Aquilea was a thriving roman harbour city, founded in 181 B.C. as a colony and military outpost. Later it became the capital of the Augustan
region “X Regio”.
At the apix of its importance, in the first centuries of the Christian era, it counted 200.000 inhabitants and it was the 4th largest city on the Peninsula after Rome, Milan and
It became also an important harbour on the Natissa river as a starting point for the commercial trade to the Danubio area, to the noric area and to the Illiryan and Pannonian provinces.
Today Aquileia is the most important archeological site of Northern Italy.