The Tour

What does the Tour include?

Round trip of “Tour Itálica” from the center of Seville (Stop next to Torre del Oro)

Entrance Ticket to the Archaeological Ensemble of Italica

(1, 5 euros for non EU citizens; Free for accredited EU citizens)

Guided visit of the Archaeological Complex of Italica, by our specialized Official Guides

Guided visit of the Monastery of  San isidoro del Campo

 

TOTAL: 4 hours.

 

 

 

The displacement...

The BUS STOP, both outward and back, is located next to “Torre del Oro”, ie in the central area of Seville.

You will be accompanied at all times, including the round trip, by the Guide that will carry out the Guided Tour.

In Tour Itálica we are fundamental to help you and to facilitate the access to visit the monuments of Seville and, for that reason, that the stop is in such a location, so that you do not waste more time, necessary to know Seville in fullness.

From this location, it will take 12 minutes to arrive (and return) to Italica.

By the way, our Guide will tell you and detailing the sites that we can observe: the Guadalquivir River, the heart of Triana, the old EXPO’92, the Giralda of Seville, the Torre del Oro, …

The GUIDED TOUR by Italica ...

It is not the same to see it as to live it!

With this maxim our guides work each guided tour.

Our purpose is to “feel” Italic: Imagine what it was like at first, listen to the bustle of its streets, the public transit of the amphitheater through its tunnels of access, sale in establishments, daily life in homes , etc,…

Italica, is the first exclusively Roman city founded outside Italian territory.

Its origins date back to 206 A.C. Publius Cornelius Scipio founded this city.

The streets are characterized by their wide width and porticoed sidewalks; the pavement and curbs of the streets, as well as the foundations of the pillars of the porticoes, can still be seen today. The layout of the road is orthogonal, that is, with streets that are cut perpendicularly into rectangular apples of various sizes. These apples host a residential type of housing where political and economic elites probably lived, given the materials and dimensions used for their construction. In these residential houses you can see rich and varied pavements – mosaics, whose motifs or decorative repertoires have given name to many of the buildings currently visitable, such as the Neptune Mosaic Building, Rodio’s Patio House, House of the the Birds or the Exedra Building.

Italica urbanism manifests itself through public and semi-public buildings of monumental character, as it happens with the Traianeum, temple dedicated to the emperor Trajano, that rises in the middle of a great porticada square; the Major Baths, or buildings dedicated to public shows, such as the Amphitheater, final element of the tour.

Next, we will see each singular element of Italica separately, to facilitate its greater knowledge and understanding.

Visit the home of the Emperor Trajan!

Roman Walls

The walls of Italica, which covered an area of more than 50 hectares, were built in various phases that correspond to the enlargements and reductions operated on the surface occupied by the city.

The roads

The roads, destined for the rolling traffic, are adapted to the slopes of the corrugated Italian orography, but in the sidewalks, always porticated, the unevenness is softened thanks to the use of stepped surfaces.

Roman amphitheater

The amphitheater of Itálica is the third greater one of the Roman world, being able to accommodate to 25,000 people. The sand has two main entrances: to the east, the triumphal door and the "libitinaria", destination of the fallen.

Traianeum

The complex, composed of the temple dedicated to Trajan and the porticoed square in which it is inscribed, allows us to understand the degree of monumentality of the urban program undertaken by the Emperor Hadrian in the birthplace of his predecessor and his own father, Hadrianus Afer ".

House of the Planetarium

Around the peristyle, a large porticoed courtyard with columns and central garden, the domestic areas were distributed: dormitories - "cubicula" - and lounges - "oeci" -. The two most western areas are the best known, being almost identical: a side room and two bedrooms with doors to a larger back room and opening to the atrium.

Building of the Exedra

This building was possibly the seat of a brotherhood, a college or an association, in which its members, united by professional identity or worship of a particular deity, come together and strengthen ties, even taking care of burial of its members. In its perfectly conditioned areas, there were many activities.

House of the Birds

A series of rooms and distributors, around the peristyle, facilitated the daily tasks of the lord of the house. One of them is paved with the mosaic that gives name to the property. Behind the porticoed courtyard with columns, on the axis of the building, is the "triclinium" and on both sides open smaller courtyards that give access to private rooms, essentially bedrooms.

Mosaic Building of Neptune

In spite of lacking a complete documentary record, it is possible to suppose, due to its location and characteristics, that it was in use from the time of Hadrian and until the moments in which the abandonment of this zone of the city begins. It occupies an area of 6,000 square meters.

The Roman Baths

The excavated area is concentrated in the center of the block of the bathrooms and in its main facade. The entrance in this set made with "opus testaceum" would be made by means of a staircase located to the east, of which only part of the foundation is conserved. The user accessed the lobby, next to which would be located offices and rooms destined to the service of the establishment.