Aquileia: the main points

Historical and archaeological visits

◦The Patriarchal Basilica

The first core dates from the fourth century. D.C.. It's certainly the most important monument of Aquileia. Inside is visible the well preserved and largest known mosaic floor from the Roman era.

◦The Bell Tower

Outside at the left of the Basilica, according to local tradition was erected in 1031 by Patriarch Poppone.

◦The Fluvial River Port

The vast fluvial port complex stretches for more than three hundred meters and preserves its ramps, stairs and docks.

◦The Roman Forum

The cemetery area dating back to the first century A.D. is now built between the via Giulia Augusta and via XXIV Maggio.

◦The National Archaeological Museum

A visit of great interest. The most fascinating remains on show belong to the Roman period of the city's life. Outside the museum are the Gallerie Lapidarie.

◦The Early Christian Museum

The remain of paving mosaics from a local basilica are housed in the Paleo-Christian Museum situated in the area of Monastero. The museum also boasts exhibits from the 4th-5th centuries and from the Middle ages.

◦The Patriarchy Civic Museum

It houses relics, sculptures, inscriptions, religious attire and manuscripts. On display on the museum's top floor are historical and archaeological exhibitions, changed yearly to give the visitor clarifications on the theme.

◦The Mausoleum

The cemetery area dating back to the mid-first century A.D. is now placed between the Via Giulia Augusta and via XXIV Maggio.

◦Saint Antonio's Chapel (baroque XII-XVII Century)

Charmingly small baroque style building situated in Via Roma in the vicinity of the Archaeological Museum and erected around an octagonal shape floor plan.

◦Crypt of Escavations

Connected to the Basilica and located under the Bell Tower the crypt of the excavations is the result of the archaeological excavations carried out just before and just after the Great War around the bell tower. The current arrangement was built in 1920 and rebuilt in 1999.

◦Roman Road

Remains of the Roman road that connected Aquileia to Emona (now Ljubljana) located in front of the ruins of the Roman forum

◦The Roman Sepolchral

The only section of the Roman necropolis to be visited today. It is characterized by the presence of five funerary enclosures belonging to as many families of Aquileia.

◦Sacello Paleocristiano