Villa Romana del Casale

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We rambled south out of Enna, stopping at the World Heritage Site of Villa Romana del Casale, the location of a truly amazing collection of 1700 year-old tile floors in what must have been an emperor’s residence.

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The tile work is nothing short of incredible, and it represents the peak of quality available from the early-4th century Roman African school.

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From the thermae (baths) to the peristyle (central courtyard), unbelievable tile work, some the quality of paintings, can be seen.

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Most of the structure did not survive, but the floors were preserved by the mud from a nearby river that buried them after the structure was abandoned.

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