Villa Romana del Casale

Villa Romana del Casale: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Palermo: Villa Romana and Valley of the Temples Trip

1. From Palermo: Villa Romana and Valley of the Temples Trip

Follow in the footsteps of the Greeks and Romans on a day trip where your transport is taken care of for you. Discover some of the finest Roman mosaics in the world at the Villa Romana del Casale. Learn all about the Valley of the Temples archaeological site with a licensed local guide. Meet your driver in central Palermo and be taken straight to Piazza Armerina, where you will explore the Villa Romana del Casale independently. Marvel at the luxurious 4th-century villa, home to an influential Roman family. Take your time to examine its exquisite mosaic flooring. Continue to Agrigento for a guided tour of the magnificent Valley of Temples, built by the Greeks in the 5th century BC. See the ruins of temples, necropolises, houses, streets, and everything else you'd expect to find in an ancient city. Finally, return to the meeting point in Palermo.

Catania: Valley of the Temples & Piazza Armerina Transfer

2. Catania: Valley of the Temples & Piazza Armerina Transfer

Drive to the southern coast of Sicily in a comfortable and air-conditioned vehicle to explore and learn about the history, culture, and art found in Sicily in the Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale.  Your tour will begin with the visit of the majestic archaeological area of the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pindar, the Greek poet, and writer described it as “one of the most beautiful cities of those inhabited by mortals”. Famous for its seven well-preserved temples, Valley of the Temples dedicated to various divinity including Juno, Hercules, Hephaestus, and Athena. The visit to the Valley of the Temples is a wonderfully memorable experience that allows you to delve into the Greek culture and history that has been woven into Sicily.  After strolling through the Valley of the temples in Agrigento, you will stop to enjoy a delicious packed lunch made of Sicilian street food, water, and wine before traveling to Piazza Armerina. Found in the heart of Sicily, Piazza Armerina is home to the splendid Villa Romana del Casale a majestic imperial villa originally property of a powerful Roman family. At the villa, you will find the best conserved in-situ Roman mosaics in the world.

From Catania: Caltagirone and Piazza Armerina Full Day Tour

3. From Catania: Caltagirone and Piazza Armerina Full Day Tour

Start your tour with a visit to Caltagirone UNESCO World Heritage site, famous for its production of pottery, dating back to Arab dominations, with characteristic colors.  Visit the historical center, the famous Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte, and the culture of pottery in the city. See the excellent colored glazes that adorn the streets, staircases, balconies, squares, fountains, churches, and palaces. In Caltagirone you will be offered the typical Sicilian snack "Tavola Calda" from Catania, Etna's red wine, and bottled water. In the afternoon, head to Piazza Armerina to see the huge UNESCO-listed Villa Romana del Casale, originally belonging to a powerful Roman family. Find the best conserved in-site Roman mosaics in the world, including the mosaic flooring, wall mosaics, columns, statues, capitals, and coins. Return to the starting point around 6:30 PM to complete your tour.

Piazza Armerina Full-Day Tour

4. Piazza Armerina Full-Day Tour

Piazza Armerina is a small town two hours by road from Palermo. The town is famous chiefly for its Roman mosaics in the Villa Romana del Casale, about 3 kilometers (2 miles) to the southwest. It has a range of significant architecture dating from medieval times through to the 18th century. The discovery and excavation of the well-preserved, highly refined mosaics has helped attract tourists. The Villa Romana del Casale is a Roman villa urbana built in the first quarter of the 4th century and located about 3 km outside the town of Piazza Armerina, Sicily, southern Italy. It contains the richest, largest and most complex collection of Roman mosaics in the world, and has been designated as one of 49 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Italy. This tour is operated only with a Driver/Escort. The visit to the Roman Villa of Casale will be independent. The Driver/Escort is not a Licensed Tourist Guide. The Driver/Escort is not a Licensed Tourist Guide. Licensed Tourist Guides are the only professionals, with a regional license, permitted to conduct visits and tours in all sites and museums within a city. The Driver/Escort cannot escort people inside the monuments, because this is not allowed by Italian law. However, they have the competences to promote the most important highlights providing basic historical and cultural information. This tour is operated with a Licensed Tourist Guide on the spot to visit the Roman Villa.

