In the Heart of Sicily, the Finest Mosaics of the Roman World

Nov 09, 2019 392

BY: Silvia Donati

Located right in the heart of Sicily, Piazza Armerina boasts one of the largest and richest historical centers in Sicily. Built on three hills, in an area settled by the Romans, Piazza Armerina has preserved its medieval layout, while its monuments display a range of architectural styles, from Norman to Gothic to Baroque, remnants of its glorious past, which earned it the title of ‘Urbs Opulentissima,’ bestowed upon by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V in 1512.

Piazza Armerina is home to the Roman Villa del Casale and its famous mosaics, the ‘finest mosaics in situ anywhere in the Roman world,’ as described by Unesco, which inserted it into its World Heritage list in 1997.

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