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Historic Homes/Mansions, Tours, Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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  • 4.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Stroll through the villa of a wealthy Roman family filled with well-preserved mosaics on both the floor and walls. The UNESCO World Heritage Site, which dates back to the fourth century, also contains columns, capitals, statues, coins and the remains of thermal baths.

Recent visitors said the mosaics are stunning and some even described it as the highlight of their trip to Sicily.

The villa is located in the center of Sicily with Enna to its north as the closest major city (24 miles away). It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. from the end of March to the end of October and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from the end of October through the end of March. The last entry to the villa is an hour before closing time. Tickets cost 10 euros (about $11) per person. For more information, visit the official website.

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