Villa del Casale is located in Piazza Armerina, in the province of Enna. Protected by Unesco as being on the World Heritage List since 1997, it represents a particularly important archaeological site for the cultural heritage of the Sicilian Region.
Dating from the late imperial period, this Roman structure represents an immeasurable wealth in terms of the quantity and quality of its architectural and decorative details.
Its management is currently entrusted to the Archaeological Park of Morgantina and the Roman Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina, an institute of the Regional Administration for Cultural Heritage.
The Villa represents the centre of an important latifundium, with administrative, residential and representative functions. It possesses more than 3,000 square metres of mosaics that wish to fulfil an obvious need for representation, as well as a manifestation of the landlord’s culture. The owner of the Villa is unknown to date, but according to the most recent studies, it is attributed to a high-ranking member of the Roman senatorial aristocracy, probably a Praefectus Urbi (a person responsible for public order in the city of Rome).
The residence is built on several levels and divided into four further large areas:
Administration, unofficial banquet rooms, worship rooms;
Residential units with connected service rooms;
Transit and service areas.