Piazza Armerina

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  • Day369

    Day 370: Villa Romana Del Casale

    February 19, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    See ya later Syracuse, we're outta here. Packed up and left the city in the morning, heading westwards roughly along the southern coast. After a couple of hours driving we arrived at the town of Piazza Armerina, where our next world heritage site was located.

    This one was a good one - a late Imperial era Roman villa (so dating from the 4th century AD), with absolutely exquisite floor mosaics (and some wall frescoes as well). We've seen quite a few Roman mosaics lately, but these were absolutely outstanding - lots of scenes of hunting, gods and goddesses, intricate patternwork, etc.

    We spent a few hours wandering around, since the villa was quite large though not on the same scale as Hadrian's villa outside of Rome. What I found interesting was that very little written record of the villa exists; quite unusual for the period. As a result, it's not actually known who built the villa or why, nor do we know who lived there! Though the common theory is that it was a particular governor of Sicily during the mid 4th century who was renowned for being wealthy and powerful.

    After indulging in our fill of floor mosaics, we got back in the car and headed towards Agrigento. We had the problem though that it was lunch time, but of course no lunch places were anywhere to be found. Eventually we stopped at a random town and managed to find a place that was open, though it was more expensive than we wanted. A sit down meal of (admittedly good) pasta with drinks ended up at 30 euros.

    After a couple of hours we arrived in Agrigento about halfway along the southern coastline of Sicily. Like Syracuse, this was a Greek colony founded around 500 BC that eventually fell under the sway of the Romans. But there's some fantastic remains of temples here to check out which we were both looking forward to tomorrow.

    First problem, however, was that the road to our Airbnb was closed for resurfacing! Our host lives elsewhere in Italy (Bologna I think), and although her mother lives on the property and manages things on the ground, she hadn't thought to mention that fact! So with a bit of difficulty, we managed to talk our way in Italian past the barricades and construction workers, and finally found the place. They weren't particularly impressed, and even less impressed when we went back out straight afterwards to visit the supermarket!

    Like others we've stayed in, this place was horrendously cold at night. It's been a common problem in the south of Italy - houses just aren't designed at all for the winter. It's a problem in Australia too, but this is much worse. So we went to bed early and shivered under the blankets, listening to rain on the roof. Hopefully it clears up tomorrow!
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  • Day19

    Piazza Armerina

    April 21, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    Nous quittons la Sicile Ionienne pour aller dans celle du Centre et voulons aller jusqu'au nombril de l'île. D'abord il nous faut une place pour prendre un picnic. Les paysage de l'intérieur sont de toute beauté, vallonnées et fertiles. Un musée-grotte près de Valguarnera, fermé à cette période, a des places de picnic sous les arbres, top. Une fois arrivés à Piazza Armerina, notre étape pour ce soir, nous cherchons notre agricampeggio. Que l'état du bitume se trouve quelque peu délabré est noté dans le guide, mais l'étroitesse de la route me fait soupirer. Nous trouvons ce lieu 12km plus loin dans la pampa, il y a déjà un petit womo allemand qui a aussi trouvé le chemin. Nous pensons d'avoir trouvé l'endroit le plus calme de l'île, il n'y a pas de réception téléphonique, mais c'était sans prevoir le club de camping-car allemand qui débarque à 18h. Le calme s'est fini!Read more

  • Day19

    Villa Romana del Casale

    April 21, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    Jeudi, 20 avril 2017
    Il y a un petit P.S. à ajouter pour hier soir: nous avons soupé au resto de la ferme qui nous a hébergé. Ils nous ont proposé un menu unique et c'était copieux et très bon (12 antipasti pour commencer). Après une nuit froide à 700m, un départ de bonne heure s'impose ce matin. Nous voulons visiter la Villa romana del Casale et ses mosaïques, site classé par l'UNESCO et si possible éviter le grand rush des cars. C'est effectivement une superbe visite et les mosaïques sont très bien mis en valeur. Ces bandes-dessinées d'un autre temps nous occupent deux heures. Piazza Armeria que nous voulons visiter, n'en veut pas de nous, aucune place de parc.Read more