Sicily: 7-Day Sicilian Culture and Art Tour

5. Sicily: 7-Day Sicilian Culture and Art Tour

Day 1 After getting picked up at Catania Airport, enjoy a welcome aperitif in the company of your local guide in Catania. Afterward, enjoy a walking tour of the city during which you will see iconic landmarks such as the Duomo Square, The cathedral fi Saint Agatha, Roman Amphitheatre, and Bellini Park. Day 2 Start your day with a light trek on Europe's most active volcano, Mount Etna. After your trek, re-energize with a traditional Italian lunch at a family-run restaurant. You will also be able to sample some local wines from the Etna region. After lunch, enjoy some free time to explore the town of Taormina at your own pace before heading up to Castelmola, where you can sample the region's famous almond wine served with delicious biscuits. Finish the day by watching the breathtaking sunset in the village of Savoca, one of Italy's prettiest villages and the setting for the Godfather movie. Day 3 Today, enjoy a guided tour of the city of Syracuse, including a visit to the island of Ortigia. Here, admire landmarks such as the Cathedral of Saint Lucy, Caravaggio, Archimedes Square, and the Fountain of Aretusa. Afterward, move onto Neapolis Archaeological Park where you can admire the Latomie del Paradiso, Greek Theatre, Roman Amphitheatre, and  The Ear of Dionysius. Stop for lunch in the town of Noto, a baroque-style town with elegant churches and sprawling palaces. In the afternoon, enjoy a chocolate-making masterclass in the oldest chocolate factory in Sicily before heading to the picture-perfect town of Ragusa Ibla, where you will spend the night. Day 4 Start your day at the Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina, where one of the largest and richest collections of Roman mosaics in the world awaits you. Afterward, head to the Valley of Temples, where you will discover one of the greatest examples of Greater Greece's art and architecture. Enjoy some free time to explore this sprawling temple complex, with 7 ancient Greek temples. Day 5 In the morning, head to the coastal town of Marsala to sample the town's namesake wine. Learn how to differentiate this unique fortified wine by its amber color and unique scent. In the afternoon, head to the Trapani Salt Museum. Here, learn more about salt production methods in the area and admire a unique landscape dotted with over 100 mills, some of which are still in function. Finish the day with a stroll around the medieval town of Erice, a historic and charming town located in the Sicilian hills. Day 6 Today, you will be visiting the towns of Palermo and Monreale, both of which are famous for their Byzantine-style mosaics. In Palermo, visit the 12th-century cathedral and immerse yourself in the city's vibrant history and culture. In Monreale, admire the fine mosaics in the town's great Norman cathedral. Afterward, take in panoramic views of the surrounding valley, filled with orange, olive and almond trees. Day 7 Spend your last day in Sicily at the seaside town of Cefalu. Spend a few hours getting lost in a maze of tiny streets and ice-cream shops before heading Castelbuono, a picturesque village hidden in the Madonie Mountains. Get dropped off back at the airport at the end of your trip.

Valley of the Temples & Piazza Armerina Tour From Taormina

6. Valley of the Temples & Piazza Armerina Tour From Taormina

Start at around 8.00 am with pickup at the hotel or in its close vicinity in the Taormina area. Drive on board of our 9 seats vehicles towards Agrigento and stop at the Valley of the Temples, declared Unesco World Heritage in 1997. There, it will be possible to admire the ruins of the Greek Temples built between 510 BC and 430 BC ( for example the Temples of Zeus, Juno, Hephaestus, Concordia, Hercules, and Castor & Pollux), supplied with informative brochures and a map for the self-guided tour of the archaeological site (approximately 1,5 hours). Afterward, enjoy a tasty Sicilian brunch with local typical food and wine. Once at Piazza Armerina, explore the majestic Villa Romana del Casale (Unesco World Heritage since 1997) probably one of the largest and elaborated Roman palaces in the world. Built by the ancient Romans in the 4th century, the Villa still preserves 3000 sq. meters of perfectly conserved mosaics and opus sectile pavements. At the end of the day, our driver will drop you off at the starrting point.

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What people are saying about Villa Romana del Casale

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 29 reviews

4th. October 2022. Excellent tour and driver/guide (Carlos). The Valley of the Temples is fascinating and the Temple of Concordia awe inspiring. This tour allows time for only a taste of the site but is well worth it, leaving me wanting to return and explore for longer. While we were travelling to the sites, Carlos explained the historical and cultural context of what we were going to see in great depth and with passion and humour. He did not accompany us into the sites: I found this approach ideal for me. Instead of going at the pace dictated by a guide, I was able to linger where I wanted and my imagination was free to wander. The Villa Romana del Casale is fabulous. It is alive in a way that some historical sites are not because so much is left intact. It is almost possible to see and hear the people going about their lives and to watch the craftsmen laying the superb mosaics. It is truly ‘not to be missed’. Sicily Day by Day are the best. Grazie mille Carlos.

Our driver gave incredible history and background while enroute to the Valley of Temples. He then gave advice on what to see and how to pace ourselves for time. On arrival we explored at our own pace by ourselves. He was very good, knowledgeable and had a good sense of humour. It was a long day and money well spent.

Difficult places to get to by public transport. This trip had a nice combination of 2 historical sites from different time periods. Both UNESCO-recognised, so world-class.

Great tour! Everything ran smoothly and on time. Great picnic lunch with local food and wine. Both Unesco sites are a must see!

Loved it. Loved our driver and organizer too. The lunch was delicious. Well planned and executed.