What To Expect
Meet the driver escort at the hotel (handled on your own) and drive through the interior of Sicily to reach Piazza Armerina and view the ruins of the Roman Villa of Casale (Admission Fee: not included). The mosaics discovered here are celebrated among scholars of antiquity. We then continue to the Mall: Sicily Fashion Village, located in the middle of Sicily. The mall offers several Italian and International brands at cheap rate. Enjoy your shopping time. This afternoon we then return to Palermo.
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 meters. The mosaics excavated here are in uncommonly beautiful colors 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.
Piazza Armerina see the ancient mosaics in the Roman Villa.
Vehicle with air conditioning
English speaking Driver Escort
Visit as per itinerary
Credit Card fees
Meals and drinks
Tips and gratuities
Optional activity costs
The price of this tour does not include the Admission Fees. If you are over 65 or under 18 years old and you have EU or Commonwealth Passport, the admission fees are free of charge for you showing your document (or copy of your document) on the spot.
Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
A Driver Escort is a chauffeur specialized to drive you around the island. He is able to provide basic historical information and can show you the main highlights but is not a Licensed Tourist Guide.
All our card payments are protected by thawte to give you peace of mind.