The Villa Romana del Casale
is the ruin of a large, luxurious Roman Country Villa in the
Sicilian countryside, not far from the town of Piazza Amerina.
The site is noteworthy for many things, but it is best known for
some of the finest, best-preserved Roman mosaics in the world.
Although there is
evidence of earlier use of the site, it is believed that the older
buildings were destroyed by earthquake
in the 4th Century A.D. The palace that you can see today
dates from the end of the same century. Although 50
rooms have been excavated, these represent only a fraction of the
complex. The rooms available to visitors contain mosaiced
floors of incredible quality and beauty. It is thought that
the mosaics were the work or artisans from North Africa.