Two great emperors were born here

Did you know that one step away from Seville you have a Roman city to discover? Itálica was not just any city within the Empire. Italica was an important city that saw the birth of Trajan and Adriano, the two Sevillian emperors of Ancient Rome. 

The first colonial city of the empire

Itálica was the first city that the Roman Empire founded outside of Italian territory, around 206 BC. And its name comes precisely from the origin of its first inhabitants. 

Among its main attractions, the mosaics that adorned the floors of the most luxurious houses stand out. Some of them have reached our days in a magnificent state of preservation and are of a impressive artistic quality. You can not leave Itálica without seeing the Mosaic of the Birds, The Neptune Mosaic, and the Planetary Mosaic. The latter shows the seven planetary divinities, coinciding with the Roman days of the week. 

Other must-sees are the Traianeum, the House of the Exedra, the hot springs, and without a doubt, the Amphitheater
 

Itálica, Sevilla
Cardo Máximo. Itálica
Place of the Roman aristocracy

From its origin, Itálica was consolidated as one of the first nuclei of aristocratic population in Hispania. Its urban layout and the importance of its buildings are a magnificent example of this beautiful Sevillian watchtower.

The cardo maximus is the main way of Italica. Contemplate it from the top of the Amphitheater!

Itálica, Sevilla
The Amphitheater or the "Dragonpit"

The Itálica Amphitheater was the fourth in capacity of the Empire and was built in the time of the Emperor Hadrian. It is estimated that its stands could accomodate between 25,000 and 30,000 people. 

In the Amphitheater there were mainly gladiator clashes and animal fights. 

Recently, The Itálica Amphitheater has been one of the Sevillian stages of the Game of Thrones series

In the series Game of Thrones, the Italica Amphitheatre became the "Dragonpit" in the outcome of the seventh seaso

 

To keep in mind...
  1. The entry to Itálica is free for EU citizens, and only €1,50 for the rest. 
  2. Their schedules are from Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm, and Sundays and holidays from 9am to 3pm.
  3. Outside the Archaeological Ensemble you can also see Roman Theater, in the urban area of Santiponce. 
  4. In the Archaeological Museum of Seville you can see remains of great value from Itálica.
  5. The Palace Houses of Seville also maintain some excellent pieces of Itálica.