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“Thousands of years of history in Rome”

Foro Romano di Aquileia
Ranked #5 of 44 things to do in Aquileia
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed October 23, 2013

What an outstanding site to behold. Thousands of years of history are sitting in peices and you can marvel at how Rome was in those days. We had a private guide that was an Archeological Historian in Rome and this was one of the best sites we visited along with the Coluseum adjacent to the Forum.

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Reviewed August 26, 2013

When put into time perspective, our lifetime is just an instant in humankind history.
This is a challenging task to make young kids understand and to stop texting until this thought sinks in them

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Reviewed February 25, 2013

From old rome to early chrisitian times in few steps.Place where you can feel two historical times touching each other.

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Reviewed June 27, 2010

Aquiliea was one of the larger cities in the empire and, as the guidebooks explain, one of the few that simply faded away (as opposed to being sacked, destroyed by a volcano, or living on into the present). Once the main port for the region, a shift in the river doomed it. it's probably not worth more than a half a day and is within easy driving distance from Trieste. The visitor's center will equip you with the standard audio recorders that guide you through the ruins, which are spread out over a rather large area (and sometimes right next to the modern city). The main draw here, however, is Paleo-Christian, rather than Roman: the Basilica, with its spectacular floor mosaics. It comes at the end of the official walking tour, but tourists in a hurry might want to visit it first: the floors are some of the oldest Christian mosaics in the region and are a treasure trove of animals, Bible stories, and early Christian iconography.

(Those with more profane tastes would be advised to avoid the gelato stand at the basilca and wait for the much better stands on the street that leads to the archaeological museum).

Another tip: while the parking lot next to the visitors' center is reasonable enough, we had a quick (and tasty) lunch at the Pizzeria Ai Basillica, whose owner let us leave the car in his lot while we toured the ruins.

6  Thank Newtonian2
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Reviewed March 20, 2010

When you travel to Aquileia you have to have a good imagination and some roman history under your belt. As a local teacher who teaches ancient history I've taken my classes there for several years. I love this little town as an example of a roman city, but you need a map in hand and the ability to block out what is new. There are fantastic mosaics everywhere and some great examples of fortifications dating back to the dark ages and middle ages. Don't miss the museum and the basilica those are the two biggest draws, but if you are really into roman history you can easily spend a day or day and a half in Aquileia.

4  Thank ThinkItaly
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