Villa Romana del Casale (Piazza Armerina)

Love scene. Villa Romana del Casale (Piazza Armerina)

The half-naked lovers. The woman's hair is pulled up and she has a Junoesque stature with wide hips, which, according to Giuseppe di Giovanni, shows the Ancient Roman's taste in women at the time. It gave women status to be overweight since it was a way to show off the wealth of the family, the importance of the husband and the prosperity of his business. The man is carrying a basket of fruit.

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The "Bikini Girls". Villa Romana del Casale (Piazza Armerina)

The "Bikini Girls" playing with a coloured ball. They are taking part in an Olympic pentathlon competition.

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Cupids fishing: Villa Romana del Casale

Cupids fishing.

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Mosaic in Villa Romana del Casale, Piazza Armerina

Mosaic floor in Villa Romana del Casale, Piazza Armerina.

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Mosaic in Villa Romana del Casale, Piazza Armerina

Mosaic floor in Villa Romana del Casale, Piazza Armerina.

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chariot with birds, Villa romana del Casale

Mosaic decoration in the childrens' room.

 

 

Villa Romana del Casale (Piazza Armerina)

One of the finest museums in Sicily.

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Mosaic floor in Villa Romana del Casale, Piazza Armerina

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hunting scene at Villa Romana del Casale, Sicily

Hunting scene at Villa Romana del Casale, Sicily.

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Mosaic floor in Villa Romana del Casale

Mosaic floor in Villa Romana del Casale.

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Mosaic floor in Villa Romana del Casale

Mosaic floor in Villa Romana del Casale.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

Villa Romana del Casale (Piazza Armerina)

Mosaic floor in Villa Romana del Casale.

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Beast in the water.

 

 

Villa Romana del Casale (Piazza Armerina)

Villa Romana del Casale.

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Villa Romana del Casale (Piazza Armerina)

Villa Romana del Casale.

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Villa Romana del Casale

Wounded lion attacks.

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The "Bikini Girls" mosaic: Villa Romana del Casale, Piazza Armerina

The iconic "Bikini Girls" were athletes. Mosaic floor in Villa Romana del Casale, Piazza Armerina.

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floor mosaic, Villa romana del Casale

Fishing scene: Cupids fishing. Mosaic floor in Villa Romana del Casale, Piazza Armerina.

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Chariot racing, mosaic. Villa Romana del Casale, Piazza Armerina

Chariot racing (in Latin: ludi circenses) was a very popular Roman sport. Each chariot was pulled by four horses.

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Sources

  • Enzo Cammarata: The Roman Villa of Casale: Historical Facts and Curiosities (Edition 2013)
  • The Blue Guide Sicily (2012)
  • Giuseppe di Giovanni: Piazza Armerina: The Roman Villa of Casale (Edition 2014)
  • UNESCO.org

 

 

 

Villa Romana del Casale is one of the most luxurious of its kind. It is especially noteworthy for the richness and quality of the mosaics which decorate almost every room; they are the finest mosaics in situ anywhere in the Roman world. (Video by UNESCO TV/NHK)