Archaeological Ensemble of Italica

Archaeological Ensemble of Italica, Santiponce

Archaeological Ensemble of Italica

Archaeological Ensemble of Italica
4.5
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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Anis wachters
1 contribution
Epic!!
Jul 2021 • Family
Amazing service, the guides are very funny, nice and interesting. The place is very fascinating. Ive been to the colosseum and this amphitheater still amazed me. Wonderfull!
Written July 6, 2021
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Lfed2014
Alhaurin el Grande, Spain147 contributions
Stunning Amphitheatre
Sep 2020
The highlight of this archeological site is the Amphitheatre. It is truly impressive and a must see for any Game of Thrones fan. The rest of the site is quite interesting if you like history and there are some amazing mosaics throughout the site. There area information boards posted to explain the different sites if you don't take a guided tour but a tour would give a lot more detail. We went on a Sunday and it was free entry if you were not on a tour, I am guessing due to COVID as there was just no one at the entry counter and EU citizens are free entry all the time. But you can tell the excavation has barely scratched the surface of the site. If there was more investment in excavating the site this could be an amazing tourist attraction and a showpiece of the roman history of the area.
Written September 25, 2020
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James S
Edinburgh, UK15 contributions
Closed Friday 13 March 2020!
Mar 2020 • Couples
Despite the website saying it was open, when we arrived this morning it was closed :-(

They said it had been announced on the tv and radio but what about tourists who rely on the website?

Someone in the Comms team needs to get their act together!
Written March 13, 2020
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Debby K
Jerusalem, Israel318 contributions
Excellent archaeological site
Feb 2020
Excellent archaeological site, especially if you like Roman history and engineering (or you are willing to become enthused about them). Definitely worth a day's (or half day's) outing from Seville. It does take several hours to see everything.
Written March 12, 2020
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Casualzen
Canada9 contributions
Great experience.
Mar 2020 • Solo
With just a little research, you can be your own tour guide and spend hours at this amazing site. It was about one euro to get in, and about 4 euros to take the city bus to the location. Fantastic value. And what a find! Well preserved tiles and ampitheatre. Recommended.
Written March 4, 2020
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hertford
manchester uk61 contributions
Charged to enter even with passport
Mar 2020
We visited Italica on 3rd of March. Entrance fee is €1.50 but free for EU citizens. The elderly chap in front of me presented his U.K. European passport but was not allowed to enter unless he and his wife paid the €1.50 each to enter. He protested but had to pay. I was asked what nationality I was and could have lied and said Irish and I’m sure I would have been let in free but I didn’t as I thought the fee was more than reasonable even if in principle it was wrong. It may have been an honest mistake or a U.K. citizen being ripped off. How you view it could depend on whether you voted for or against Brexit I suppose.
Written March 4, 2020
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Lola W
London, UK49 contributions
Italica
Feb 2020
Ancient Roman city with some well preserved mosaics. Very interesting and informative. Go early to beat the crows and the heat.
Written February 23, 2020
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rvbolorin
San Juan, Puerto Rico109 contributions
Short visit for GOT fans
Nov 2019
Scenes for Games of Thrones were film here. Interesting visit but not a must while in Seville. We were on a private tour of Seville and the guide provided interesting information.
Written February 22, 2020
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Marco_Polo499
Milan, Italy256 contributions
One the most magnificent amphitheatres of the Roman Empire
Feb 2020
This archaeological site is located about 9 kilometres north of Seville; it contains the remains of the city of Italica, founded in 206 BC by the Roman General “Scipio the African”, who defeated and expelled from Spain the Carthaginians. You can easily make the visit on your own by taking the city bus number 172A.

During the first millennium BC the south of Spain and some important islands of the Mediterranean sea were dominated by the Carthaginians, a people who lived in North Africa, with their capital city near Tunis. In 206 BC the Romans managed to expel them from Spain and then founded the city Italica. Italica quickly became a very important city in the empire, and two of the most famous Roman emperors were born in it: Trajan and Hadrian. The city lost its importance after the third century AD, and fell into disrepair. The ruins were then ransacked to provide building materials for houses in Seville and roads throughout the region. Looting continued until the 20th century, but today the site is well structured and is visited by many tourists.

The place is not very large, and you won't need to walk long. The most important remains are the amphitheatre, which housed 25,000 people, and was therefore one of the largest in the Roman Empire. It is still standing and is one of the most impressive I've seen so far; the terraces and some galleries are however in disrepair, and this adds a touch of spectacularity and drama to the sight: filmmakers have exploited the site for shooting movies. A hundred metres away there are the remains of the neighbourhood where the wealthy of the city lived; there is not much to see, except the layout of the foundations of the buildings, which have been highlighted by rebuilding about half a meter of wall above them. Some of the buildings were immense and measured up to 1500 square metres of surface; few pieces of mosaic floor are still visible in some of them. The urban layout of the city is admirable, with very large avenues that intersect strictly at right angles, but here again everything is rebuilt. In another part of the village of Santiponce, about a mile away, there is the Roman theatre, which I have not seen: it is however closed and it can only be seen from the outside.

To go to Italica take the 172A bus to Santiponce at the Plaza de Armas bus station (generally departing from platform 42); there is a bus at minute 00 and at minute 30 of every hour, and the bus takes you directly to the entrance of Italica (last stop); you pay the driver (1.60 €, February 2020); travel time is approximately 30 minutes. The site is open from 9:00; closes at variable times (15:00, 18:00, 20:00), depending on the season and the day of the week; it is closed on Mondays. Admission is free for all EU citizens and costs 1.50 € for others. There are restrooms just beyond the entrance.
Written February 22, 2020
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James G
Somerset, UK56 contributions
Well worth a visit!
Feb 2020
Only a twenty minute bus ride from Seville, Italica is a fascinating reminder of Rome's reach and influence. The amphitheatre alone, one of the largest in the Empire, the remains of streets and villas, and some wonderful mosaic flooring, make this archaeological site well worth a visit.

There were not many other visitors when we went and the entire site was unexpectedly peaceful - a far cry from the shouts and roars of the stadium crowd in its heyday.

And, of course, it's the location for a key chapter in the Game of Thrones saga. Look into the Dragon Pit, if you dare!

Entrance is free, and there are two small restaurants/tapas bars across the road.

Recommended.

Signage is Spanish/English.
Written February 16, 2020
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