“Aquileia, like Iulia Concordia, was originally a Roman settlement,
and has retained an important legacy from that period.”
This city of art has remained unspoilt by mass tourism, and offers the visitor some very special sights. Aquileia is renowned for the Basilica dei Patriarchi, dating back to 313 A.D., a Romanesque masterpiece around which the town developed.
But before it was the seat of the Patriarchate, Aquileia was a very important Roman town: as shown by the significant discoveries made in the town’s various archaeological zones. For example, a series of excavations have revealed evidence of the ancient Forum and its Basilica, together with columns and pavements.
Other discoveries include the remains of private houses, Roman piping systems and wells, and a burial ground in use between the 1st and 4th centuries A.D.
Many of these finds are now housed in the National Archaeological Museum in the Praetorian Palace at Cividale del Friuli (Udine), about an hour’s drive from Aquileia.