Villa Romana del Casale & cooking class

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Depart from hotel to Piazza Armerina and first of all enjoy a cooking lesson at a farm- house located in the center of the island. Enjoy the hands on cooking lesson and then lunch based on all biological and genuine products. In the afternoon, visit the Roman villa del Casale famous for its more than 3500 sqm of well preserved mosaics. Back to Cata- nia.

The Villa was constructed (on the remains of an older villa) in the first quarter of the 4th century AD, probably as the center of a huge latifundium (agricultural estate) covering the surrounding area. How long the villa kept this role is not known, maybe for less than 150 years. The complex remained inhabited and a village grew around it, named Platia (derived from the word palatium (palace). The villa was damaged and perhaps destroyed during the domination of the Vandals and the Visigoths. The outbuildings remained in use, at least in part, during the Byzantine and Arab periods. The site was abandoned in the 12th century AD when a landslide covered the villa. Survivors moved to the current loca- tion of Piazza Armerina.

Surrounded by green hills, not far from the slopes of the volcano Etna, on a marvellous hill hanging between time and space, it rises the Agriturismo Gigliotto, a fief of 300 hectares of fertile lands cultivated following the peasant tradition.Placed in the centre of the land of the sun, on an ideal position for trips to Taormina, Agrigento, Siracusa, Noto and Ragusa Ibla, the Agriturismo boasts surroundings of touristic places largely famous, such as Piaz- za Armerina with its Villa Imperiale del Casale.

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