Aquileia Roman Ruins

Aquileia, Italy

Today, Aquileia is a town smaller than the colony first founded by Rome. Over the centuries, sieges, earthquakes, floods, and pillaging of the ancient buildings for materials means that no edifices of the Roman period remain above ground. The site of Aquileia, believed to be the largest Roman city yet to be excavated, is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Excavations, however, have revealed some of the layout of the Roman town such as a segment of a street, the north-west angle of the town walls, the river port, and the former locations of baths, of an amphitheater, of a Circus, of a cemetery, of the Via Sacra, of the forum, and of a market. The National Archaeological Museum contains over 2,000 inscriptions, statues and other antiquities, mosaics, as well as glasses of local production and a numismatics collection.

The most striking remains of the Roman city are those of the port installations, a long row of warehouses and quays that stretch along the bank of the river. These were incorporated into the 4th century defences, substantial traces of which can be seen today.


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Founded: 181 BC
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Italy

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Uros Svetina (9 months ago)
Very impressive, we used a bicycle to explore the surroundings, it turned out to be great idea. ???
Tuti Prog (9 months ago)
Branko Babic (10 months ago)
If you are into bicking these archeological sites are nice to visit.
ermes tuon (ErmesT) (16 months ago)
Access to the burial ground is through a little visible road, but it is still indicated with a sign on the main road. Very well restored, it is an interesting part of visiting the city. Unfortunately, due to a stairway at the entrance (which I hope will soon be replaced by a ramp) the venue is currently not wheelchair accessible.
Destin Destin (2 years ago)
I drove by to Grado and back the day before yesterday, then I found information about Aquileia and read, the great city in the past, there is history all around, the Great Roman Road, part of it is here, everything is saturated with culture and history, and in the current wretched and vile world only remains, to admire the past, I will definitely return, a photo from Grado !!!
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