A (mini) photo essay of Italica Roman Ruins

When I visited the Roman ruins of Italica, I couldn’t help but think of the movie Gladiator. You know, the one where Russell Crowe played Maximus, the bad to the bone gladiator who “made” the smolder long before the name Edward Cullen entered the homes of pre-teen girls. Italica is located just outside of Seville, Spain and it was one of the first places I visited during my semester abroad there.

Italica was founded in 206 BC by the Roman general Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus as a means of settling Roman soldiers that had been wounded in the Battle of Ilipa, where the Carthaginian army was defeated during the Second Punic War. The name Italica tied the colony to their Italian origins. The Roman emperor Trajan was born there and it was he who rebuilt public buildings including the amphitheater which seated 25,000 spectators making it the third largest in the Roman Empire.

While I would go onto to visit THE epicenter of the Roman Empire a couple of months later (if you don’t know where I’m talking about I’m shaking my head in disappointment at you right now), Italica was a pretty cool introduction to Roman ruins. The Roman Empire stretched everywhere just about back in the day, including what is the modern day Iberian Peninsula. Yes, you can go to Rome to see Roman ruins galore but don’t forget they’re also in places that don’t always immediately come to mind.

If you’ve ever seen the film, these trees reminded me of the scene at the very end of Gladiator when he is returning home in his mind to his wife and son. He was after all the “Spaniard.”

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  • Reply
    petal and plume
    August 16, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    so gorgeous! brings back amazing memories!

  • Reply
    Megan Bagby
    August 16, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Great pics! I’ve just booked a solo trip to the Costa del Sol area and was looking for day trip ideas. I’m adding a trip to Italica to my list. Thank you!

  • Reply
    the red headed traveler
    August 17, 2013 at 1:16 am

    @Petal & Plume-Thanks for commenting! Glad my photos served one of their purposes-to bring back happy memories for fellow travelers 🙂

    @Megan-Thanks for commenting and the kind words! Italica was really cool and I think it would be a good day trip! It’s nowhere near as extensive to the Roman Forum for instances but still a fascinating look at “Rome” on what was the fringes of the empire!

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