Aquiléia Travel Guide

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Aquiléia Things to Do

  • Mosaics in Basilica

    Patriarchal Basilica is a magnificent building with a floor mosaic, and played a key role in the religious conversion of large parts of central Europe in the early Middle Ages. This basilica with a flat roof raised the patriarch Popp 1031st on the site of an older church, and enlarged her 1379th The patriarch Marquad in the Gothic style. The...

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  • The wolf of Capitolio

    The legend of the creation of Rome by Romulus and Remus fed by a she-wolf is illustrated by the church, atop a column. The statue is a copy of the "official" image, and if I read well, it was erected in 1919

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  • Mausoleum Candia

    Isolated from the other remains this monument is a recent reconstruction (Dec 2010) of a mausoleum from the 1st Century. One question: Being a reconstruction, why didn't they "reconstruct" the statue's head? No one knew the man's face? Maybe...

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  • Forum

    Excavations are still going on in the area occupied by the forum and some residences. The unhearted elements are not enough to provide a clear idea of the original place. At least for me!

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  • Roman tiles

    Located inside "Santa Maria Assunta" cathedral, we may see a very large and well preserved mosaic from the 4th century. Covering all the floor, we may go around it and see in detail in a wooden structure conceived to show as much as possible without stepping in it. The wooden ceiling dates from the 16th century, and the wall are covered with...

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  • Old houses and oratory

    A small area by the road seems to have been a residential quarter. It needs much more reconstruction to give a clear idea of the ensemble.

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  • "Santa Maria Assunta" church

    This church, dating from the 11th century (with a reconstruction in the 13th), is located in place of an older one from the beginning of Christianism. Though following a Romanesque-Gothic style, all the floor shows a very well preserved mosaic from the 14th century, that, with its 760 m2 is the largest Paleo-christian mosaic in Europe.

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  • View Old Port of Aquileia

    The government has excavated the old port, and by walking along the port you will see how the warehouses were placed, and the portico along the walk way. There are preserved some nice etched stones of various design. Entrance is free and there are many signs placed along the way to describe the history of the port.

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  • Roman Ruins What To See

    Along the main road the runs through Aquileia you will find the ruins of the homes and merchant shops. The Italian government has excavated down the the foundations so that you can see the layout of the town. There is a free gate for entrance, so that you can walk along the old streets.

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  • WWI Cemetery at Basilica

    Located behind the basilica is a memorial cemetery placed to honor the soldiers who were killed in the First World War. There are some large tombstones and many metal ones aligned in the grass. On many of the tombstones it is noted how the soldier died, most of the due to artillery shells. You can see brothers buried alongside each other, and a few...

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  • Basilica

    If you love mosaics you will marvel at the massive floor in this basilica that the Romans laid. There has been placed a glass walkway and you WILL be amazed at how much and how well it was done.You can also buy a ticket for three euros and visit the tombs at the side and rear.In my mind this compares equally with the mosaics in Ravenna, I have seen...

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  • Flea Market

    On Sundays during the Summer months one can find a small flea market near the basilica. Most of the merchants present nice and interesting items, this flea market not being one in which there is to be found a lot of junk and old clothing. Prices seem to be a bit lower than the flea market found at Piazzola sul Brenta near Padova, which is the...

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  • The walk

    For about a kilometre this well signposted avenue takes you into the old Roman port and explains where things were and how it all worked.Dotted along the walkway are bits and pieces uncovered over time though some of the best stuff is in the National Archeological Museum, rich in finds from the excavations.The walk gives you and idea of what life...

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  • The "other" Aquileia

    Other parts of the town.Pics:- Main: Via Roma- Second: City Hall (Piazza G. Garibaldi)- Third and fourth: Piazza G. Garibaldi- Fifth: Fiume (River) Nalissa

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  • Porto fluviale

    The ancient river port. Aquileia was founded a few kilometers away from the sea, but connected to it by waterways both natural and artificial.

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  • Foro Romano

    The remarkable connolade of the Roman Forum reflects the ancient structure follwing the reconstruction of 1.936.- 115 m. long- 57 m. wide

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  • Museo Archeologico Nazionale

    It is considered one of the most important archeological museums in northern Italy showing items from the 2nd century B.C. to the 5th century A.D.

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  • Basilica di S. Maria Assunta (1/3)

    The Basilica of S. Maria Assunta was built on a 4th century building which was enlarged several times over the centuries and was partly destroyed during the Barbarian invasions.In the church the famous for the Early Christian Mosaics (313 A.D), one of the best in the world.The Campanile (Bell Tower (is 73 m. high (second pic).

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  • campanile ( bell tower ) of basilica

    The basilica and its campanile are the centerpieces of the now small city of Aquileia. Construction of the basilica commenced about 1650 years ago while Constantine ruled over the Roman empire, and the Christians were allowed to arise from the underground and to openly practice their religion. The campanile was completed about 1100 years later. (...

