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Piazza Armerina

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Piazza Armerina is a town in central Sicily, Italy best known for Roman Mosaics of the Villa Romana di Casale.

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Frequent buses run to and from Enna, Caltagirone, Catania, Palermo and Pergusa stop in Piazza Senatore Mareschali.

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It is easy enough to walk around the old and new towns. The town itself nestles on hills and was built in two parts - first by the Saracens in the 10th century and then developed to the southeast in the 15th and then again the 17th centuries. There are many wonderful buildings to see including the 18th century Duomo, which dominates the town standing majestically on top of a hill, the elegant town hall and grand old palazzi such as the Palazzo Trigona. For those who enjoy wandering through small streets and finding hidden places, try the 13th century area round the Via Monte near the Duomo.

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Roman bikini. Mosaic from the Villa Romana.
  • The old town contains several interesting buildings.
  • Villa Romana del Casale

The large Roman Villa is one of the highlights of Sicily, with the remains of a large number of rooms covered by a huge canopy to protect the numerous elaborate mosaics which are much more impressive than those at Pompeii. In fact you can tell what the room was by the mosaic. For instance, there is a mosaic with a rather rotund man getting a massage, then being washed down to enter the baths. After the baths the room shows the man drying off with a big fluffy towel. With that you know the first room was to get relaxed before entering the baths and so on. Also very interesting is the mosaic of the "Girls in Bikinis" depicting women working out in a gym.

The Villa sits 5km Southwest of Piazza Armerina, with about 5 buses a day from Piazza Senatore Mareschali, or you could walk, or take a taxi from the nearby Piazza Generale Cascino.

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  • Trattoria Da Gianna, Piazza Umberto I, 9, 94015 Piazza Armerina, +. Home cooking restaurant  edit

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  • Albergo Del Borgo Don Bosco 2000, Salita S. Giovanni, 4, 94015 Piazza Armerina, +39 093 568 6944 (). Interesting place, based in the centre of town, used to be a convent, good breakfast. inc breakfast (Oct '07).  edit
  • Aragonese, Vico Sant'Antonio, 11, 94015 Piazza Armerina, +39 333 591 4178. B&B  edit
  • Baobab, Via Sant'Antonio 16, +39 333 828 5730, [1]. B&B  edit
  • Giucalem, C.da Bel Verde, +39 093 568 7062 (), [2]. B&B  edit
  • La Casa sulla Collina d'Oro, Via P. Mattarella s.n.c., +39 093 589 680 (), [3]. B&B  edit
  • La Volpe e l'Uva, Via S. Veneranda, 35, 94015 Piazza Armerina (historical center)., +39 093 568 0752 (). B&B Double room with breakfast.  edit
  • Selene, Via Generale Gaeta, 30, 94015 Piazza Armerina (Exit Piazza Armerina Nord), +39 093 568 3412 (). checkin: 14:00; checkout: 11:00. Hotel recently renovated. Perfect location to explore the treasures of central Sicily.  edit
  • Suite d'Autore Art Design Gallery Hotel, Via Monte, 1, +39 093 568 8553 (, fax: +39 093 568 6242), [4].  edit
  • Villa Bentivoglio, Contrada Vallone di Sarro, Snc, 94015 Piazza Armerina, +39 331 771 2886 (), [5]. B&B  edit

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