Archaeological Ensemble of Italica

Journey to the roots of the Roman Empire at the Archaeological Ensemble of Italica, where ancient streets echo tales of emperors, gladiators, and the mighty civilization that once thrived here. Read more

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Located near modern-day Seville in Spain, Italica was founded in 206 BC by the Roman general Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus as a settlement for his wounded soldiers after a military victory. As the birthplace of emperors Trajan and Hadrian, Italica flourished and expanded, becoming a vital city in the Roman Andalusia. Today, the vast archaeological site unveils a grand amphitheater, intricate mosaics, sprawling houses, and public baths, painting a vivid picture of daily life in a Roman city.
The Archaeological Ensemble of Italica offers an immersive journey into the world of ancient Rome, where history unfolds with every step, and the past comes alive amidst the ruins and relics.

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The Amphitheatre

One of the largest in the Roman Empire, this amphitheatre once resonated with the roars of up to 25,000 spectators watching gladiatorial combats and other public spectacles.

Trajan's Birthplace

Though only the foundation remains, this site marks the birthplace of one of Rome's greatest emperors, offering a glimpse into his early life.

House of the Planetarium

A lavish Roman residence boasting a stunning mosaic floor depicting the planets, illustrating the Roman fascination with cosmology.

House of the Birds

Named for its intricate bird mosaics, this house showcases the opulence and artistic prowess of Roman craftsmen.

Thermal Baths

Explore the remains of public baths, complete with heating systems, illustrating the Roman emphasis on hygiene and communal relaxation.


Though smaller than the amphitheatre, this theatre, with its semi-circular seating arrangement, once echoed with dramatic performances and orations.

Temple of Trajan

Dedicated to Emperor Trajan, this temple, now in ruins, stands as a testament to the city's imperial connections.


A burial site providing insights into Roman funeral rites and traditions.


Marvel at the remnants of the aqueduct system that once supplied fresh water to the bustling city.

Mosaic Floors

Scattered throughout the site, these intricate and colorful mosaic floors depict various myths, legends, and daily life scenarios, showcasing the artistic mastery of Roman artisans.

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Merida (0.56 km)

Journey back in time in Merida, Spain's ancient Roman treasure trove. As the capital of the Roman province of Lusitania, Merida boasts some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in the Iberian Peninsula.

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Nestled near the Portuguese border, Badajoz, the capital of the province of Badajoz in the autonomous community of Extremadura, Spain, is a blend of rich history, cultural vibrancy, and natural beauty.

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Monsaraz (105.36 km)

Atop a hill overlooking the serene Alqueva Dam, Monsaraz is a fairy-tale medieval village in Alentejo region. With its whitewashed houses, ancient castle, and panoramic views, Monsaraz offers a journey back in time amidst breathtaking landscape.

Castelo de Vide (110.14 km)

Castelo de Vide, a picturesque gem nestled within Portugal's Alentejo region. Rich in history and boasting panoramic views from its hilltop castle, this town beckons travelers with its winding streets, medieval architecture, and vibrant Jewish heritage.

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