April 30, 2015 – To Agrigento via Villa Romana del Casale

One last breakfast on the porch and one last look at Mt. Etna with smoke streaming out the top and we are on our way. We get many hugs and kissy cheeks from the people at Villa Ducale. They tell us we must come back again and that Sarah should come to the Italian school there. She can live with them. What nice people!

Sarah pouring tea at our last breakfast at Villa Ducale
Sarah pouring tea at our last breakfast at Villa Ducale

We also say so long to Mt. Etna looming above us with smoke curling out of its top.

Smoking Mt. Etna
Smoking Mt. Etna

Our goal today is to see the Villa Romana del Casale, a 3rd-4th century large Roman house that was buried in a landslide and lay undiscovered for 1000 years. The villa would have been the property of a very higher-up in the government or a member of the royal family. It was kind of like the county seat of a large piece of property with numerous serfs and slaves.

The house is decorated with many mosaic floors and frescoed walls. While many of the mosaics have come through largely in tact, the wall decorations have mostly disappeared. Many of the mosaics refer to hunting scenes, games, or displays of Roman power and influence. These are very large scale mosaics covering the whole floor of the rooms.

Mosaic of a wild buffalo being subdued
Mosaic of a wild buffalo being subdued

An elephant being boarded on boat to be taken back to Rome
An elephant being boarded on boat to be taken back to Rome
Fishermen
Fishermen
A hunting scene with a feast in the center
A hunting scene with a feast in the center
The floor of the famous bikini room where girls vie for athletic prizes
The floor of the famous bikini room where girls vie for athletic prizes
Children in a chariot race
Children in a chariot race

After our visit we continue on to our next stop in Agrigento. Along the way wild fennel grows everywhere.
Wild fennel
Wild fennel

We eat at our favorite restaurant in San Leone. The dish of the day? Spaghetti con vongole.
Spaghetti con vongole
Spaghetti con vongole

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