The thermal baths

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

The subjects that emerge in the first phase mosaics are more legible in the north-eastern apse.
A young man, seated on a chair on which a fringed pardalis rests, is wrapped in a soft towel, used after bathing in the pool. Behind him, a servant approaches while holding a cloth and another young man, placed opposite, holds a white robe with clavi , a green cloak and a pardalis, all folded in an orderly fashion.An opposite scene can be seen in the niche to the west, from whose mosaic fragments four figures can be made out, represented in the act of undressing. The central figure has just removed his green paenula , handed to the servant dressed in red, and dons the colobium, a robe covering the tunic, adorned with elegantly decorated clavi and orbiculi . At his feet, another servant is probably kneeling to unbuckle this character’s sandals.

The senses tell the frigidarium

The catalogue of animals

A royal room housed the Dominus during his audiences

An eloquent symbol: the signum

The senses tell the Vestibule

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

A view of the race from the imperial gallery

The astral interpretation of the mosaic

The public and private rooms of the villa

The protagonists of the mosaic and the military themed frescoes

The prestige of the dominus is revealed through the wall frescoes

A small room embellished with marble

An individual who has attracted the attention of scholars

The rural sacrifice

An organic microcosm: the structure of the villa

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

The senses tell the Basilica

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

The protagonists of the mosaics

Semi-public rooms

The senses tell the Quadrangular Peristyle

A small room used as a privileged entrance to the baths

A dialogue between mythological and realistic scenes

Worship of the Lares

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

A day of hunting at the villa

The senses tell the Tri-Apsed Triclinium

The mosaics of the late antiquity residence

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

A line of armed men for an important Dominus

The senses tell the Sacellum of the Lares

The mansio of Philosophiana. A stopping place

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

The apotheosis of Hercules

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

An official ceremony to welcome the Dominus

The main nuclei of the Domus

The senses tell the Bi-Apsed room

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?

The senses tell the massage room

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

The Latifundium

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

The paths of virus, a reflection of the Dominus

A hidden meaning

The possible celebration of a solemn event

The senses tell the private entrance to the spa

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

Outdoor breakfast

The senses tell the monumental entrance

Solemn and majestic architecture to welcome a high-ranking commissioner

Form of greeting or ritual?

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

The capture of wild animals for the roman amphitheatre games