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 protagonists of the mosaic and the military themed frescoes

The paths of virus, a reflection of the Dominus

A royal room housed the Dominus during his audiences

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

The senses tell the Basilica

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

The senses tell the monumental entrance

Outdoor breakfast

The possible celebration of a solemn event

The senses tell the Tri-Apsed Triclinium

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

The protagonists of the mosaics

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

A dialogue between mythological and realistic scenes

A small room embellished with marble

The prestige of the dominus is revealed through the wall frescoes

The main nuclei of the Domus

The senses tell the Quadrangular Peristyle

The senses tell the private entrance to the spa

The senses tell the Vestibule

A view of the race from the imperial gallery

A hidden meaning

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

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

The senses tell the massage room

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

The astral interpretation of the mosaic

The senses tell the Sacellum of the Lares

An organic microcosm: the structure of the villa

Worship of the Lares

The mosaics of the late antiquity residence

An eloquent symbol: the signum

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

A line of armed men for an important Dominus

The Latifundium

Semi-public rooms

The rural sacrifice

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

Solemn and majestic architecture to welcome a high-ranking commissioner

The mansio of Philosophiana. A stopping place

A day of hunting at the villa

The senses tell the frigidarium

The catalogue of animals

The public and private rooms of the villa

The apotheosis of Hercules

The senses tell the Bi-Apsed room

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

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

A small room used as a privileged entrance to the baths

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

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

The capture of wild animals for the roman amphitheatre games

An individual who has attracted the attention of scholars

An official ceremony to welcome the Dominus

Form of greeting or ritual?