Villa Romana del Casale, Sicily (Where Gumbo was #272); DrFumblefinger; Travel Gumbo

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Italy – Villa Romana del Casale

Gumbo was visiting an old Roman Villa in Sicily.  Congratulations to Professor Abe and George G who successfully solved this week’s travel puzzle.

I like to visit UNESCO World Heritage sites when travel allows because they are uniformly interesting.  Villa del Casale is no exception as it has some of the best preserved and most extensive Roman mosaics anywhere.  The place is situated off the main tourist path in the central hills of Sicily and was a little hard to find, but the lovely well-preserved floor mosaics make it worth a little effort to get to.  It’s about 3 km from the town of Piazza Armerina.

Villa Romana del Casale was built in late Roman Empire, around the middle of the 4th Century AD, as a hunting lodge for a wealthy Roman (whose name is unknown).  The overall architecture is similar to many villas of the era — including courtyard, baths, private apartments, etc.  It is thought the complex was inhabited for the better part of two centuries.

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