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.

A small room used as a privileged entrance to the baths

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

The senses tell the monumental entrance

The capture of wild animals for the roman amphitheatre games

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

The astral interpretation of the mosaic

A small room embellished with marble

The paths of virus, a reflection of the Dominus

Worship of the Lares

The mosaics of the late antiquity residence

The senses tell the Basilica

A dialogue between mythological and realistic scenes

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

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

A hidden meaning

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

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

An organic microcosm: the structure of the villa

The possible celebration of a solemn event

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

Solemn and majestic architecture to welcome a high-ranking commissioner

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

The apotheosis of Hercules

The senses tell the frigidarium

Form of greeting or ritual?

The protagonists of the mosaic and the military themed frescoes

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

The rural sacrifice

The catalogue of animals

A day of hunting at the villa

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

The senses tell the private entrance to the spa

An individual who has attracted the attention of scholars

The senses tell the Tri-Apsed Triclinium

The prestige of the dominus is revealed through the wall frescoes

A royal room housed the Dominus during his audiences

An official ceremony to welcome the Dominus

The protagonists of the mosaics

The senses tell the massage room

Semi-public rooms

A view of the race from the imperial gallery

A line of armed men for an important Dominus

The public and private rooms of the villa

The Latifundium

The senses tell the Sacellum of the Lares

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

The senses tell the Bi-Apsed room

The main nuclei of the Domus

An eloquent symbol: the signum

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

Outdoor breakfast

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

The senses tell the Vestibule

The senses tell the Quadrangular Peristyle

The mansio of Philosophiana. A stopping place