The thermal baths

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

The square-shaped room, located between the frigidarium and the tepidarium , is decorated with a mosaic enlivened by the presence of five figures, arranged on two different levels.
In the upper one, a man with a particularly athletic build stands out, perhaps the dominus of the villa, flanked by two young servants; one engaged in a massage, the other with the related tools, a strigil and a round vial containing an aromatic ointment.
In the area below the mosaic, two other servants can be seen, whose name, shown in the vocative, is highlighted on the band of fabric covering their sides: Tite and Cassi.  Both are equipped with items used for massage. Titus has cream, the lomentum, inserted in a bucket, while Cassius, perhaps of Syrian origin due to his pointed headgear, is depicted with a brush and lotions, to perfume his master after the thermal bath.Roman culture gave great importance to bodily care and anointing, generally carried out at the end of the sequence of hot and cold baths.

The possible celebration of a solemn event

The mosaics of the late antiquity residence

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

The astral interpretation of the mosaic

The senses tell the monumental entrance

The senses tell the massage room

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

A small room embellished with marble

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

The apotheosis of Hercules

The senses tell the Quadrangular Peristyle

An eloquent symbol: the signum

A royal room housed the Dominus during his audiences

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

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

Outdoor breakfast

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

An individual who has attracted the attention of scholars

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

The mansio of Philosophiana. A stopping place

A view of the race from the imperial gallery

A dialogue between mythological and realistic scenes

An official ceremony to welcome the Dominus

The capture of wild animals for the roman amphitheatre games

The protagonists of the mosaic and the military themed frescoes

A line of armed men for an important Dominus

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

The protagonists of the mosaics

The main nuclei of the Domus

A hidden meaning

A day of hunting at the villa

The rural sacrifice

The senses tell the Sacellum of the Lares

The paths of virus, a reflection of the Dominus

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

Worship of the Lares

The senses tell the frigidarium

The prestige of the dominus is revealed through the wall frescoes

The catalogue of animals

Form of greeting or ritual?

The senses tell the private entrance to the spa

The Latifundium

The senses tell the Bi-Apsed room

An organic microcosm: the structure of the villa

Solemn and majestic architecture to welcome a high-ranking commissioner

A small room used as a privileged entrance to the baths

The senses tell the Basilica

The senses tell the Vestibule

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

The public and private rooms of the villa

Semi-public rooms

The senses tell the Tri-Apsed Triclinium

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

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

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