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Villa Romana del Tellaro

In the 1970s, in the countryside outside Noto it was discovered that an old farmhouse was sitting on the site of what was once a Roman Villa. The following years of careful archaeological excavation led to the uncovering of stunning and extremely refined Roman mosaics which date from the 4th Century A.D.

The precious floors suffered damage over the centuries leaving only four rooms of the Roman Villa with mosaics still remaining. These have been brought back to life after 30 years of painstaking restoration and opened for public viewing in 2008.

The mosaics depict frenzied hunting scenes of hunters with wild animals from Africa, geometric patterns and bacchic scenes. Though much smaller in scale, their artistic quality rivals the better known mosaics of the Roman Villa of Piazza Armerina and greatly adds to the cultural wealth of the area.