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  • Il Porto Fluviale

    To the west of the forum is the Il Porto Fluviale. There is free, but unmonitored, parking a short ways up the street from the port. This is the northernmost Roman port on the Mediterranean, and where goods from all over the Empire were shipped into the home provinces, and the might of Rome held sway over the ever-expanding empire.Following the...

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  • Paleo-Christian Museum

    Housed in the remains of a former church & monastery, it contains some of the best early Christian remains in Italy. Photos are NOT permitted inside the building, however.Contains remains of the tombstones of the early great and powerful of Christian Aquileia, and those of far more humble origins. My personal favorite is the plain headstone...

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Aquiléia Hotels

Aquiléia Restaurants

  • Hotel Patriarchi

    This is a hotel too (see tip) and, as I couldn't find a restaurant for dinner, I went there; I don't regret (not too many options actually).

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  • Best restaurant in Aquileia

    Great clean and comfortable ambience. Nicely furnished and well maintained, but casual. Excellent Italiano style and Chicago style pizza, calzones, pasta, seafood, and other traditional Italiano dishes. Good chilled house wine, and very reasonable prices. Open late but not open early. Italianos unlike neighboring Slovenes, dine late. Accept it. I...

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  • Try the Grilled Squids

    I arrived early at the restaurant, and I had to wait a little inside the bar. Soon I noted the wine was cheaper than beer.The white wine (Sauvignon), produced localy, is delicious. The owner of the restaurant, an old interesting man, sold me a bottle of this wine, produced exclusively for this restaurant, for a good price. I liked very much...

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Aquiléia Transportation

  • Venezia-Marco Polo Airport

    Aquileia is some 120 kms. east of Venezia/Venice, so, flying to this city could be convenient.Pics:- Second and third: What I saw from the plane after take off (leaving Venice).

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  • By Car: How Far/How Long...?

    * By Car:- Motorway A4 Venezia-Trieste- Motporway A23 Tarvisio-UdineExit casello di Palmanova, 17 km. from Aquileia.Some road distances to Aquileia from:- Rome (Italy): 645 kms.- Sofia (Bulgaria): 1.047 kms.- Madrid (Spain): 1.938 kms.- Tallinn (Estonia): 2.219 kms.Checking the website, you’ll find more road distances together with the driving...

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  • How to get there

    * By Train:- Railway station of Cervignano del Friuli, line Venezia - Trieste, at 8 kms. from Aquileia; there are buses to Aquileia.* By Plane:- Trieste Airport, with buses to Aquileia.- Venezia (Venice)-Marco Polo Airport, at 120 kms. with buses to Venezia (Venice) and train to Cervignano del Friuli.* By Car: See next tip.

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Aquiléia Local Customs

  • Roman Burial Ground

    Another tombstone which is unique among the others in this graveyard. According to its proportions, it belonged to an important member of the local society.

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  • Roman Burial Ground

    Tobmstone with the bass relief of beautifuly made vase, there must be some meaning of it but unfortunately I couldn't find out nothing about.

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  • Roman Burial Ground

    Another detail of the graveyard, the statue made of stone which was decapitated, probably by those coloquialy called barbarians or uncivilized.

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Aquiléia Off The Beaten Path

  • Just the thing for your garden

    Ever wondered where all those classical statues come from? Well, I'm here to put you out of your misery. The classical statue shop of course.The evidence is incontrovertable - they come from the S14, the old main road between Trieste and Venice.

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  • The Chapel

    While strolling around, traying to find the Roman sepulcture, I've took the picture of this beautiful small chapel which is situated in Via Roma, right next to the Archaeological Museum. Later on, I find out it is the chapel dedicated to San Antonio, and was built in between 17th and 18th century in a Baroque style..

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  • The other side

    On the other side of the superstrada, about 30kms west of the Aquileia turnoff, there were more "takeaway" statues.All this neoclassical art in one spot, it was too much for me. I wonder if that's how they sold them in Roman times?

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Aquiléia Favorites

  • tourist Office

    The tourist office has been place in the parking lot further down from the basilica entrance. You will see the colorful windowed office..... Closed on Sundaysphone 039 0431 919719Bike rental available

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  • The Weather in Aquileia

    Check the Weather before the visit.How to transform from Fahrenheit to Celsius? Deduct 32, divide by 9 and multiply by 5.Example: 85 Fahrenheit, minus 32 = 53, divided by 9 = 5,89, by 5 = 29,4 Celsius.

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  • General Info

    * Tourism Office:Infopoint - Ufficio IATVia Giulio Augusta(Piazzale Autocorriere)33051 Aquileia- Tel.: (+39) (0)431 91 94 91- Fax: (+39) (0)431 91 94 91- E. mail: info.aquileia@turismo.fvg.itSome websites:- www.comune.aquileia.ud.it- www.turismofvg.it/it-IT/aquileia.html- www.turismofvg.it (region)

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