Ancient Salona
Ancient Salona
4
About
Ancient ruins of the city of Salona.
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
What is Travelers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.
Plan your visit
See what travelers are saying
  • Katja Hampunen
    Espoo, Finland5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Supee cool ruins
    If you are a fan of historical ruins you need to see these. There are many, spread in a wide area so be sure to see them all. Note that the area gates are locked 7 or 8 pm. There is a path out is you get locked in. Turn back at the gate and go right, then shortly you see a fairly wide foot path on the right. This takes you back to where you came from.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 21, 2023
  • Bjoern A
    Naestved, Denmark772 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit when in Spli
    A gem in Solin, a must visit when in the area. Entry cost is 8 euro which is absolutely ok. Does not look like a big site from the outside but its massive so bring water as it will take you an hour + to walk around. Very interesting to visit and learn some historical facts
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 2, 2023
  • CatharineB
    Ottawa, Canada1,613 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Famous for its Roman Ruins
    The ruins of the ancient city of Salona, situated at the foot of the mountains just northeast of Split, are the most archaeologically important in Croatia. We started our tour by paying our admission fee at Tusculum, near the northern entrance to the site. The ruins stretch across a sloping hillside and is thought to have been the 4th largest city in the Roman Empire in its heyday. There was certainly a great deal to see, with ruins poking out all around us. I am certainly glad that we had a guided tour as otherwise it may have been difficult to determine what we were looking at, even with several guidebooks to help us. I agree with the reviewers who mentioned that signage is poor and although some remains are easily identifiable, others were not. Our guide explained that it was difficult to maintain the information plaques as they were constantly vandalized – many that we saw were sprayed with graffiti. He also clarified that only ten to fifteen percent of this huge site has been excavated to date. Excavations have uncovered only a part of the outer walls which were frequently reinforced over the centuries. Salona was first mentioned as an Illyrian town in 119 BC and it's thought that it already had walls by then. The Romans seized the site in 78 BC and under the rule of Augustus it became the administrative headquarters of the empire's Dalmatian province. It soon became the richest and most populated city in the mid-Adriatic. When Emperor Diocletian built his palace in Split at the end of the 3rd c AD, it was the proximity to Salona that attracted him. Unfortunately, in the 7th c, when the city was levelled by the invading Avars and then the Slavs. The inhabitants fled to take refuge within Diocletian's old palace walls and the neighbouring islands, leaving Salona to decay. The buildings and churches were stripped and the stone was used for new buildings. This is a huge site and we did not encounter any large groups. There is limited shade so wear a hat and bring water. A good place to start your tour is the Necropolis of Manastrine, located just outside the walls and near the parking lot. Although I am glad that we visited this site, I left a bit disappointed. This site has huge potential but needs significant TLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 21, 2023
  • AlbertSalichs
    Manresa, Spain21,167 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting Roman ruins near Split
    Ancient Solana are the Roman ruins of a town, which are located in the surroundings of Solin, a little town near Split, the main city in Dalmatia Region, in Croatia. It is a very interesting place, if you like enjoying with ruins, here you can see a full town with some buildings like a Basilica, an amphitheater, a theater, streets, a residencial zone, a little cemetery or some gates (obviously, all in ruins). A very good place to walk 2-3 hours seeing the ruins and the land.
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 20, 2023
  • nilintentum_reliquit
    Melbourne, Australia2,605 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Roman ruins but no mosaics
    I thought these were interesting ruins to see as they were much more than low bearing foundations. There is a small amphitheatre but sadly no mosaics. All were within a pleasant walking distance. A short 20 minute drive from downtown and can be combined with nearby Klis fortress. Ancient day tours include these ruins and delightful Trogir. Thanks for the vote if you found this review helpful.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 17, 2024
  • Steven Lenhard
    Marietta, Georgia19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic ruins
    We took a short Uber ride to the ruins. There were not very many people there at all. We were able to stroll amongst the ruins and imagine the bustling city that once was. We stayed in the main area and saw excellent ruins. But you could probably spend well over two hours exploring the entire Campus. The ancient Roman roads were still intact Which allows us to hike around the area. It cost eight euros to enter. It’s well worth it. There is a vending machine to get snacks or drinks as well.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 18, 2024
  • elderly traveler
    Weymouth, Massachusetts257 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pleasantly surprised
    After reading some of these reviews, I was braced for a bad experience. Key sites, particularly near the entrance, are impressive, easy to find, and explained with good signs in English and Croatian. If you veer off the main trail to the amphitheater, however, the quality of the site deteriorates badly. We got badly lost trying to find the Forum and temple. We had no trouble taking a public bus to the site (ligna 1) from Split and a different one for the return (37j. Total cost for two was under six Euros versus 68 Euros for a taxi.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 30, 2024
These reviews are the subjective opinion of Tripadvisor members and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as wait time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles176 reviews
Excellent
65
Very good
79
Average
19
Poor
12
Terrible
1

CatharineB
Ottawa, Canada1,613 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
The ruins of the ancient city of Salona, situated at the foot of the mountains just northeast of Split, are the most archaeologically important in Croatia. We started our tour by paying our admission fee at Tusculum, near the northern entrance to the site.

