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Villa Romana del Casale
Villa Romana del Casale

Villa Romana del Casale

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61 Reviews
Contrada Casale, Piazza Armerina, Sicily

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.

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Agrigento Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale Tour from Palermo

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Agrigento Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale Tour from Palermo
$121.33 per adult
Spectacular Day!
Absolutely fantastic tour with Francesco! His knowledge of the sites and the region was instrumental in giving our group a vast amount of information. The sites were amazing and the scenery was breathtaking.
kirstene757, May 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Taormina

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Small Size Transfer Tour: Taormina to Palermo
Explorer173639, Jan 2020
Small Size Transfer Tour: Taormina to Palermo with Villa Romana and Agrigento
Our tour guide Fernando was wonderful ! He was accommodating to our needs and was very knowledgeable and pleasant to deal with. He even arrived ½ hour early .
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Perfect for us
Jane E, Oct 2019
Small Size Transfer Tour: Palermo to Taormina with Villa Romana and Agrigento
Francesco was a great driver. He provided us with materials on the 2 sites we wanted to see and knew the most convenient spots for drop off and pick up. Even though he was not billed as a guide, he was knowledgeable about the areas we drove through and answered our many questions. Picked a reasonable place for lunch and pointed out local favorites. Then bought us popular pastries to try for dessert. We highly recommend him.
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Taormina to Palermo
lanzii2019, Oct 2019
Small Size Transfer Tour: Taormina to Palermo with Villa Romana and Agrigento
Michele and Francesco were excellent. They were superb drivers and also gave us so much wonderful information about the area we were traveling through in Sicily. We were all so happy to have met them both.
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A fantastic day with our driver Manuel
Excursion145156, Oct 2019
Villa Romana Del Casale in Piazza Armerina and Valley Of Temples in Agrigento
We had a wonderful tour of the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. Manuel was a wonderful driver and guide. He could not do enough for us. The temples were amazing and are a must see. A private tour is the best way to do this. Thoroughly recommended.
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Perfection!
Angela G, Nov 2019
Small Size Transfer Tour: Palermo to Taormina with Villa Romana and Agrigento
Michele was our wonderful driver who provided a professional, courteous and beautiful ride from Palermo to Taormina. We stopped to view the Turkish Steps, the temple ruins of Agrigento and the Villa Romana. While we were encouraged to stick to the schedule, we were not rushed when requiring a bit of extra time and enjoyed soaking in each experience. Perfect way to travel from one part of Sicily to the other. While it's a long journey - you never tire. Just looking out the window at the beautiful scenery is entertaining. Suggestion: pack a picnic lunch (as we did) to enjoy in the car or at one of the sites. Don't waste a minute of your adventure sitting in a restaurant for an hour plus. Highly recommend this service!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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