1. Italy
  2. Apulia
  3. Foggia

Herdonia: The Pompeii of Puglia Ruins to be Discovered

Product ID: 145095
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Walk in the archaeological area of Herdonia, the ancient important Roman city still partly buried and forgotten to be discovered.
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Duration 90 minutes
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English, Italian
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Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the ancient Roman city and the ruins
  • Go along part of the ancient Via Traiana
  • Explore the Macellum and the Roman forum
Full description
The ancient Roman city of Herdonia, discovered on a hill southwest of the current Ordona in 1962 by the archaeologist Joseph Mertens, is also known as the 'Pompeii of Puglia.' It was the scene of two important battles during the Second Punic War and reached its peak in the Imperial age, thanks to its proximity to the important Via Traiana.

Surviving the period of the barbarian invasions, Herdonia hosted one of the castles of Federico di Svevia in the 13th century. Later it was definitively abandoned around the 14th and 15th century. The true return of the inhabitants began between the 17th and 18th centuries, in an area close to the site of the ancient city. First, a farm of Jesuits was born and later, one of the new five real colonial sites wanted in the 18th century by King Ferdinand IV of Bourbon to repopulate and redevelop the agricultural area of the southern board.

The archaeological excavations have brought to light significant elements of the ancient settlement: the perimeter walls are visible and on the west side, the remains of the main door with square towers and opus reticulatum coverings. In the central area, there are a complex of brick and cross-linked buildings, the remains of two temples, a basilica, a forum, a circular market and the baths, while in the northeast, you will find the remains of a small amphitheater. Outside the walls, there is a vast necropolis where several examples of ceramic sauna have been found in the museums of Foggia, Bari and Taranto.
Includes
  • Licensed tour guide
What’s Not Included
  • Tasting - lunch and dinner
  • Transportation and pick-up

When you get there

Meeting point

Outside ruins area (Strada comunale Ascoli Satriano - Ordona).

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From US$ 248.62 Per group up to 50