A walking tour with a private licensed local Guide to view the ruins of the Roman Villa of Casale (Admission Fee: not included) at Piazza Armerina. The mosaics discovered here are celebrated among scholars of antiquity.
The appointment will be set directly at the Roman Villa ticket office. More details will be provided at time of booking.
The Guide will be at Your disposal for maximum 2 hours.
Private transportation is not included in this service. In case you do need to move using cab (taxi) feel free to ask to the Local Guide to help you to orchestrate this service. You can pay the amount cash on the spot.
LICENSED LOCAL GUIDE:
This walking tour does include Licensed Local Guide.
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 50 people
Italian, English, French, Spanish, German.
Subject to availability at time of booking.
The price of this walking does not include the Admission Fees (around eur 10,00 per person per entrance). If you are under 18 years old the admission fees are free of charge for you showing your document (or copy of your document) on the spot.
Disabled Travel are not recommended for a walking tour.
TOUR CODE: PIAWALK
AS REGARDS PIAZZA ARMERINA & THE ROMAN VILLA OF CASALE:
Piazza Armerina is a small town in the province of Enna famous for the mosaics of the Roman Villa of Casale. This town, apart from splendid monuments and palaces of the Baroque-renaissance style, possesses the largest complex of mosaics which ancient Roman civilization has handed down to us. The building of this villa has been placed at around the IIIrd-IVth century A.D. and was planned as a luxurious hunting lodge for the Emperor Maximian Herculius. It contains over 40 floors in polychromatic mosaic covering an area of about 3.500 sq. metres. The mosaics excavated here are in uncommonly beautiful colours and were the work of African craftsmen, pupils of a great school which propagated African mosaics to other regions with relations with their homeland such as Spain, Gaul and Italy.
For the greater part the subjects are scenes and figures taken from history or mythology; in the corridor of the big game hunt, a hunting scene is shows, from the chase up to the capture of the animals. The captured beasts will be taken to Rome and exhibited in the Circus Maximus, thus contributing to the pride of the rich patrician who had organized the ‘safari’ and to the delight of the Roman public, enthusiastic spectators of the circus.
The apse on the right of the corridor contains a personification of Africa with an elephant, a tiger and a phoenix taking flight from its flaming nest. In the “hall of the ten girls” the feminine figures appear in scanty costumes, each differing from the last in form and style, but very reminiscent of the modern bikini so fashionable today.