A guided tour to visit one of the UNESCO heritage sites, with important remains from the ancient Roman era and a basilica with marvelous mosaics dating back to the first centuries of Christianity.
The tour includes a stop at Ca' Tullio, a winery where participants will stop to taste the flavors of Friuli.
Departure from Lignano at 14.30 and return by 19.00.
Reservations are open on the online registration form.
Aquileia, an important city of the Roman Empire and then the main centre for the diffusion of Christianity in Northern and Eastern Europe, represents an extraordinary opportunity to broaden knowledge, offering an unforgettable visiting experience.It has been a UNESCO site since 1998 due to the importance of its archaeological area and the beauty of the floor mosaics that it safeguards. An example, the “Domus di Tito Macro”, one of the largest dwellings of Roman era among those found in northern Italy, covers an area of 1,700 square metres and is unique in Europe and the largest mosaic of the Western Christian world, which is found in the Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta.
The Basilica’s real gem is its floor mosaic, which covered the two large halls of worship that were built at the beginning of the fourth century. The mosaic in the southern hall, that which corresponds to the current Basilica, is the largest in the Christian Western world with its 750 square metres.
The baptistery most likely dates back to the late 4th or early 5th century, however, it has undergone much renovation work over the years, which has changed its appearance. Inside, the baptismal font was used for baptisms by immersion, as was customary at the time.
On the north and south sides of the baptistery, there were two rectangular mosaic rooms, probably used for preparing catechumens. Today, the south room of the baptistery, known as the Südhalle, is incorporated into a specifically built museum building, allowing visitors to admire the mosaic floor and the precious "peacock" mosaic, which originally decorated an apse of the narthex, the long passage that led from the baptistery to the basilica.