Aquileia

Aquileia

The archaeological site of Aquileia is considered one of the most important in northern Italy and was designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The city was founded in 181 B.C. by the Romans as a military colony, and was the subject over the centuries of subsequent constructions designed to convert the urban structure to the function of commercial center and home to fine craftsmanship.

The main monument and the center around which grows the current built-up area is the magnificent Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, within which you can admire early Christian mosaics of the fourth century of absolute iconographic interest and in an excellent state of preservation, while the imposing bell tower of the basilica is home to some spectacular ninth-century Byzantine frescoes.

Also worth visiting is the National Archaeological Museum of Aquileia, which displays ancient artifacts found during archaeological excavations such as glass, amber, engraved gems, mosaics and coins, as well as a rich gallery of epigraphic material and lapidary. In memory of the origins of the city, the characteristic event "Eating with the Romans" is held annually offering a tasting of dishes prepared according to traditional Roman recipes.

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