Visit the birthplace of the Emperors Trajan and Hadrian on a day trip to the Roman city of Italica from Seville. Marvel at one of the largest amphitheaters in the world and see a medieval monastery before tasting wines in a local winery
What to Expect
Depart Seville and journey a few minutes north to the village of Santiponce, site of one of the most important and largest Roman ruins in Spain. Upon arrival at the well-preserved ruins of the Roman city of Italica discover wonderful examples of Roman architecture, mosaic work and city layouts.
Founded in the year 206 BC by General Publius Cornelius Scipio as a place of settlement for soldiers wounded in the battle of Illipa, the Roman settlement of Italica is the oldest in Spain and served as an important military outpost. Its name references the first settlers who came from Italy, and it was the birthplace of Marcus Ulpius Trajan (53 AD) and his successor, Aelius Hadrian (76 AD).
Marvel at the massive amphitheater, one of the largest in the Roman Empire with a seating capacity for up to 25,000 people. Wander through the tunnels where the gladiators would have walked and stand in the den that housed the lions. In the center of the arena is a great pit that would have been covered by a wooden structure and was used for gladiator and wild animal sports.
Get an informative commentary from your experienced guide and hear stories and facts about the fascinating ruins. Then, travel back towards Seville, stopping at the Bodega San Rafael La Pañoleta Winery en route. Drink a glass of typical wine from the region and experience its distinct flavor.
- Ticket to Italica
- Wine tasting
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