University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology


Author: Enrico Gallocchio

The Villa del Casale of Piazza Armerina

By: Patrizio Pensabene and Enrico Gallocchio

The Villa del Casale, near Piazza Armerina in south-central Sicily, is arguably one of the best-preserved and best-known Roman villas, iconic of the villa form as it developed during the late empire (4th and 5th centuries AD). The villa contains one of the most important collections of late Roman mosaic pavements in the Mediterranean, with […]


The Hungry Archaeologist – Piazza Armerina

By: Patrizio Pensabene and Enrico Gallocchio

In Piazza Armerina, one should not miss the many pastry shops, where Sicilian specialties such as cannoli and cassate are found. ‘The Pasticceria Zingale’ is famous for its frittelle, fried sweets, while during winter, the ‘Restivo Pasticceria’ is known for its buccellati, special cookies made with dried fruit and fig marmalade. For a complete meal, […]