Seville, its DC and also its province, has a strong debt to Rome and Romans. We invite you to follow their steps…
2017 it’s going to be a very special year in Seville, because besides the celebration of The Murillo Year, it’s also the 1.900 anniversary of the death of Trajan and the rise of Hadrian, both Emperors born in the old city of Italica, located at the Sevillian town of Santiponce.
In fact, the Archaeological Site of Italica underlines because of it’s antiquity – it’s the first city founded by Romans across the Iberian Peninsula, around 206 bC -, the characteristics of its urbanism, with impressive buildings such as the Theater (that nowadays hosts the Festival Internacional de Danza de Itálica shows, organized by Diputación de Sevilla); and the fact that the city raised two Emperors, also the two first Emperors that were born outside Italy, Trajan and Hadrian.
The Roman legacy in Seville can be enjoyed through the three different routes that the Republican -and after that, Imperial- Rome built; three routes that come across some different towns of the Sevilla province, the towns where the Roman legacy is more present.
Those itineraries are ‘The Silver Route’, including Italica, the magnificent Enclave Monumental de San Isidoro del Campo, amazing Gothic-Moorish jewel, and other places such as the Treasure of Carambolo, in Camas; ‘The Roman Betica Route’, that starts at Seville DC, before visiting La Rinconada, the impressive Necropolis of Carmona, the archaeological site of Mulva-Munigua or the legendary Astigi (Écija); and finally ‘The Via Augusta’, through the longest Roman roadway, starting on San Juan de Aznalfarache, where the Lagar Turdetano was recently opened, and heads towards other monumental towns such as Estepa and Casariche, the old Ventippo, where there are 12 different archaeological sites. There is more information about these routes on the Diputación de Sevilla website.
Also, even if these routes are close to the City and are easily transitable, there’s no need to get outside Seville to enjoy the Roman legacy because, starting on its museums, the Antiquarium located at Metropol Parasol or the old roadway to be discovered just downtown, on the famous Puerta Jerez, everything captures the Roman essences. We strongly recommend this post on the Cultura de Sevilla website, where they propose different walks around the town to catch the Roman spirit.