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 marble from the regions of the empire to decorate the basilica

The senses tell the Bi-Apsed room

The senses tell the frigidarium

The senses tell the private entrance to the spa

A small room embellished with marble

The senses tell the massage room

The possible celebration of a solemn event

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

An individual who has attracted the attention of scholars

A line of armed men for an important Dominus

The senses tell the Tri-Apsed Triclinium

A small room used as a privileged entrance to the baths

A day of hunting at the villa

A royal room housed the Dominus during his audiences

Form of greeting or ritual?

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

The senses tell the Basilica

A dialogue between mythological and realistic scenes

The apotheosis of Hercules

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

The public and private rooms of the villa

Solemn and majestic architecture to welcome a high-ranking commissioner

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

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

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

The paths of virus, a reflection of the Dominus

Worship of the Lares

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

The main nuclei of the Domus

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

The senses tell the Vestibule

The Latifundium

An eloquent symbol: the signum

Outdoor breakfast

A hidden meaning

The protagonists of the mosaics

The senses tell the monumental entrance

The senses tell the Quadrangular Peristyle

The mosaics of the late antiquity residence

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

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

The protagonists of the mosaic and the military themed frescoes

The astral interpretation of the mosaic

The prestige of the dominus is revealed through the wall frescoes

The capture of wild animals for the roman amphitheatre games

An organic microcosm: the structure of the villa

Semi-public rooms

The catalogue of animals

The mansio of Philosophiana. A stopping place

The rural sacrifice

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

A view of the race from the imperial gallery

The senses tell the Sacellum of the Lares

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

An official ceremony to welcome the Dominus