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Location address: Italia, Udine, Aquileia
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The sleepy town of Aquileia, was once a popular destination for many seeking access to the sea. The first apostles from Jerusalem are said to have landed here before spreading Christianity across Europe. The Amber Street, belonging to the network of Roman roads, ends in Aquileia. In addition to the ruins in Aquileia, which have been left lying for all to see, the town also exhibits the fabulous mosaic in the Basilica of Aquileia. The mosaic dates back to the second century B.C. and is considered the most important early italian floor mosaic.
Aquileia (/ˌækwɪˈliːə/; Friulian: Acuilee/Aquilee/Aquilea, Venetian: Aquiłeja/Aquiłegia, German: Aglar) is an ancient Roman city in Italy, at the head of the Adriatic at the edge of the lagoons, about 10 kilometres (6 mi) from the sea, on the river Natiso (modern Natisone), the course of which has changed somewhat since Roman times. Today, the city is small (about 3,500 inhabitants), but it was large and prominent in Antiquity as one of the world’s largest cities with a population of 100,000 in the second century AD. and is one of the main archeological sites of Northern Italy.