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Piazza Armerina

The village of Piazza Armerina

The village of Piazza Armerina in the Enna province was founded in the 11th century and is above all known for the Villa Romana del Casale, a late Roman villa built in the 4th century, famous for its floor mosaics. In spite of their age, these mosaics have been remarkably well preserved due to the fact that they were buried by a landslide in the 12th century. One particularly interesting mosaic is that of the “bikini girls”, a series of women exercising and playing sports in what appear to be ancient bikinis.

The town itself also has a lot to offer visitors. The cathedral Duomo Maria Santissima Assunta, built on a hill in 1604, dominates the townscape. Also worth a visit are Palazzo Trigonia with its picture gallery and the Kastell Spinelli, built in the 14th century. Just outside the town is the Priorato di Sant’Andrea, an old church built in 1096, also home to a number of significant medieval frescos.