La villa, located in the province of Reggio Calabria, is a villa of Roman times whose remains are in contrada Palazzi in the municipality of Casignana.
The plant native to it dates back to the XNUMXst century AD and its most significant phase is represented by an important one renovation occurred in the fourth century.
It was later abandoned in the V, but traces of attendance are visible until the seventh century.
La villa it was only discovered in the 1963, following works for the construction of a aqueduct, at the state road Ionica.
Subsequently to the discovery of this important witness Roman, the villa has been systematically investigated by the Supervision for archaeological heritage area of Calabria around the eighties.
From 1998 the site is managed entirely by the municipality of Casignana that, with the acquisition of neighboring land and through the contribution of the mountain community ofAspromonte eastern, was able to significantly expand the area investigated.
La villa stood on the ancient road connecting Locri Epizefiri e Rhegion (Reggio Calabria).
Thanks to the finished work, the ambienti of a broad thermal complex private, from which it could be accessed through a arcade.
- ambienti they are richly decorated with mosaics, among which the figured one of the frigidarium ( "Nereid room“), Belonging to the third century, which depicts, through the use of large white and green tiles, a marine thiasos with four female figures riding a lion, a bull, a horse and a tiger ending with a fish tail.
La room and has octagonal plant and counts four apsed sides, it also features two vasche for cold water.
Il calidarium, with its heating system a hypocaust , is also a octagonal plant e mosaic flooring in small cards.
Il complex it also contains a rectangular hall, paved with slabs of colored marble and a un monumental nymphaeum with tanks located upstream.
On the opposite side of the street is the residential part with numerous articulated environments and a large one courtyard.
Also in this part of the villa you can admire mosaic floors, as in the hall of the four seasons and in that apse.
Address: Contrada Palazzi, 89030 Casignana RC
Phone: 0964 956003