Quadrangular Peristyle

A large colonnaded portico, a place of connection between the rooms

The large colonnaded portico connects the rooms in the central nucleus of the late antiquity residence, enriched in the centre by an open-air courtyard and a fountain with three pools. This vast space, embellished with mosaic decoration populated by protomes of wild animals, was enlivened daily by a continuous passage of people heading north towards the private and administrative areas or south, to reach the places of reception laid out along the public path.Family members, servants, handmaids, guests and people who were to receive an audience from the dominus walked, in every season, along the long corridor enriched by functional and scenic architecture bordered by marble slabs with dolphin motifs that flanked a number of entrances to the courtyard and by thirty-two evenly spaced columns.Above them there was a long marble architrave supporting sloping roofs, probably interrupted by an arch in the centre of the eastern colonnade which opened the passage to the transit area above and the basilica.

Form of greeting or ritual?

The senses tell the Bi-Apsed room

The prestige of the dominus is revealed through the wall frescoes

A small room used as a privileged entrance to the baths

The senses tell the Basilica

The late antiquity residence: locus amoenus and centre of administrative activities in the heart of Sicily

The senses tell the frigidarium

The apotheosis of Hercules

The realistic depiction of a spa procession with a high-ranking female figure

Banquets and panegyrics enlivened the vast hall, against the background of a floor mosaic celebrating the feats of Hercules

An organic microcosm: the structure of the villa

Solemn and majestic architecture to welcome a high-ranking commissioner

A view of the race from the imperial gallery

Auspicious symbols and perhaps the initials of the commissioner’s name decorate the mosaic of the apsidal room

Worship of the Lares

The paths of virus, a reflection of the Dominus

The senses tell the private entrance to the spa

The protagonists of the mosaics

A royal room housed the Dominus during his audiences

Semi-public rooms

The catalogue of animals

The senses tell the massage room

Outdoor breakfast

The senses tell the Sacellum of the Lares

The rural sacrifice

The Latifundium

An official ceremony to welcome the Dominus

The public and private rooms of the villa

A dialogue between mythological and realistic scenes

The possible celebration of a solemn event

A hidden meaning

An eloquent symbol: the signum

The senses tell the Quadrangular Peristyle

A day of hunting at the villa

The senses tell the Tri-Apsed Triclinium

The mosaics of the late antiquity residence

A small room embellished with marble

The senses tell the monumental entrance

A line of armed men for an important Dominus

A large colonnaded portico, a place of connection between the rooms

The golden age: hypotheses about the villa’s period of construction and clues

A chariot race, set in the circus Maximus of Rome, connects the villa to the city and centre of power

The protagonists of the mosaic and the military themed frescoes

Is the profile of the dominus hidden among the scenes depicted in the mosaics?

The astral interpretation of the mosaic

A small room represents one of the activities of the thermal bath route

High-ranking characters depicted in the mosaics of the apsidal niches of the frigidarium

The marble from the regions of the empire to decorate the basilica

The capture of wild animals for the roman amphitheatre games

The senses tell the room in the private apartment known as “small hunt”

The main nuclei of the Domus

The senses tell the bi-apsed ambulatory – Corridor of the “Great Hunt”

The senses tell the Vestibule

The mansio of Philosophiana. A stopping place

An individual who has attracted the attention of scholars