Old town of Salona Aug 30, 2014
The old town of Solina is first mentioned back in 119 BC as an Illyrian town - it fell under Roman rules only a couple of decades later when it was concurred by the Romans in 78 BC. During the rule of August the city thrived and became an administrative center for the new Roman province of Dalmatia. Back in the 3rd century when the emperor Diocletian built his new palace in Split he chooses the locations partly due to the proximity of Salona.
Unfortunately most good things come to an end and after Salona fell under the Eastern Roman empire it followed the decline of this empire - and in 614 the city was raided by Slavs and Avars and the remaining inhabitants fled to nearby Split.
Today you can visit the remains at Salona on an easy daytrip from split - you can just jump on a bus number 1 which will take you to the upper parts of the town and then you can wander down hill through all the ruins in the city.
The old town got all the usual features of an old roman town you would expect - including newer fixtures like basilicas. There is an old forum and a theater in the city. The location is next to the busy road between Trogir and Split which takes a bit of the serenity away from the place but it is still a generally nice location with the last plot of land covering the archeological area. There is a few birds hanging out and you can enjoy the view of the mountains in the distance.
When you are done with your explorations you can get out at the bottom of the hill - and there is no need to get back up. Instead you can catch a bus 37 which travels between Trogir and Split - it will take you back to Split.
It may not be the most impressive Roman old town of the Mediterranean but if you are in split it is definitely worth the trouble to get out here and see the old remains of ancient times.
Part of the Quick trip through the western Balkans travel blog
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