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Italica Roman City Tour and 14th Century Medieval Monastery

1. Italica Roman City Tour and 14th Century Medieval Monastery

Depart from Seville and journey a few minutes north to the village of Santiponce, the site of one of the most important and largest Roman ruins in Spain. Upon arrival at the well-preserved ruins of the Roman city of Italica, discover wonderful examples of Roman architecture, mosaic work and city layouts. Founded in the year 206 BC by General Publius Cornelius Scipio as a place of settlement for soldiers wounded in the battle of Illipa, the Roman settlement of Italica is the oldest in Spain and served as an important military outpost. Its name references the first settlers who came from Italy, and it was the birthplace of Marcus Ulpius Trajan (53 AD) and his successor, Aelius Hadrian (76 AD). Marvel at the massive amphitheater, one of the largest in the Roman Empire with a seating capacity for up to 25,000 people. Wander through the tunnels where the gladiators would have walked and stand in the den that housed the lions. In the center of the arena is a great pit that would have been covered by a wooden structure and was used for gladiator and wild animal sports.  Episodes from the Game of Thrones television series were filmed in and around the Roman ruins of Itálica. The Roman amphitheater was the setting of the Dragonpit, where several key characters held a summit in season seven. After the visit of Italica you will visit the monastery of San Isidoro del Campo, a medieval fortress from the Mudejar, Gothic and Baroque periods. Then, travel back to Seville.

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Seville: Game of Thrones and Roman Empire Italica Tour

2. Seville: Game of Thrones and Roman Empire Italica Tour

Discover the archaeological ensemble of Itálica on this tour of sites used as sets on the HBO TV series “Game of Thrones”. You can learn the history of this Roman city, as you follow in the footsteps of all your favorite characters. Your guide will meet you at the main entrance of the ancient city. From here, you will have a short introduction to the history of this legendary and old city, visiting some of the "domus" where the roman citizens used to live 2,000 years ago. Itálica also has one of the best collections of mosaics in Spain. The Roman Amphitheater is the greatest building in this complex, and is most famous filming location visited on this tour. Who could have imagined that 20 centuries after its creation, huge dragons would be flying over the ruins while Jon Snow, Daenerys, Cersei, and a dozen other characters met to hash out their differences in the face of the greater enemy.

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Seville: Italica Roman Ruins City Tour

3. Seville: Italica Roman Ruins City Tour

Italica was the first Roman city founded in Spain, built in 206 B.C. after the battle of Ilipa. Enjoy a 2-hour tour of the ruins of this ancient city, led by a knowledgeable guide.  The site is located just 8 kilometers northwest of Seville. More than 2,000 years later, it still holds the essence and atmosphere of the Roman Empire. Under the rule of emperors Hadrian and Trajan, the city further expanded during the 2nd century. Nowadays its major attraction is the amphitheater, which was used by HBO as a film location for some of the scenes in the famous TV series Game of Thrones. Your guide will wait for you at the main entrance to the Italica site, to start your 2-hour tour that will take you back to the ancient times of Rome.

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Itálica: 3-Hour City of Emperors Tour from Seville

4. Itálica: 3-Hour City of Emperors Tour from Seville

Walk through the streets once ruled by emperors Trajan and Adriano and learn about the rise and fall of one of the earliest Roman cities on the Peninsula in this 3-hour tour from Seville.   With the help of a bilingual guide, discover the sites where scenes from Game of Thrones were shot and hear stories about the far-reaching political and economic decisions that took place in this site in 3rd Century B.C. Explore this well-preserved site just 7 km outside Seville with a small group of up to 8 people and the convenience of round-trip transfers.

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Seville: Roman City of Itálica 2.5-Hour Tour

5. Seville: Roman City of Itálica 2.5-Hour Tour

Explore the birthplace of the Roman emperors Trajan and Hadrian on a guided tour of the ancient city of Itálica, 9 kilometers northwest of Seville. Tour the archaeological site with a private guide and learn why Itálica played an important role in the political, military and economic life of the Roman Empire. See ancient treasures including beautiful mosaics and one of the largest amphitheaters of the empire. Discover public buildings and private homes built during the reign of Hadrian, learn about the construction of the city and hear about the lives of its inhabitants.

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From Seville: Italica Roman City Tour

6. From Seville: Italica Roman City Tour

Visit Italica, located just 15 minutes from Seville, on a 4-hour guided tour. The first authentically Roman city in Spain was founded in 206 B.C. by Roman General Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus and was the birthplace of future Roman emperors Trajan and Hadrian. Take a walk along the old streets of the Archaeological Ensemble of Italica and explore the ruins of the houses and public buildings. See the amphitheater that had a seating capacity of 25,000 and was the third-largest in the Roman Empire. Admire the mosaic floors, the Traianeum, the statues of Diana, Venus, and Trajan, and the public baths. See the partially reconstructed Roman theater in Santiponce.

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Seville: Bike Tour

7. Seville: Bike Tour

Seville is the perfect place to ride a bike and discover the beauty of the city, accompanied by a guide. Begin with the city’s famous cathedral, one of the most stunning architectural masterpieces you will ever see. From the tomb of Christopher Columbus to the awe-inspiring views from the top of the Giralda tower, there’s no better place to start . From there, head to another one of Seville’s most impressive sights: the Alcazar. This historic complex is home to ornate tilework, lush gardens and centuries of history. In fact, the Spanish Royal Family enjoys it so much that they use it as their official residence on visits to Seville! By crossing the river explore the emblematic Triana neighborhood. This unique barrio, home of Flamenco has developed its own unique, fascinating culture that sets it apart from the rest of the city. It is easy to feel like a local here. Head to the Mercado de Triana and spend some time wandering among the buzzing stalls. Drink in the lovely views of the city as you stroll along Calle Betis parallel to the river. Along the way, stop into some of the neighborhood’s off-the-beaten-path hidden gems, like the historic ceramics factory.

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Seville: 4–Hour Italica Tour

8. Seville: 4–Hour Italica Tour

Uncover the ruins of Italica, the first city in the Roman Empire built outside the Italian peninsula, from which it got its name; cradle of the emperors Trajan and Hadrian. After a ride through the center of Seville, ride the bikes along a path across the river and parkways, see the natural wonders of the city and the Monastery of San Isidoro del Campo, to the entrance of the Roman ruins. Once inside, admire its amazing mosaics and sculptures, perfectly preserved; especially the big amphitheater, one of the largest in the entire Roman empire.

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What people are saying about Italica

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 243 reviews

Very interesting. My favorite parts were the amphitheater and all the tile work on the floors of the homes. It was fun to explore the vomitorium of the amphitheater after the tour was over, finding all the little viewpoints into the arena. You could almost hear the roar of the crowd jeering at the gladiators in the arena.

Guided tour for only 4 people. Great guide, smiling. Full of information and little anecdotes. Additional photos and videos on tablet. Very well preserved ruins, still full of others to discover when the country can afford it. In the top ! Recommend the visit

Fantastic tour - experience guaranteed. Very good organization and punctuality. Express contact to confirm collection details. I recommend!!!!

Veronica was an excellent guide who was very helpful and informative for English speaking guests.

great attraction ruins of a Roman city wonderful mosaics, competent guide,