Villa Romana del Casale World Heritage Site

Building in Piazza Armerina, Italy

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Villa Romana del Casale
Villa romana di Piazza Armerina - Sicilia - tigre.JPG
A captive tigress in the big game hunt mosaic
Villa Romana del Casale is located in Italy
Villa Romana del Casale
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LocationPiazza Armerina, Province of Enna, Sicily, Italy
Coordinates37°21′53″N 14°20′05″E / 37.36472°N 14.33472°E / 37.36472; 14.33472Coordinates: 37°21′53″N 14°20′05″E / 37.36472°N 14.33472°E / 37.36472; 14.33472
TypeRoman villa
Area8.92 ha (22.0 acres)
FoundedFirst quarter of the 4th century AD
Abandoned12th century AD
PeriodsLate Antiquity to High Middle Ages
Site notes
ArchaeologistsPaolo Orsi, Giuseppe Cultrera, Gino Vinicio Gentili, Andrea Carandini
Official nameVilla Romana del Casale
Criteriai, ii, iii
Designated1997 (21st session)
Reference no.832
RegionEurope and North America

The Villa Romana del Casale (Sicilian: Villa Rumana dû Casali) is a large and elaborate Roman villa or palace located about 3 km from the town of Piazza Armerina, Sicily. Excavations have revealed one of the richest, largest, and varied collections of Roman mosaics in the world,[1] for which the site has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[2] The villa and artwork contained within date to the early 4th century AD.

The mosaic and opus sectile floors cover some 3,500 sq metres and are almost unique in their excellent state of preservation due to the landslide and floods that covered the remains.[3]

Although less well-known, an extraordinary collection of frescoes covered not only the interior rooms, but also the exterior walls.

  1. ^ R. J. A. Wilson: Piazza Armerina. In: Akiyama, Terakazu (Ed.): The Dictionary of Art. Vol. 24: Pandolfini to Pitti. Oxford 1998, ISBN 0-19-517068-7.
  2. ^ "World heritage site". Retrieved 2008-12-15.
  3. ^ Unesco, "Advisory Body Evaluation (ICOMOS)", 1997

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