Saturday, August 4, 2012

The Beginning of the End of 6 Weeks in Italy

Friday, August 13, 2010


 Our last full day touring Southern Italy! I will miss the Villa Vergiliana and the food, sights, and friends here, but I am looking forward to hot showers with water pressure. 

The Villa Vergiliana has been undergoing upgrades since 2010. It was beautiful but sorely in need of attention

There's no place like home!

 Today we went to Saepinum and Beneventum. Saepinum was pretty and had the remains of a nice theater. Medieval buildings were built on Roman foundations in places. Our guides used Saepinum as a form of “final exam” for the students. We mostly explored on our own and came up with our own comments. It was a small town but had all the items you would expect to see in a Roman city: a forum, a Macellum, bath complexes, fountains, an orderly layout of streets with a cardo and decumanus maximus, etc.

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A reproduction of a water wheel at Saepinum

Water wheel at Saepinum: another view

Remains of a theater at Saepinum

The Arch of Trajan and a related museum were in Beneventum, modern Benevento. I had been to neither site before so I took a lot of pictures. To view more of them, visit this set on Flickr.

In front of the Arch of Trajan in Benevento

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