These floors were only excavated a few years ago so they don't even appear in some guidebooks! But if you are a connoisseur of Roman art, these are quite wonderful.
You enter through a rather scruffy little church into a small paydesk area and gift shop, and descend the stairs down to the basement. The young lady at the paydesk had given me a set of notes in English about the mosaics but you could really do with a plan of the layout, some idea as to what the building might have looked like and whether it was a large villa or a palace! The "rooms" could also have done with a notice to tell you which room you were looking at. But the pattern design and execution of the mosaic floors is very sophisticated and even though some parts have been damaged over the years, you get a good impression of what the floors must have looked like and you wonder what the rooms would have looked like. The "dance of the seasons" in the centre of the largest floor is lovely. The exhibit is well lit and the walkways allow you to look out over the mosaics; when I was there, there was one other person studying the floors but as it is quite a large layout, I would think that it would not seem crowded even if a party of tourists turned up! I wonder how many more floors of buildings long burried are waiting to be discovered?
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