the mosaics are stunning and set in a beautiful airy building. Having read an old guide to Sicily I was worried about the standard of preservation of the mosaic pavements at this site. However when we got there we found that there had been a lot of work done on the site including car parking and a fantastic new building which includes access for disabled travellers.
I was really disappointed of our visit to this town. We had heard nice things about it and the Villa Casale. Well the town is really the most dirties place you can find in the entire Sicily. The street are dirty, no space to walk around, everything is uphill and the people and the restaurants/caffè are not welcoming. Of every town visit in Sicily this came as a really bad surprise, like nobody takes care of the town. It could be one of the most beautiful towns to visit if the government would care, but it seems they are just fine with the situation as it is. Would pass it without a doubt!
The town itself is a bit tired and boring, and has a hellish one way system with difficult parking. You will not have missed much by giving it a miss apart from, of course, the great Villa Romana itself.
Managed to be there for August festival celebrating Normal victory. Great event with lots of medieval pageantry and best of all jousting tournament! Great atmosphere amongst the locals (it felt like we were the only tourists there). Highly recommend as an experience.
It's worth a visit to the upper town , with old buildings and a cathedral modified in the 17th century , but with still visible the original part of the 12th century .
the town is basically a thoroughfare between Enna and Ragusa, and it's claim to fame is the Villa Casale which is truly worthwhile....there is no other reason to visit this town; other than to get to the Villa....there are many picturesque hilltop towns that offer many more fine eateries and monuments.
Driving into the picturesque town is challenging - there are several very good restaurants. I would have liked to spend more time there.
One of my favorite sites in Sicily, amazing! Even the ride there was thru the country side and so beautiful. Well worth the trip & take back roads there,not the highway.
First a plate of pasta with lamb liver before you tackle the some of the city's monuments. This is an incredibly small town at the heart of Sicily. Dwarfed by the Mountains, the village resembles an anthill, with thousands of houses piled on top of each other on three hills distinguished by a 17th-century Duomo and an older Aragonese castle. The fascinating, in fact, intriguing part of tis town is hidden..... one needs to dig deep to see it, to explore the narrow streets of the historic cenrtre around the Piazza Garibaldi. I don't mean we have to dig deep, for its already done, revealing the churches, the baroque and Renaissance palazzos, and what is left of the medieval Norman construction, when the city reached its height of splendour and fame. I think, in all truth, one comes here to see the splendid mosaics, right?. To call them beautiful simply denotes the lack of descriptive metaphors at our finger tips. Its a treasure-house of the best preserved collection of Roman mosaics in the world. the villa itself is stunning and gives an accurate looksee of Roman culture and its civilization in Sicily. Forty rooms, from reception to latrines, to thermal baths all utilising the full 3,500-square-meter villa. All the rooms bear incredible reality in their mosaics which encompass scenes from Homer (not Simpson) as well as, hunting, circuses and a group of lovely young ladies in two-piece bikinis, the first in the history of art.
The outskirts are uninspiring but the centre of the city has some lovely streets and good restaurants. Worth a visit after the Roman mosaics