Hall of the private apartment named after the “small hunt”

The rural sacrifice

A rural sacrifice takes place in the middle of the second register of the floor mosaic.
Some characters are depicted in front of a statue of Diana, the goddess of hunting.One of them, evidently of high rank due to the details of his purple clothing adorned by clavi and orbiculi , offers the deity incense or resin in the brazier of a quadrangular altar; a ritual to gain favour for the hunting activity about to begin.At his side, two young men watch the scene, leading a horse by the reins, while a boy holds a dog at bay. At the time, scenes of rural sacrifice also adorned private residences, as shown by a Lillebonne mosaic , formerly Juliobona in Normandy.

The senses tell the Quadrangular Peristyle

An eloquent symbol: the signum

Solemn and majestic architecture to welcome a high-ranking commissioner

The possible celebration of a solemn event

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

Outdoor breakfast

The public and private rooms of the villa

A hidden meaning

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

A dialogue between mythological and realistic scenes

The senses tell the Vestibule

The apotheosis of Hercules

The prestige of the dominus is revealed through the wall frescoes

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

The protagonists of the mosaic and the military themed frescoes

The senses tell the frigidarium

Form of greeting or ritual?

The senses tell the massage room

The rural sacrifice

The mosaics of the late antiquity residence

The capture of wild animals for the roman amphitheatre games

A small room used as a privileged entrance to the baths

The senses tell the Bi-Apsed room

The astral interpretation of the mosaic

A small room embellished with marble

The protagonists of the mosaics

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

Worship of the Lares

An official ceremony to welcome the Dominus

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

The senses tell the Basilica

The senses tell the Tri-Apsed Triclinium

A day of hunting at the villa

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

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

An individual who has attracted the attention of scholars

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

The main nuclei of the Domus

A view of the race from the imperial gallery

An organic microcosm: the structure of the villa

The Latifundium

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

The senses tell the Sacellum of the Lares

A line of armed men for an important Dominus

The senses tell the monumental entrance

The catalogue of animals

The mansio of Philosophiana. A stopping place

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 senses tell the private entrance to the spa

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

Semi-public rooms

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

The paths of virus, a reflection of the Dominus

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