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Villa Romana del Casale Tours

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Villa Romana del Casale
Just outside the town of Piazza Armerina in southern Sicily, the ruins of Villa Romana del Casale are home to the world’s largest collection of ancient Roman mosaics. These incredible designs date from the fourth century and were stunningly preserved by a 12th-century landslide before being unearthed in the 19th century.

The Basics
Villa Romana del Casale, once an ancient hunting lodge and today one of Italy’s many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, includes an extensive array of excavated rooms. Admire the spectacular mosaic floors and decorations covering over 32,000 square feet (3,000 square meters), including the famous Bikini Girls and a mythological scene that shows the labors of Hercules.

The best way to visit is by booking a private tour that includes transportation from Agrigento, Taormina, or Palermo. Because there are so many rooms to see—including private apartments, state rooms, and thermal baths—visiting with a tour guide helps travelers appreciate the site’s historical importance and interpret the mosaics’ compositions and themes. Villa entry is ticketed and there can be long lines at the entrance, so it’s best to consider booking a tour that includes skip-the-line tickets.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Villa Romana del Casale is a must-see for fans of ancient Roman history and art.
  • If traveling with children, consider booking a tour with a family-friendly guide so the kids can fully enjoy their visit.
  • The villa has not yet been fully excavated, but there is still plenty to see. 
  • Entrance to the villa is ticketed—consider booking a skip-the-line tour to save time.
  • Most of Villa Romana del Casale is accessible to wheelchair users.

How to Get There
Villa Romana del Casale is located in the Sicilian countryside outside Piazza Armerina, an easy day trip from Agrigento, Taormina, or Palermo. Public buses run from the town center to the archaeological site.

When to Get There
The villa is partially covered, so it can be visited even during inclement weather. The site is open daily (except Christmas and New Year’s Day) from 9am and closes at 4pm in winter and 6pm in summer. On weekends in July and August, the villa closes at 11pm, so consider an evening visit to avoid the daytime heat and crowds.

Visiting the Nearby Valley of the Temples
Not far from Villa Romana del Casale, the Valley of the Temples houses seven spectacular Doric temples dating from the fifth century BC, when the area was part of Magna Graecia. Consider visiting both of these archaeological sites on a single tour.
Address: Contrada Casale, Piazza Armerina, Sicily, Italy
Admission: Varies
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5 Tours and Activities to Experience Villa Romana del Casale

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Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale Day Trip from Taormina

Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale Day Trip from Taormina

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Explore two of Italy's greatest archeological sites on this exciting guided tour of the Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale. Leave Taormina with a local guide and be prepared to get very acquainted with Ancient Greek statuary and architecture, as well as, as centuries-old monuments from the Roman Empire. See the amazing collection of mosaics and even an ancient hunting lodge.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$66.65
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$66.65
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Villa Romana Del Casale in Piazza Armerina and Valley Of Temples in Agrigento

Villa Romana Del Casale in Piazza Armerina and Valley Of Temples in Agrigento

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Sicily is home to some of the most spectacular Greek and Roman archaeological sites in Italy, but visiting on your own means navigating the island’s confusing rural roads. With this tour, reach Villa Romana Del Casale in Piazza Armerina and the Valley of Temples in Agrigento with a private driver for a stress-free jaunt through ancient history, taking in these remarkable ruins at your own pace.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$240.79
Price varies by group size
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$240.79
Price varies by group size
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Villa Romana del Casale - From Taormina

Villa Romana del Casale - From Taormina

Villa Romana del Casale is a stunning Unesco heritage site of exceptional historical and artistic value, featuring over 3,500-sqm of flooring covered in stunning mosaics. Located in a valley just outside the town of Piazza Armerina, the villa was built in the 4th century and belonged to a powerful Roman patrician. In the 12th century a mudslide completely covered its extensive network of rooms, which helped the natural preservation of these beautiful artworks. The mosaics depict scenes of everyday life back in the ancient Roman Empire, created with an exceptional attention to detail. Highlights include the famous "bikini girls” portrayed playing various sports and the huge 60-meter long corridor with hunting scenes.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$601.02
Price varies by group size
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$601.02
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Valley of the Temples & Villa Romana del Casale: small group tour from Taormina

Valley of the Temples & Villa Romana del Casale: small group tour from Taormina

The small-groups formula makes this one day tour unique and customized for your needs; in fact, our expert and passionate tour leaders will take care of you; they will lead you to the discovery of our territory in a friendly, cosy and at the same educational atmosphere.
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  • 11 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$151.47
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$151.47
Price varies by group size
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Agrigento & Piazza Armerina - From Taormina

Agrigento & Piazza Armerina - From Taormina

After picking you up from your hotel, the driver will take you to Agrigento, a history-packed town founded by Greek colonists in 581 AD, home to a vast archeological site featuring some of the finest Greek remnants in the world. Here you will be guided through stunning ruins like the Temple of Hercules, the oldest complex dating from the 6th century BC and the colossal Temple of Jupiter. Then you will reach the town of Piazza Armerina to visit Villa Romana del Casale, a stunning Unesco heritage site with over 3,500-sqm of flooring covered in stunning mosaics. The 4th-century villa was covered by a mudslide, which helped the natural preservation of these beautiful artworks. These include the famous "bikini girls” portrayed playing various sports and the 60-meter corridor with hunting scenes.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,153.56
Price varies by group size
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$1,153.56
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