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“One of the best Roman sites we've been to”
Review of Volubilis

Volubilis
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Full-Day Volubilis and Meknes Private Tour from Fez
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Owner description: The Roman ruins contain a victory arch, impressive basilica and spectacular mosaics.
Rock Creek
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“One of the best Roman sites we've been to”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

In spite of a smoking hot day (38 C) we did the walking tour in about 90 minutes. The ruins are only partially restored, giving a feel of the antiquity. There are many floor mosaics throughout the site. We went to a Roman site in Italy noted for the mosaics, and although they were perhaps more delicate, thy were not as numerous nor as varied. The mosaics at Volubilis are worth the visit by themselves. Most of the layout of what had to be a remote outpost of the Roman Empire is visible. The main industry was olives and there are numerous presses. Columns in the main pets of the temple are still partially standing and most of the walls, although collapsed are still extensive enough that you can imagine the size and layout of various houses and buildings. The pools and baths, particularly the bath that was heated from below by fireplaces, are amazingly well preserved. You can find remnants of drains and the chimneys are clearly visible.

There are a few guides hanging around, but they are not very aggressive. It was easy to enjoy a pleasant few hours.

If you are here in September, as we were, I'd suggest an early start. It was very hot at midday.

Visited September 2013
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“to GO or NOT to go ?”
Reviewed September 22, 2013

A week ago i visited this place
I read a good amount of reviews here on TA before going
the reviews were positive but not all
after going i DO understand why people think it is not that impressive etc
for me i could easily have skipped this one...i mean if you really travel from marrakech to meknes just to see this ..i would skip it...but i was in fes and meknes was around the corner so hey why not...and i did enjoyed it...i think it is a nice contrast from the other stuff morocco has to offer
to see something else,not alot of information on the place itself on site... maybe get some information before hand i you are interested in the history ..or get a guide

so if you have time and are in the neighbourhood GO and visit..if you on a tight schedule i would skip it

Visited September 2013
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“Get a guide, use your imagination”
Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

We headed out early, hiring a grand taxi for 350Dh for the ride including a 2hr exploration of the site (I think you could get the price down cheaper with better haggling). We opted not to see Moullay Idriss. We thought our guide book would be enough to get us by so opted not to get a guide. In hindsight not the best idea as the ruins are quite badly deteriorated an explanation to aide our imagination would have been helpful. The mosaics were spectacular though. We did encounter an unofficial guide who showed us a few extra bits for 15 min at the end (in French mind you) for 30Dh. My advice, haggle for a grand taxi and get a guide and you'll enjoy the few hours required to see the site.

Visited September 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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“An excellent journey through time!”
Reviewed September 9, 2013

We knew we were interested in seeing the Roman site of Volubilis and thought we would follow the Fodor's book and do it on our own. However, when we were approached by a guide who told us that he could show us the major points more easily and wanted very little money to do so, we decided to accept his help. What a good decision we made as this resulted in being another highlight in our recent trip to Morocco. Our guide, Khalid, had an extremely broad range of knowledge about pre-Roman history and the history of the site. We spent two hours with him and could have stayed longer if we did not have to go on to Meknes. We think Khalid should be given an honorary degree from the Rabat University. Apparently, he gained his early knowledge while helping his father who was the chef for the French archeology team when the initial excavations were done, and he has continued to read and learn. Khalid made the site come alive for us and definitely enriched our experience of this fairly expansive area. There is a museum now on the site (government and unesco funds we think) and it is scheduled to open in several months. It looks quite promising and will house important artifacts that were found at the site and have been stored in the Rabat museum. The descriptions and explanations that we saw for the pieces that are already in place are in French and Arabic and well done. Give yourself more time than the recommended 45 minutes if you do want to learn about the history and see the museum. Ask for Khalid- he is terrific!

Visited September 2013
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Tucson
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“Wonderful history”
Reviewed August 31, 2013

We hired a guide for for a one hour tour. It was worth it. Roman ruins in fairly good shape. The floor mosaics are still vivid. Learning about the systems that kept the city running was amazing. The tour consisted of many structural remnants,

Visited April 2013
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