Life in Ancient Rome Documented in Sicily 


Scholars of antiquities have learned a great deal from the remarkable mosaics depicting life in ancient Rome at the Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina. It’s always hard to explain exactly what this UNESCO site offers. When I say that the floors of the estate are mosaics with themes that span everything from contemporary sport, hunting, and fishing scenes to erotic imagery and illustrations of mythological tales, I often hear silence on the other end of the phone line. Imagine 4000 square meters, or 43,055 square feet, of mosaic scenes, like the one pictured. The 4th century artwork is superb. I hope I’ve impressed you enough to see them for yourself. 

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