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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ermes tuon (ErmesT) (5 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 (9 months 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 !!!
Stefano b. (13 months ago)
Important village for Roman archaeological remains and finds. At the time of the Roman Empire this town was an important river trading center. It should also be noted that the evangelist St. Mark chose Aquileia as the center for spreading Christianity in Europe. The Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, a Romanesque-Gothic church, is a masterpiece with its large mosaic floor. Absolutely to visit the entire archaeological area and the museum.
Flying Hanuman (17 months ago)
A really peaceful Roman cemetery, in the dead centre of Roman Aquileia. It's worth the few minutes walk from the main Street.
Rwa Art (2 years ago)
Only when you see an old Roman port, which has been dry for like a thousand years or so, you can say "you get it how time passes quickly"...
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