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Italica

Italica

Mosaic, Itlaica

Mosaic, Itlaica

Amphitheatre, Italica

Amphitheatre, Italica

Looking out from amphitheatre, Italica

Looking out from amphitheatre, Italica

Remains of Italica

Remains of Italica

Just half an hour by bus from Seville is Italica, where Scipio settled his veterans in 206 BC, and where the families of Trajan and Hadrian were from.

Much of the old town lies under modern Saltiponce, and what has been excavated has been seriously robbed for building material over time, but the ruins are quite evocative, and several mosaics are still in situ. The foundations of villas, shops and the forum are visible, and the amphitheatre was one of the biggest in the empire, seating 25,000.

For a 1.5 euro bus fare (each way), and a 1.5 euro entry fee (no charge for Europeans), it's worth a visit, especially if followed by a cold beer and tapas at the taberna directly outside the site :-)

Posted by suziqed 10:33 Archived in Spain

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