Aquileia and Wine Tasting
Duration: 4 1/2 hours
Tour Code: TRI-001
Explore the ancient ruins of Aquileia, a city that flourished in the early days of the Roman Empire and is now one of the Mediterranean’s finest archaeological sites before enjoying a wine tasting.
After departing from the pier, you will drive west around the crescent-shaped Gulf of Trieste and on to Aquileia. Founded in 181 B.C. as a defensive colony, it became one of the largest and wealthiest cities of the Early Roman Empire. Unfortunately, Aquileia’s prosperity made it a target for invasion and by the mid-5th century, Attila the Hun had destroyed it.
Today, Aquileia is renowned for its archaeological importance, as much of the ancient city has been excavated. UNESCO has deemed the city a World Heritage Site as it considers Aquileia the most complete example of an Early Roman city in the Mediterranean world.
You will see many of the most significant ruins, the dominant one being the basilica. Although the Huns razed parts of it and two earthquakes added insult to injury, the basilica was rebuilt and today offers an enlightening glimpse into the past. The basilica’s 4th-century floor mosaics and Crypt of Frescoes are particularly intriguing.
Nearby, there is an excavated Roman forum that also shows the splendor of Aquileia when more than 300,000 people lived here in Roman times. After visiting the ruins, you will continue on to a nearby vineyard for a tasting of several wines that reflect the ideal grape-growing conditions around Aquileia. Afterwards, you will return to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate to strenuous walking/standing. There will be uneven and gravel surfaces to negotiate as well as steps. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. For those who wish to enter the basilica, shoulders must be covered and women must wear a skirt or dress that covers the knees.