Wednesday, 16 October 2013


Last weekend we went to Seville, I have a very dear friend there, and her son is my goodson, now a 19 year old boy, nearly a man , second year at university, but I love to spend some time with them.

At arrival, my friend asked us to stop in Sevilla Center, and so we did, and the best of all surprises, she took us to the roof terrace bar at EME Fusionhotel Catedral, situated in front of the Cathedral, and with spectacular views over La Giralda, we arrived about 7 pm so we had the view of sunset, and also by night, both fantastic.

Spanish Tortilla

Then we went for some drinks and tapas in the old town always with the special atmosphere, a song from Los del Rio ( light flamenco music group) the lyrics says "Sevilla tiene un color especial"            ( Seville has a special colour) and true it is.

On sunday we decided to visit Italica, city founded in 206 BC by the roman general Publius, in order to settle the roman soldiers wouded in battle during the Second Punic War. The name Italica bound the colonia to their Italian origins.

The roman emperor Trajan was born in Italica.Hadrian was generous to his settled town, it was made colonia, he added temples, including the Trajaneum, venerating Trajan, and rebuilt public buildings, Italica's amphitheater seated 25 000 spectacors, the third largest in the Roman Empire.
The citys Roman population estimated to have been 8000 .

A shift of the Guadalquivir River bed , left Italica isolated, high and dry ( if you want to visit , don't go in July or Agust).the city started to dwindle as early as the third century . Later Seville grew nearby, but no modern city covered Italica's fundations. The result is an unusually well preserved Roman city, and unexpected archeological riches are now in the Museo Arqueologico of Seville, the most famous marble coloussus of Trajan.

Italica has original cobbled streets and mosaic floors , the excavation began in 1781, and still continues. One can observe the way the Romans developed the territory, streets 8 meters wide, traffic in both directions, and wide sidewalks, the "clubs" only for gentlemen, with their termas, pools of hot (caldarium) temperate (tepidarium) cold ( frigidarium) water and dry sweating rooms (laconicum) as well as spaces to exersice, as was the costums of the Roman's. Aqueducts was build to bring water to the growing city, houses up to 4000 square meters, probably "semipublic" , and private houses all with a central patio, several public and private spaces, the houses was named after the floor ceramics all with patterns of the mythology, animals, flowers, plants and geometrics.

The city of Santiponce 9 km north of Seville also has the Roman Theatre, capacity of 3000 espectators, several cultural events in the summer in these ancient surroundings, and The Monastry of San Isidoro del Campo founded in 1301 can aslo be visited.

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 I hope you enjoyed this little trip in the time, Seville is full of small squares and narrow streets, The Maria Luisa Park, La Torre del Oro, La Maestranza Plaza de Toros, a walk along the Guadalquivir River, a visit to the Expo 92 area, La Cartuja, lots of traditions, street life, the prosessions in the Easter Week,  Sevillana
 ( the typical music for the dance with the same name), in April every year you have the Feria de Abril, a one week long party, everybody dressed in the flamenco way, and dancing Sevillanas, have a look here:

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