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Italica: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Seville: Italica Roman City & Medieval Monastery Tour

1. From Seville: Italica Roman City & Medieval Monastery Tour

Discover the ancient Roman city of Italica on this guided day trip from Seville. Travel aboard a comfortable and air-conditioned van. See mosaics, Roman ruins, and areas that were used as film locations for the popular Game of Thrones TV show. Depart from Seville and drive a few minutes north to the village of Santiponce, the site of one of the most important and largest Roman ruins in Spain. Reach the well-preserved ruins of the Roman city of Italica. Explore this sites that was founded in the year 206 BC by General Publius Cornelius Scipio as a place of settlement for soldiers wounded in the battle of Illipa. Stroll through the birthplace of Marcus Ulpius Trajan (53 AD) and his successor, Aelius Hadrian (76 AD). Marvel at the massive amphitheater, one of the largest in the Roman Empire with a seating capacity for up to 25,000 people. Wander through the tunnels where the gladiators would have walked and stand in the den that housed the lions. Go to places where scenes from the Game of Thrones television series were filmed. The amphitheater was the setting of the Dragonpit, where several key characters held a summit in season seven. Continue to the monastery of San Isidoro del Campo, a medieval fortress from the Mudejar, Gothic, and Baroque periods. Return to your meeting point in Seville at the end of your tour.

Seville: Italica Roman Ruins City Tour

2. Seville: Italica Roman Ruins City Tour

Italica was the first Roman city founded in Spain, built in 206 B.C. after the battle of Ilipa. Enjoy a 2-hour tour of the ruins of this ancient city, led by a knowledgeable guide.  The site is located just 8 kilometers northwest of Seville. More than 2,000 years later, it still holds the essence and atmosphere of the Roman Empire. Under the rule of emperors Hadrian and Trajan, the city further expanded during the 2nd century. Nowadays its major attraction is the amphitheater, which was used by HBO as a film location for some of the scenes in the famous TV series Game of Thrones. Your guide will wait for you at the main entrance to the Italica site, to start your 2-hour tour that will take you back to the ancient times of Rome.

Seville: Game of Thrones and Roman Empire Italica Tour

3. Seville: Game of Thrones and Roman Empire Italica Tour

Discover the archaeological ensemble of Itálica on this tour of sites used as sets on the HBO TV series “Game of Thrones”. You can learn the history of this Roman city, as you follow in the footsteps of all your favorite characters. Your guide will meet you at the main entrance of the ancient city. From here, you will have a short introduction to the history of this legendary and old city, visiting some of the "domus" where the roman citizens used to live 2,000 years ago. Itálica also has one of the best collections of mosaics in Spain. The Roman Amphitheater is the greatest building in this complex, and is most famous filming location visited on this tour. Who could have imagined that 20 centuries after its creation, huge dragons would be flying over the ruins while Jon Snow, Daenerys, Cersei, and a dozen other characters met to hash out their differences in the face of the greater enemy.

From Seville: Italica Roman City Tour

4. From Seville: Italica Roman City Tour

Visit Italica, located just 15 minutes from Seville, on a 4-hour guided tour. The first authentically Roman city in Spain was founded in 206 B.C. by Roman General Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus and was the birthplace of future Roman emperors Trajan and Hadrian. Take a walk along the old streets of the Archaeological Ensemble of Italica and explore the ruins of the houses and public buildings. See the amphitheater that had a seating capacity of 25,000 and was the third-largest in the Roman Empire. Admire the mosaic floors, the Traianeum, the statues of Diana, Venus, and Trajan, and the public baths. See the partially reconstructed Roman theater in Santiponce.

Grom Seville: Half-Day Guided Bike Trip to Italica

5. Grom Seville: Half-Day Guided Bike Trip to Italica

Discover the Roman ruins of Itálica on bicycle from Seville with a professional guide! This 5-hour tour takes you on an educational and exciting journey in one of the most beautiful regions of Andalusia! In this old Roman city, the Emperors Trajan and Hadrian were born. Your guide will tell you about the history of one of the largest amphitheaters in the world. This tour will also allow you to visit the village Santiponce where you will get to learn about their traditions and cultures. Here you will have the option of having a classic Andalusian breakfast (not included in tour) if you wish before entering in the archeological center.

Itálica: 3-Hour City of Emperors Tour from Seville

6. Itálica: 3-Hour City of Emperors Tour from Seville

Walk through the streets once ruled by emperors Trajan and Adriano and learn about the rise and fall of one of the earliest Roman cities on the Peninsula in this 3-hour tour from Seville.   With the help of a bilingual guide, discover the sites where scenes from Game of Thrones were shot and hear stories about the far-reaching political and economic decisions that took place in this site in 3rd Century B.C. Explore this well-preserved site just 7 km outside Seville with a small group of up to 8 people and the convenience of round-trip transfers.

Seville: Bike Tour

7. Seville: Bike Tour

Seville is the perfect place to ride a bike and discover the beauty of the city, accompanied by a guide. Begin with the city’s famous cathedral, one of the most stunning architectural masterpieces you will ever see. From the tomb of Christopher Columbus to the awe-inspiring views from the top of the Giralda tower, there’s no better place to start . From there, head to another one of Seville’s most impressive sights: the Alcazar. This historic complex is home to ornate tilework, lush gardens and centuries of history. In fact, the Spanish Royal Family enjoys it so much that they use it as their official residence on visits to Seville! By crossing the river explore the emblematic Triana neighborhood. This unique barrio, home of Flamenco has developed its own unique, fascinating culture that sets it apart from the rest of the city. It is easy to feel like a local here. Head to the Mercado de Triana and spend some time wandering among the buzzing stalls. Drink in the lovely views of the city as you stroll along Calle Betis parallel to the river. Along the way, stop into some of the neighborhood’s off-the-beaten-path hidden gems, like the historic ceramics factory.

Seville: 4–Hour Italica Tour

8. Seville: 4–Hour Italica Tour

Uncover the ruins of Italica, the first city in the Roman Empire built outside the Italian peninsula, from which it got its name; cradle of the emperors Trajan and Hadrian. After a ride through the center of Seville, ride the bikes along a path across the river and parkways, see the natural wonders of the city and the Monastery of San Isidoro del Campo, to the entrance of the Roman ruins. Once inside, admire its amazing mosaics and sculptures, perfectly preserved; especially the big amphitheater, one of the largest in the entire Roman empire.

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What people are saying about Italica

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 376 reviews

If you're into history or the Roman Empire this is definitely an impressive sight to behold! Supposed hometown of Emperors Trajan and Hadrian, who were pretty big deals. The preservation/restoration of the (still active) site, specifically the mosaics, is quite impressive. And of course GoT was also filmed in the colosseum. Our guide Javier was nice, spoke English well, and even gave us local tips and recommendations after. Not to be overlooked when visiting Seville!

Fantastic experience. The tour was in English because in the end I was the only Italian in the group, not a problem for me because I speak it. In addition, the guide, Jesus, also speaks a little Italian so he was available to explain some concepts that had escaped me. The archaeological area is very beautiful and well maintained. I recommend it because it is really worth it

I loved. I did not expect to see a Roman site very close to Seville. Well preserved, from rooms to reconstructed mosaics. A theater with seats carved into the rock.

Guide (Barbara) was very knowledgable about the site, open to questions, and provided valuable insight at each stop

Italica is a fascinating glimpse into the Roman Empire's presence in and impact on Hispania. It's not to be missed