By Anna Borin, 31st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published September 21, 2012
Aquileia is a small town close to the Adriatic Sea that’s a little more than an hour’s drive southeast of the base. While Rome is a wonderful place to see acres and acres of ruins, Aquileia is the perfect day trip to see similar ruins on a smaller scale; not to mention, you can be home in time for dinner. (Photo by Jessica Lynn)
Aquileia dates back to antiquity (around 180 B.C.) and was one of the wealthiest cities in the Roman Empire at the time. Today it’s a working archeological site, as well as featured on the UNESCO World Heritage List. (Photo by Jessica Lynn)
The town, dubbed “Second Rome,” was not only destroyed and demolished by Attila the Hun in the 4th century, but after the ambush many Venetians traveled to Aquileia to acquire building supplies. They ended up stealing stones to help construct their homes in Venice.
(Photo by Jessica Lynn)