The ruins stretch across a sloping hillside and is thought to have been the 4th largest city in the Roman Empire in its heyday. There was certainly a great deal to see, with ruins poking out all around us. I am certainly glad that we had a guided tour as otherwise it may have been difficult to determine what we were looking at, even with several guidebooks to help us.

I agree with the reviewers who mentioned that signage is poor and although some remains are easily identifiable, others were not. Our guide explained that it was difficult to maintain the information plaques as they were constantly vandalized – many that we saw were sprayed with graffiti. He also clarified that only ten to fifteen percent of this huge site has been excavated to date. Excavations have uncovered only a part of the outer walls which were frequently reinforced over the centuries.

Salona was first mentioned as an Illyrian town in 119 BC and it's thought that it already had walls by then. The Romans seized the site in 78 BC and under the rule of Augustus it became the administrative headquarters of the empire's Dalmatian province. It soon became the richest and most populated city in the mid-Adriatic. When Emperor Diocletian built his palace in Split at the end of the 3rd c AD, it was the proximity to Salona that attracted him.

Unfortunately, in the 7th c, when the city was levelled by the invading Avars and then the Slavs. The inhabitants fled to take refuge within Diocletian's old palace walls and the neighbouring islands, leaving Salona to decay. The buildings and churches were stripped and the stone was used for new buildings.

This is a huge site and we did not encounter any large groups. There is limited shade so wear a hat and bring water. A good place to start your tour is the Necropolis of Manastrine, located just outside the walls and near the parking lot.

Although I am glad that we visited this site, I left a bit disappointed. This site has huge potential but needs significant TLC.
Written August 21, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Nik & Pip Glover
Brisbane, Australia9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Beautiful afternoon in the summer heat. The site was so quiet and peaceful. A map and a book is a must which can be bought from the building in the site (next to the drinking water fountain). We parked by the main entrance which meant it was a bit of a walk to the amphitheatre which was well worth a visit. Our kids loved it as did we. Thanks for the free water it was very much needed on such a hot summers day.
Written July 29, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Waterloonie
Waterloo, Canada1,607 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Salona was the capital of Roman Dalmatia, and was a very important city. These ruins show a great deal of what was here almost 2000 years ago.

Very peaceful place to stroll, and morning is a much cooler time to do so. You can read the interpretive signs but a knowledgeable guide is the way to go.
Written July 9, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Abovetheclouds
2,062 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Solo
If your into culture and history and not just beaches and partying, then go. I loved it. Very peaceful as most people don't bother. Take a guide with. You will miss the important parts otherwise. It is very hot even in the morning so go early. We took just under two hours. It depends on you, but I would suggest one and a half to two hours. There is also a small museum and souvenir shop as well as a toilet on the premises. Be careful in areas with long grass as there are small harmless snakes. Stick to the paving! Take water, wear a hat and use sunblock.
Written June 4, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Peanjo
Copenhagen, Denmark13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Interesting ruins, with nice city walls, a city centre and a large amphitheater. Downside is that the site is not very well kept, and that local farmers have appropriated lands close to the ruins for olive growing, and marked this with barbed wire. Recommend going there when it is not too hot, and to get the nice guidebook which includes computer-generated reconstructions of several locations.
Written July 23, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Katja Hampunen
Espoo, Finland5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
If you are a fan of historical ruins you need to see these. There are many, spread in a wide area so be sure to see them all. Note that the area gates are locked 7 or 8 pm. There is a path out is you get locked in. Turn back at the gate and go right, then shortly you see a fairly wide foot path on the right. This takes you back to where you came from.
Written July 21, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain21,167 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
Ancient Solana are the Roman ruins of a town, which are located in the surroundings of Solin, a little town near Split, the main city in Dalmatia Region, in Croatia. It is a very interesting place, if you like enjoying with ruins, here you can see a full town with some buildings like a Basilica, an amphitheater, a theater, streets, a residencial zone, a little cemetery or some gates (obviously, all in ruins). A very good place to walk 2-3 hours seeing the ruins and the land.
Written September 20, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

elderly traveler
Weymouth, MA257 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
After reading some of these reviews, I was braced for a bad experience. Key sites, particularly near the entrance, are impressive, easy to find, and explained with good signs in English and Croatian. If you veer off the main trail to the amphitheater, however, the quality of the site deteriorates badly. We got badly lost trying to find the Forum and temple.

We had no trouble taking a public bus to the site (ligna 1) from Split and a different one for the return (37j. Total cost for two was under six Euros versus 68 Euros for a taxi.
Written April 30, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

James F
United Kingdom4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Great site with lots of interesting sights including an amphitheatre. You can even get a bus direct to and from for for about £1.50 each way. Small cafe on site. On the way you can see the aqueduct that still feed the well in split
Written September 13, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

JAGR32
Riverside, CT87 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We stopped on a day trip from Split. They give you no map and no information on the site. Everything is poorly labeled and there’s lots of climbing on very uneven ground with no guardrails. Didn’t even bother climbing down to most of the ruins because I was afraid of falling. Don’t bother.
Written June 14, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 125
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

Ancient Salona, Solin

All things to do in Solin
RestaurantsFlightsVacation RentalsTravel StoriesCruisesRental Cars