The context - the Villa

Semi-public rooms

A room for semi-public use, on the other hand, had to have the quadrangular peristyle , the large portico, embellished with columns, on whose perimeter the rooms of the main nucleus of the villa overlook.
From this area of connection and passage begins the descending or private path in the west that contrasts with the opposite and ascending path in the east, which leads to the public spaces, although the distinction is not so strict. It is useful to remember, from recent studies, how the term “private” differs from the most common meaning associated with the Latin world.
In the case of this late antiquity domus with its extensive volumes, it is possible to identify reserved places, such as the ovoid peristyle and the triapsidal triclinium , used to host important guests, and not necessarily limited to an official setting.Moreover, in both public and private paths, the presence of geometrically decorated floor mosaics in the central nucleus distinguishes the service spaces arranged around sections that can be identified as apartments reserved for the dominus and his family.Finally, there are rooms with a dual use, such as the thermal baths, open to the public thanks to an external entrance, but which can also be accessed through the residential area of the villa that runs along the descending path.

The senses tell the massage room

The rural sacrifice

Solemn and majestic architecture to welcome a high-ranking commissioner

An eloquent symbol: the signum

An individual who has attracted the attention of scholars

Form of greeting or ritual?

The catalogue of animals

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

Semi-public rooms

The capture of wild animals for the roman amphitheatre games

The senses tell the Tri-Apsed Triclinium

The senses tell the frigidarium

A small room used as a privileged entrance to the baths

The Latifundium

The prestige of the dominus is revealed through the wall frescoes

Outdoor breakfast

The senses tell the Vestibule

The public and private rooms of the villa

The senses tell the Sacellum of the Lares

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

The senses tell the Basilica

The senses tell the Bi-Apsed room

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

A hidden meaning

A view of the race from the imperial gallery

The senses tell the monumental entrance

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

The protagonists of the mosaics

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

The senses tell the private entrance to the spa

The protagonists of the mosaic and the military themed frescoes

A line of armed men for an important Dominus

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

An official ceremony to welcome the Dominus

The apotheosis of Hercules

A dialogue between mythological and realistic scenes

The mosaics of the late antiquity residence

Worship of the Lares

An organic microcosm: the structure of the villa

A small room embellished with marble

The senses tell the Quadrangular Peristyle

The mansio of Philosophiana. A stopping place

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

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

The main nuclei of the Domus

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

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

A royal room housed the Dominus during his audiences

The possible celebration of a solemn event

The astral interpretation of the mosaic

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

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

A day of hunting at the villa

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

The paths of virus, a reflection of the Dominus