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“Amazing mosaics”

Basilica di Aquileia
Ranked #1 of 45 things to do in Aquileia
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 7, 2013

The basilica contains what may be the largest mosaic floor in the world, beautifully presented and preserved, as well as extensive excavations at the site of the old Baptistery and the Roman remains nearby. This is one of the most underrated tourist destinations in Italy.

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Reviewed September 4, 2013

The overwhelming past history is present with the ruins of this important roman hub city.Its layout, the former size and the potential for discovery are yet to be fully realized. The Basilica`s floor with one of the largest and valued mosaic works in Europe is compelling in its unique depiction of Christianity. Other important references are displayed inside a museum as we as the area around the fluvial roman port, the amphitheater and archeological digs extending outside the city perimeter. Unknown are the artifacts yet to be discovered because the present Aquileia is sitting atop the ancient metropolis.

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Reviewed April 7, 2013

What a wonderful gem and off the beaten path. Definitely the high light of our trip to Italy. While seeing the larger churches in Venice, this by far was the most fascinating part of the trip. Founded in 100 AD, and basilica built in 300's, and rebuilt in the 1100's this is definitely a highlight for a lover of mosaic tile work. While the seeing the church is free, it is worth the 2 Euro per person to see the lower crypt and original floor under the church. Original mosaic from the 300's is still visible in the section to the right of the church, while church relics are located in the tour on the back crypt. Small price for a chance to walk in history. Church also has some nice memorial statues located in the graveyard in the back of the church.

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Reviewed September 20, 2012

The Basilica complex is interesting in itself, showing the range of developments you might expect on a site which has been a church for such a very long time. But the highlight here is mosaic floor of the nave. Cleverly, a transparent walkway has been raised above the floor so that visitors can see the mosaics without damaging them. I was struck by the portraits of benefactors from the Romano-Christian period - clearly you could see them as individuals. The sea mosaic reminds us that Aquileia was an important port for many years.
Don't miss the crypts. It's not too expensive to enter both of them, but if you have to choose one, go for the bigger one (near the main entrance) which takes you round the foundations of the huge bell tower. Here you see more extraordinary mosaics, more secular as some relate to the remains of homes rather than church buildings. You get an extraordinary sense of an area which was built on again and again over a long period of time - layers upon layers. The other crypt has frescoes with some interesting references to the early days of the Christian church in the area but they are quite faded. Do please remember that the Basilica is to be treated as a holy place and quiet is expected - every time the murmur of voices got a bit loud there was an annoyed lady over a tannoy asking for silence, followed by a chorus of "shhhh"! Outside the basilica there is a little cafe which sold delicious slices of pizza and, even better, a sort of pasty made of pizza dough and filled with ham, tomato and smoked ricotta.

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Reviewed May 2, 2012

Aquilea is a city with a rich history. The vibrant mosaics are a great example of it. they are a must see. There is no entrance into the basilica, but the entrance into the crypts is payable, so decide if you wish to see them in advance.
I definitly recomend taking the million of steps up to the towere though, as you get amasing views from there and it's definitly worth it!

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