Saturday, January 12, 2008

Villa Romana del Casale

On Christmas, Don and I drove to Piazza Armerina to visit the amazing remains of a Roman villa of one of the co-Emperors of Rome. Beautifully situated, it has world-renowned floor mosaics and some remains of the paintings on the walls. It is far off season, so, unfortunately, the mosaics had not been dusted. In spots where water was on them, the colors jumped out. Still, the photos can give you a sense of the scale and beauty of the place. Among the photos is one of women in bikinis--they wore these in the gymnasium. They exercised before going to the baths.

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