VILLA ROMANA DI SAN BIAGIO

 
Terme di vigliatore

Considered one of the most interesting examples of suburban luxury villas in Sicily, the villa was built between the end of the 2nd and the beginning of the 1st century B.C. on a site already frequented in the Hellenistic period. The layout, with the entrance on the north side of the central body, is articulated, according to a customary scheme, around a large quadrangular peristyle, onto which open a series of rooms for various uses (private, reception/living, service) and the private bath complex.

Of great interest is the presence of numerous black and white tessellated floors, in particular the figurative mosaic with a fishing scene, and rich wall decorations. The various building interventions, which can be read in the walls, wall coverings and floor levels, indicate that the structure was in use for several centuries.

The last phase of occupation of the area, following a violent destruction between the late 5th and early 6th century A.D., is represented by modest wall structures found in the eastern sector of the complex.

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