Were we in Italy or Spain?

It’s hard to pick up blogging after a period of silence.  Is anyone still out there listening and reading?! Life once more wriggled and wiggled and got in the way but between driving to Spain, doing Spanish family stuff, driving back to England and doing Anglo/Italian family stuff we managed to keep smiling and getting on with things.


Shortly after arriving in Spain Big Man celebrated a birthday and we are both most firmly of the opinion that all birthdays are worthy of recognition.  We had long wanted to visit an archaeological site near Seville called Itálica.  It’s an amazingly well preserved Roman City (although nowhere near as extensively excavated as Pompeii)  and birthplace of the emperors Trajan and Hadrian.  Bizarrely, few people seem to have heard of it. Even our Spanish family didn’t seem to know where we were heading off to.


The amphitheatre is stunning and very atmospheric. Apparently the third largest in the Roman Empire at the time.



Entry is free, which is wonderful,  and when we visited we felt as if we were almost on a private visit.


And as for mosaics…heaven!


Enjoy the photos,  it’s an amazing place. But don’t tell too many people or it will be crowded next time  we go!


If you enjoyed this, take a look at a previous visit to a Moorish City we visited near Cordoba…


27 thoughts on “Were we in Italy or Spain?

  1. How fantastic – definitely somewhere I’d like to visit.
    I can remember a time when the Gaudi houses, La Sagrada Familla and Parc Guell were quiet – now they are completely mobbed,

  2. Glad you had such a great time and so good to see to see you back on the blog. We missed you. xxx

  3. Will add this to my list, it looks amazing there. We love ruins and archeological sites. Spent lots of time seeing them all over Greece and in Rome. Wonderful to have you back and glad you are celebrating and living life.

  4. What an amazing place. I promise to remain shtum so that you can keep your secret amphitheater all to yourselves. Course we are still here! No-one could take the place of Ms Chica 🙂

  5. Hello, I’m off to Lanjaron on Wednesday for a week. Hoping to get up to Granada to see the Alhambra whilst we are there. Don’t think we will make it to Seville or your secret Roman treasures though. Thinking of you, Lynn x x

  6. My first time in Italica was in primary school, it is the typical excursion students do, so sometimes I guide there for the kids. It is really hard to believe how unknown and careless it is this place, so thanks a lot for visiting and appreciate its importance

  7. Lovely to have you back again! I must have just missed this when I went off to Tavira and I’m still trying to get my act together now I’m back in the UK. 🙂 🙂 Hope Big Man’s fit and well now.

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