With our fellow bikers we left Palermo by bus and traveled through the central part of the island towards Ragusa in the south where we would start our biking the next day.
The villa was probably the center of a huge agricultural estate and a
village grew around it. The site was abandoned in the 12th century
when a landslide covered the villa, and it remained buried and the area
was cultivated for crops. Early in the 19th century some pieces of
mosaic and columns were found and official archaeological excavations were carried out later in that century.
a blanket of white snow. What a treat!!