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... one of the most amazing places here. In text format, a 4th centaury Roman villa sounds about as exciting as a rectal exam. Saying it has spectacular mosaics from the era is on about the same level. To then arrive with bus loads of American tourists did nothing to help its situation. Luckily, this place was actually amazing. With rooms upon rooms of remarkably detailed mosaics depicting hunts, wars, bikini clad Olympians and some other raunchy affairs ...
... of the games, wooden beams would have been placed across these and the gladiators would stand on them. They would attempt to push each other off. The unlucky one would fall into the pit which would be filled with water and crocodiles or a wild animal. These sort of games no doubt came from Rome where this sort of fighting was seen as the best form of ...
... it to their liking with concrete, roman brick, and the ornate Corinthian columns. I feel it showed how Romans believed their ideas were the best so they completely redid the decorations set forth by the Greeks. The Romans were known for loving their events in theaters and arenas. Once in Sicily, this tradition did not end. I'm sure they redid this theater to give Romans there the same taste of what they had in ...
... to them. It created a beautiful intertwining of all the wood. As the ceiling domed down, it was surrounded by mosaics depicting the stories of the Old Testament beginning with God creating the world and continuing on in the story. On the outside edge of the rectangle (naves), are mosaics depicting the miracles of Jesus. Lots of gold was used in the mosaics. The columns of the church are all different ...
... towards Palermo. The countryside was really very nice, a bit brown already and I guess going to get even drier but nonetheless very pretty. We had a picnic in the woods and slowly wondered through the hills past the (in)famous village of Corleone (Godfather claim) and before reaching Palermo called in at Montreale, which is really now a suburb of Palermo. It's famous for ...