North of Seville lies one of Andalusia’s most important historical sites: the ruins of Itálica near the Guadalquivir River. Founded in 206 BC, Itálica was the first and largest Roman settlement in southern Spain. The site, which can be visited on a guided tour, includes mosaics, an amphitheater, and the remains of grand villas and city streets.
Its proximity to Seville makes Itálica a popular half-day excursion from the capital of Andalusia. Tours of the archaeological site take visitors through the ancient ruins—thermal baths, a gymnasium, spectacular mosaics, dwellings for the upper classes (called domus), and a Roman amphitheater—and offer insight into what life was like during ancient Roman rule in southern Spain.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Itálica is a must-visit for history buffs and those with an interest in archaeology.
- The archaeological site is free for European Union residents; there’s a small entrance fee for everyone else.
- Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.
- Remember to protect yourself from the sun and drink plenty of water.
How to Get There
Itálica is located in the small town of Santiponce 5.5 miles (about 8.8 kilometers) north of Seville. Buses 170A and 170B take visitors from the Plaza de Armas bus station in Seville to the archeological site. The journey takes about 30 minutes.
When to Get There
The best time to visit Itálica is between March and May when temperatures are mild and crowds are sparse. Expect temperatures in the high 90s during the summer months.
Itálica and Game of Thrones
Episodes from both the seventh and eighth seasons of the Game of Thrones television series were filmed in and around the Roman ruins of Itálica, also known as the Pompeii of Spain. Most notably, the ancient Roman amphitheater was the setting of the Dragonpit, where several key characters held a summit in the finale of season seven.