Wednesday, July 25, 2012

I might have headlined with the bikini girls mosaic from the...

I might have head­lined with the biki­ni girls mosa­ic from the same villa, but no one asked me.

The world-famous impe­r­i­al Roman Villa del Casale at the Piaz­za Arme­ri­na arche­o­log­i­cal area in Sici­ly has been returned to its full splen­dour fol­low­ing a six-year restora­tion cost­ing 18 mil­lion euros. 

The villa's mosaics, dat­ing to the 4th cen­tu­ry AD, are con­sid­ered "the finest in situ in the Roman world" accord­ing to the UN cul­tur­al her­itage organ­i­sa­tion UNESCO, which put the site on its World Her­itage List in 1997.Over 4,100 square metres of mosa­ic have been cleaned in the restora­tion and now show their orig­i­nal colours. The old plex­i­glass roof has also been replaced with a new wood­en struc­ture that allows air to reach the remains.