Excursion Roman Ruins of Italica in Santiponce 2022
Discover Italica, an ancient Roman city founded in 206 BC
Discover the ancient Roman city of CIUDAD Itálica Seville, which honors the Roman culture. Experience the city's beautiful history and rich heritage, as well as everything else this vibrant Andalusian city has to offer.
Visit to the City of Italica
Looking for a great way to spend a half-day excursion from Seville exploring a Roman city of the past? Do you like history and discovering Seville Roman Ruins?
Itálica is one of the most important archaeological sites in Seville , since it is one of the few Roman cities that preserves the structure of its streets, public and private buildings and hot springs. It is also a natural area of great interest.
The great monumental value of Itálica allows us to visit it and explore its streets, squares and monuments, something that we can only do in Seville. Its artistic value is also remarkable, since it had a golden age in which it was the most important city in Andalusia.
From the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle , we will make the excursion from Seville in the direction of Italica from the early hours of the morning (the departure time is usually between 9:25 a.m. / 9:45 a.m.).
What To Expect
Highlights of the visit to the city of Italica
- Italica is an impressive Roman site.
- Discover a magnificent ancient Roman city, The Seville roman ruins
- Contemplate the spectacular amphitheater.
- Walk the ancient Roman streets.
- Be part of the largest ancient city in Europe, visit the world famous amphitheater.
- Learn about the history, monuments and other places of interest of the ancient city of Itálica, right here in Seville.
- Take a tour of the famous television series Game of Thrones and see the settings where the famous series Game of Thrones is filmed.
- Experience the historical and ancient Roman sights of Italica.
- Professional guide of the enclosure.
- Private round trip transportation from Seville.
- Excursion from Seville to the Ruins of Itálica.
- Visit to the Monastery of San Isidoro del Campo.
- Drinks and food.
- Visit the town of Santiponce.
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Seville roman ruins: Excursion to Santiponce from Seville
The distance between Seville and the town of Santiponce is covered in 18 minutes. Santiponce, a nearby town in the metropolitan area where more than 2000 years ago the Romans established their first settlement in Iberia (present-day Spain).
From the entrances to the Roman city, our official guide will make a presentation to contextualize the history of the place and then we will enter the site that was the seat of emperors such as Trajan and Hadrian.
Like all cities that have stood for centuries, Italica has secrets and special places that most people do not know exist. Among its most famous historical places is the amphitheater, built by Emperor Hadrian between 117 and 138 years. Características arquitectónicas: el anfiteatro tenía tres niveles y capacidad de asientos para 25 000 espectadores con una superficie total de 160 x 137 metros. Beneath the ancient wooden floor of the amphitheater there was a service pit where various gladiator shows, called munus gladiatorum , and fights against wild animals, called venationes , were held.The Roman city of Italica was founded by the Roman general Publius Cornelius Scipio in 206 BC. The city was abandoned by the Goths in the 5th century and became the Visigothic and Islamic city of Taliqa, then called "Sevilla la Vieja".
The caves, the caveas, were separated into three parts, the caveas ima, media and summa, separated by annular passages called praecinctiones. The 1st, the ima caveas, had six floors and eight entrance doors, and was reserved for the ruling class. The 2nd, the media cavea, was for the lower classes, and had 12 floors and 14 entrance doors. The Summa cavea, covered by a canopy, was reserved only for children and women.
The amphitheater of the archaeological complex of Italica also had several rooms dedicated to the cult of Nemesis and Dea Caelestis, and there are other very interesting attractions, such as the Traianeum , the temple of Trajan, built by the Italian-born emperor Trajan and erected by his nephew, the emperor Hadrian. It is located in the Nova Urbs square, surrounded by an arched square. It has an area of approximately one hectare.
Do not miss this opportunity! Book your excursion in the Roman city of Italica now and spend an exciting day exploring the ruins of Italica where Games of Thrones was filmed .
Among the private or semi-public houses were the following buildings:
- Exedra House.
- House of Neptune.
- Hylas's house.
- Planetarium House.
- Bird house.
The Roman mosaics of these houses have been preserved and can be seen when visiting the archaeological site of Italic.
The streets were wide, covered with colonnaded alleys and maintained the usual rectangular lines, crossing at right angles and allowing passage between the houses. They also had sewerage and drinking water distribution, and there was a public fountain at almost every crossroads.
VISIT TO THE MONASTERY OF SAN ISIDORO DEL CAMPO
After visiting the archaeological site of Itálica , we moved very close to this beautiful place, because in addition to the Roman city, the Andalusian municipality of Santiponce houses another must-see monument: the monastery of San Isidoro del Campo.
