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Villa Romana del Casale
Villa Romana del Casale

Villa Romana del Casale

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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Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale Day Trip from Taormina
Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale Day Trip from Taormina
$65.17 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Long day but worth it
The Roman villa is outstanding, the mosaic floors exquisite. We also loved the countryside we saw during the bus ride and felt very safe with our bus driver. Thankyou!
Bronwen K, Oct 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.
star-5
An excellent tour well worth the...
raymond m, Sep 2017
Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale Day Trip from Taormina
An excellent tour well worth the very long day out which also allowed us to see much of the Sicilian countryside. The Valley of the Temples was absolutely stunning and the local guide was extremely knowledgable. The mosaics at Villa Romana del Casale were well preserved and gave an insight into life when the Romans occupied Sicily.
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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.
star-4
Terrific temple tour
thielteacher, Oct 2019
Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale Day Trip from Taormina
Temple guide was excellent. However, time was wasted when she had to keep switching languages. Could have lengthened the tour to see more of the area if she did not have to do that. Would have preferred a tour conducted in one language. . Also saw other tour groups with individual Head sets -making it easier to hear when in a big group. This would have been helpful.
star-5
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.
star-5
Excellent
lunasa_8, Jul 2019
Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale Day Trip from Taormina
I feel too much time was spent at the valley of the temples with overly long descriptions by the guide. It was too hot and unshaded for such length. My rating is for the Piazza Armerina which was breathtaking but our visit was too short.
star-5
Fabulous tour with really knowledgeable guide
B J N, May 2019
Roman Villa del Casale guide (Piazza Armerina): truly fabulous mosaics in Sicily
Lucia was wonderful; she explained everything, she was funny, she made sure we enjoyed it AND learned lots. Everything was clearly explained in excellent English, and she gave us time to ask questions, to take photos and to get as much from the place as possible. I can't recommend her highly enough.
star-5
Spectacular Day!
kirstene757, May 2019
Agrigento Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale Tour from Palermo
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.
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We had to travel from Palermo to...
Steven S, Dec 2017
Small Size Transfer Tour: Palermo to Taormina with Villa Romana and Agrigento
We had to travel from Palermo to Taormina and decided this was preferable over renting a car and dealing with all of the details. Our driver with a small minivan met us at our hotel in Palermo and we spent the day sightseeing in Agrigento and Villa Romana del Casale before arriving in Taormina. It was relaxing, we were able to set our own schedule and could stop where ever we wished for coffee, lunch, restroom breaks, even a bit of shopping. Very pleasant day. Thank you
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Agrigento and Valley of the Temples
trip311, May 2019
Villa Romana Del Casale in Piazza Armerina and Valley Of Temples in Agrigento
Our driver, Armondo was fantastic. Picked us up at our house, on time. Knowledgeable, personable and accommodating. Played and sang old Sicilian songs to entertain us on long drive home. Highly recommend Taxi Catania NCC for amy travel needs in Sicily!
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Great excursion
mereteNewJersey, May 2019
Agrigento Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale Tour from Palermo
This is a wonderful tour from Palermo. Our guide Josefina is wonderful, she is so knowledgeable about the history. Highly recommended!

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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