Casa Romana

Kos’ 3rd century Roman villa, Casa Romana, was originally restored by Italian archaeologists in 1933, but was closed for conservation in 2002 until 2010. The result has been worth the wait; the floor mosaics around the three interior courtyards, with images of a tiger, sea creatures and other assorted animals, are now more much vivid and attractive than they were.

Faint red crosses outside were the Italians’ marking of the building as a wartime hospital, to deter Allied bombers. And it’s quite possible you’ll have the place to yourself – the Casa Romana is one of Kos’ most unheralded attractions, not featured in most major guidebooks.

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