What to see in Aquileia on Easter 2023
During Easter break all archaeological sites will be open to tourists from 9am to 7pm, for a relaxing walk among their open-air beauties. On Friday, April 7 the Paleochristian Museum will be open from 2.30pm to 7pm, and the Basilica too will be open all Easter. The National Archaelogical Museum will be open all day, non-stop 10am-7pm, both on Easter Day and on Easter Monday: it's the last chance to see the exhibition “Mirabilia” before its closing date on April 16.
The Domus of Tito Macro, which has been recently reopened to the public thanks to the Aquileia Foundation, will also welcome visitors: it's one of the largest Roman residences among those discovered in Northern Italy. The guided tours give exclusive access to the 1,700-square metres Domus, which extended itself between two cobbled streets within one of the southern blocks. Visitors will get to see the entrance hall, the tablinum, the kitchen and the mosaic floors of the wealthy residence (click here to buy the ticket online).
On April 8 and 9, PromoTurismoFVG will organize themed guided tours: “Un viaggio nella storia di Aquileia, millenario crocevia di popoli e culture” (A journey into Aquileia's history, a millenarian crossroads of people and cultures) and “Benvenuti alla Domus di Tito Macro” (Welcome to Tito Macro's Domus). Just check out info and schedule by calling the Infopoint: +39.0431.919491.
Another site has been recently opened to the public: the Decuman of Aratria Galla, the ancient road which used to connect the fluvial port with the Forum area and the theatre of the Roman city. For all sites' opening times and info, click here.
Plus, “Vigneti Aperti” – Open Vineyards over the weekend will provide a bit of extra fun, giving wine tourists a chance to enjoy wine tastings and many other events at local winemakers' facilities all around the area: check out open wineries on April 8-10 here. Vineyards will be open over the next weekends too, thus matching on April 23 the event organized by Pro Loco Aquileia: a handicraft and food&wine market in Aquileia's city centre.
There's a lot to be said about Aquileia, its thousand-years history and its monumental complex. On March 25 at tourismA (the national congress of archaeology and cultural tourism) in Florence, writer and journalist Elena Commessatti launched her book “Aquileia, una guida” (published by Odòs Libreria Editrice), a project supported by Fondazione Aquileia and PromoTurismo FVG.
On April 15, at 11am the touristic guide will be officially presented in Aquileia at the National Archaelogical Museum: to celebrate the event, free tours or “slow walks” will bring visitors all day long around the city to admire its spellbinding historical surroundings, starting from 9am up all through the evening (click here for the full program, reservation is mandatory as seats are limited). In the afternoon, there'll be two theatrical visits to the Decuman for children too: at 3pm for children aged 5-8, and 4.30pm for kids aged 9-13. Free entry upon reservation by writing an email to email@example.com or by calling the number +39.375.6562461.
Plus there's a “talking map” too, to enjoy the beauty of Aquileia: it's the project by Radio Magica, telling stories and curiosities about the city through podcasts and videos, and it's been awarded a special prize, last March, at the IV Premio del Paesaggio del Consiglio d'Europa – 4th European Council's Landscape Prize.
Photo credits: photos taken from Fondazione Aquileia's official Facebook account