Itinerary B
Piazza Armerina

[5] A spectacular colonnade

This long porticoed corridor is really wide and leads to all the rooms of the central core of the villa. Its architecture is very scenic and consists of thirty-two tall columns with an Attic base and Corinthian capitals. It has a courtyard in the centre and a large fountain with three basins which, in late antiquity, must have cooled down those who walked through it. Those who went to the official rooms of the villa, but also to the private rooms reserved for the dominus and his family, could not escape the gaze of the protomes of wild animals that animate the floor of the Peristyle on three sides. Even today, it seems to be a rich representation of all the exotic animal species known in the Empire.