The brief life and strange rebranding of the tankini; Melissa Batchelor Warnke; Vox

You can still buy a long bikini top today, but it will probably be called a “rash guard” or a “cami.”

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Villa Romana del Casale, Modica and Ibla, Ragusa; Cathy Bianchini; Travel Blog

Happy birthday David! 8:30 departure this morning as we had quite a bit of driving today. Our first section, as he headed to the UNESCO World Heritage…

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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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See the Roman Mosaics of Romana de Casale, Italy; Abby Sewell; National Geographic

Italy – Villa Romana del Casale

This luxe estate survived earthquakes, floods, fires, and the fall of the Roman empire with its impressive collection of artwork intact.

A luxurious estate in the Sicilian countryside dating back to the late Roman empire, Villa Romana del Casale has survived earthquakes, floods, fires, and the fall of the empire with its impressive collection of mosaics intact. It remains one of the most valuable historical and artistic sites connected to the late Imperial age.

The villa, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was built between the third and fourth centuries A.D. The building has an intricate layout, with more than 50 rooms and a sumptuous bath complex, signifying the wealth and power of its owners, whose identities are unknown. Although the building was partially destroyed by an earthquake in the 12th century, the mosaics adorning nearly every room were preserved by a mudslide and survived in nearly pristine condition until they were rediscovered by archeologists some 700 years later. They remain one of the finest collections of Roman tile work in the world.

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