Gateway to the Roman ruins.
Well when i went to Italica, it was HOT!!! really hot, i think it was 98*!!! But it was fun. Some of the attractions there were, The actual ampitheater, the side rooms, the house's up the hill and the Roman bath house... I will start by doing my best to describe the ampitheater( I would recommend looking at my pictures). So, the ampitheater itself was at least 2 thousand years old. There was a pit in the middle of the ampitheater in which the gladiators would pass under to prepare for battle. It was also the place where several hundred christians prepared to be murderd. The ampitheater stands at about three stories.About is the word, I'm not completely sure. But the columns that supported the middle pit are still there standing today. Now for the side rooms.
Ampitheater fighting pit.
The side rooms were suprisingly cool, during this hot day these rooms were significantly cooler than standing out in the heat. They were all linked by a common tunnel running around the whole ampitheater. Some had dirt floors, others still had mosaic tile in them.To the houses up the hill. The houses up the hill were very interesting. Most of the foundations were still there. And some of the walls. Almost half of the houses had mosaic tile in them. Every one was different.. Not one house had the same design! The house's were all set on a hill overlooking the nearby valley. The reason they were set on a hill was for the great view they had of the only way to enter there encampment. Their enemies had only to step foot in the valley below and they would have been seen by the everyday villagers.
Mosaic tile in one of the rooms.
The Romans used the villagers that did every day work to look into the valley below and keep watch for enemies. Well on to the bath house's.Probably the most impreive thing in Italica next to the ampitheater were the Roman bath house's. These bath house's were HUGE. They centralized their community around there baths. The Romans spent almost 50% of their time in these bath house's. They had warm and cold water. They heated the warm water by building arches in the side that they were to heat. They had cold water on the other side. They put the cold bath on the side that was never touched by the son. Therefore, it was always cold. The Romans were a very advanced civilization. This ancient place is definately worth the visit. I will definitely be going back for a second visit.