We arrived at Aquilea about 7:30pm and after a little while driving around the wide local streets found the motorhome parking area which for EUR 10 per day we had to ourselves. Click here for more info on Aquileia.
Nowadays Aquileia is a small town in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of north-east Italy, in the Province of Udine. However, this small settlement, with a population of about 3,000, was once a significant Roman city at the head of the Adriatic about 10 km from the sea, on the river Natissa, with perhaps as many as 200,000 residents. Although it is off Italy’s main tourist routes, this is an important archaeological site with UNESCO World Heritage status.
The roman ruins of the ancient port are still here however the river has since changed course.
In Italy they levy on the spot fines with the money actually collected on the spot by the police. They went through all our paperwork, licences, registration, insurance, roadworthy and even for a GB sticker on the back. All was in order and we were fined EUR39 for not obeying the no motorhome sign. A lot less than Steven was expecting.
When all was done and we were ready to leave the policeman told us where the motorhome parking was (where we had just come from!) stopped all the traffic so we could get out. Then came over to the window shook hands with Steven and with a genuine smile wished us ‘Happy Travels’
We dutifully returned to the motorhome parking area and walked back into town to start our walking tour at the Basilica of Aquileia.
The main square, Piazza Capitolo, a few yards off the main road, is large and picturesque, dominated by the large basilica and its massive eleventh-century white stone campanile (belltower).
The archaeological remains easily found every where, bear witness of its illustrious past. We walked past the old Roman port,
by the Roman forum the centre of Roman city life with its offices, temples, shops, porches and monuments.