This medieval building was declared a Historic-Artistic Site of National Interest long ago. It was founded in 1301 by Don Alonso Pérez de Guzmán and his wife, María Alonso de Coronel, as a funerary monument to deposit their ashes and as a testimony of their piety. According to the Mozarabic tradition, the monastery was the burial place of San Isidro before being occupied by the Hieronymite monks.
The monastery of San Isidoro del Campo presents a great diversity of artistic and architectural styles, such as the Mudejar style. The cloisters of the dead and of the evangelists, the sacristy and the chapter house, both decorated in the Escurial style, the refectory, the Gothic cloister and the Baroque tower complete the complex.
In Spanish, English.
Availability and Prices
Check the prices of the visit and the availability of hours and days according to the time of year in our reservation calendar.
- Moderate cancellation policy.
- The refund of the price of the monuments tickets will not be granted in case of cancellation of the visit.
- Cancellations made 48 hours before the start of the activity will be refunded 100%.
- Cancellations made between 48 and 24 hours before the start of the activity, 50% refund.
- Cancellations made less than 24 hours before the start of the activity will not be refunded.
What tips do you need to know before your visit?
- Take your camera
- Water bottle
- Wear comfortable shoes (sports or hiking type).
Rules & Restrictions
- Late arrivals will not be reimbursed . If the group is complete, the visit will begin waiting for a time acceptable to those who are delayed (about 5 / 7mn).
- The Archaeological Ensemble of Itálica has difficulties in accessing certain areas. Due to the irregular state of the pavement in areas such as Nova Urb, it is difficult for wheelchair users to visit these specific areas.
FAQS: Visit Roman City of ItalicaThe answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Where is Italica located?
The Roman city of Italica, located in the lower Guadalquivir, halfway between Seville (Hispalis) and Alcala del Rio (Ilipa), in what is now Santiponce, very close to the roads that linked the mining area of the Sierra Norte de Sevilla and Huelva. Its address is Avenida Extremadura 2 Santiponce, Spain. It is accessible by direct bus (M-172A Damascus) to Italica. It departs from the bus station at Plaza de Armas. These buses run every half hour (on weekends every hour).
Who was Publius Cornelius Scipio?
Publius Cornelius Scipio a (c. 255-211 BC) was a Roman military and political leader of the 3rd century BC, a member of the gens Cornelia. He was married to Pomponius and was the son of the consul Lucius Cornelius Scipio and father of Scipio Africanus. Together with his brother, Gnaeus Cornelius Scipio Calvus, he led the first Roman offensive in Spain during the Second Punic War until his death. Italica was founded under his orders in 206 BC and he was elected consul in 218 BC, together with Tiberius Sempronius Longo, in the first year of the Second Punic War. After obtaining Spain as a province, he marched with his army from Pisa to Massilia. When he reached Massilia, he found that Hannibal had already crossed the Pyrenees and was advancing towards the Rhone, but as his men were suffering greatly from seasickness, he gave them a few days' rest, thinking that he had enough time to prevent Hannibal from crossing the Rhone.
How old is the Roman city of Italica?
More than 2000 years old. The Roman city of Italica was founded in 206 BC on the initiative of Publius Cornelius Scipio Scipio, known as "the African".
When did the archaeological excavations begin?
The archaeological excavations began between 1751 and 1755, and were directed by Francisco de Bruna, and the work has continued uninterruptedly since then until the present day.
MEETING POINT SEVILLE ROMAN RUINS EXCURSION
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Luis⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ITÁLICA CITY EXCURSION
It is really worth visiting. No matter what you have been told before about the Roman city of Italica, it is a must if you like history and Game of Thrones, of course. An important route for any self-respecting tourist.
Eve⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Seville roman ruins tour
The weather was perfect for us, it wasn't too hot. The ancient Roman city is impressive.
Pascal⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ITÁLICA CITY EXCURSION
Fantastic, shocking, no matter how many times I see it, it never ceases to amaze me. A must see for any traveler. To this day, my favorite place in Seville.
Robert⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ITÁLICA CITY EXCURSION
Very pleasant visit, the guide was very friendly. The views of the ruins are spectacular. Very interesting information provided by the guide. Highly recommended excursion.
Lala⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ITÁLICA CITY EXCURSION
Very competent guide with a lot of knowledge and anecdotes. We were lucky to have her to ourselves, a real treat.
Raul lopez⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ITÁLICA CITY EXCURSION
Very competent guide with a lot of knowledge and anecdotes. We were lucky to have a group of 5 people on the tour, almost to ourselves, a real pleasure.
Dorothy⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ITÁLICA CITY EXCURSION
Cool! I loved seeing the ruins of Italica. Seeing the scenery of the dragons from Game of Thrones was great.