This Catania shore trip is an excellent option for those who are fans of all things ancient Roman. The highlight is a visit to the 3rd century Roman Villa which allows the visitor to understand the social and economic structures of the period.
After meeting your guide in Catania you depart for Casale County and the Roman Villa which is located near the town of Piazza Armerina. The villa was likely the luxurious private house of a powerful Roman family. It was discovered here at the end of the 1800s but not fully brought back to attention until the 1950s.
For many visitors the highlight are the wonderfully decorated floor mosaics which cover about 10,000 square feet of the villa. It is because of these mosaics that the villa became a UNESCO site in 1997. The images within the mosaics are rich in detail, color and shade.
After a two hour tour of the villa you drive to the town of Piazza Armerina where you enjoy a short walking tour and then free time to enjoy lunch (meal not included). The city of Piazza, as it was called before 1862, began during the Norman domination of Sicily in the 11th century, however the area has been inhabited since prehistoric times. The Norman influence is obvious including Gothic architecture and the massive Cathedral.
On the way back to Catania you enjoy impressive views of Mt. Etna looming over the island.
Mobility: Folding wheelchair OK, some sites may be inaccessible (advance notice required)
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