romana del Casale attractions

Ruins in Villa Romana del Casale

Triclinium

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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Little Hunt

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' because the big hunt is over on the eastern flank of the peristy…
Ruins in Villa Romana del Casale

Sala delle Dieci Ragazze

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 (originally there were 10) bikini-clad girls working out with weigh…
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Peristyle

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 (throne room…
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Palaestra

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 or Circus Room).
Ruins in Villa Romana del Casale

Frigidarium

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

This elegant space functioned as the Roman villa's forecourt.
Ruins in Villa Romana del Casale

Ambulacro della Grande Caccia

This 64m-long corridor is emblazoned with dramatic hunting scenes of tigers, leopards, elephants, antelopes, ostriches and a rhino – animals that the Romans eventually hunted to extinction in North Africa. The first…
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Basilica

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

Tepidarium

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