  • Day107

    Piazza Armerina

    February 11 in Italy ⋅ 🌫 10 °C

    I stayed in Piazza Armerina in order to visit the Roman Villa; another town spreading over the hills like an eiderdown.
    Started in the 10thC by the Saracens, these streets are 13thC although I couldn't find any houses obviously from that period as there has been quite a bit of rebuilding.
    Of particular interest is the Candy Cathedral, where votive offerings of sweets are piled up -yeah, even unto and surpassing the rafters - forming a conical roof. [Surprisingly, not a UNESCO World Heritage site. Yet.]Read more

  • Day107

    Villa Romana del Casale

    February 11 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    An Unesco World Heritage Site mainly owing to the largest collection of Roman mosaics in the world - there are 3535 square metres of them. Built as a hunting lodge starting in the late 4th century, it is believed to have been used by Diocletian's co-emperor, Marcus Aurelius Maximianus. The buildings were covered by a mudslide in the 12th century, after some medievil infractions unfortunately, (like building ovens for firing clay on some of the floors,) and they place has only started to be cleaned up in the last 60 years.
    Very naturalistic in style they give an insight into Roman life. The 100 foot "hunting gallery" is a depiction of every stage of the 'hunt', from capturing animals in Africa to chasing them down in the park or arena.
    Two sets I particularly liked. The girls in bikinis taking part in the womens pentathlon would not have aroused much comment if they appeared on TV today. They remind us how little different people were then compared to now. The children's chariot race, mimicing the grown up ones even down to the four team colours, (white, red, blue,green;) but using birds to draw the chariot is something I can hardly imagine - geese? ducks? pheasant? - but that is how it is recorded, even down to the little boys whose job it was to keep the birds moving and throwing water to cool them.
    The painting is an archaeological reconstruction of what it may have looked like based on the fragments of paint etc recovered from the stone.
    Since it was dark and the viewing angles difficult, I did not take many shots but better pictures can be seen here:
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  • Day3

    Villa Romana (Teil 1/2)

    September 24, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    Heute ging es schon ganz früh am Morgen in Richtung Villa Romana. Also weiter ins Landesinnere Siziliens.

    Leider spielte das Wetter heute morgen nicht wirklich mit und es regnete die ganze Zeit in Strömen... wer hat denn da bitte nicht aufgegessen? :P Aber egal, als wir ankamen und den Bus verließen, hörte es quasi schon fast auf zu regnen. Also alles gut. Die meiste Zeit hielten wir uns hier eh drinnen in der Villa auf. Ja was gibts hierzu zu sagen. Kultur und Touri Programm halt. Heißt wir waren natürlich nicht alleine an diesem verregneten Sonntag. War wahrscheinlich für viele ein Ausweichprogrammpunkt falls es regnet. So wurde es dann im Inneren mal ganz schnell etwas eng und auch ziemlich laut. Aus jeder Ecke hörte man einen anderen Guide in verschiedensten Sprachen dieser Erde sprechen. Von Deutsch, Englisch, Französisch und Chinesisch... alle waren vertreten und lieferten sich quasi ein Duell des übertönens. Wer gewonnen hat? Ich weiß es nicht. Ich war damit beschäftigt die wundervollen Mosaike zu bestaunen und festzustellen, dass sie damals genauso comic artig "gezeichnet" haben, wie wir heutzutage.

    Zum Mittag gab es eine typische italienische Pizza. Meine erste in Italien und ich muss sagen, mh.... so eine Pizza habe ich zuvor noch nie gegessen gehabt. Lecker :)

    Frisch gestärkt ging es weiter Richtung Agrigent. Ein kleiner Fotostopp wurde noch eingelegt... leider ist mir der Name der wundervollen kleinen Stadt am Hang verloren gegangen...
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Piazza Armerina, Cjassa, Ciazza

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