Currently, Italy is the country with the largest number of places recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Between them, we can find the Archaeological Area and the Patriarchal Basilica of Aquileia, which is, to this day, the main archaeological site of Northern Italy along with Ravenna.
Aquileia, the fourth city in Italy for prestige and between the most important in the Roman Empire, was the capital of the Augustan Region X Venetia et Histria. It was a very important river harbour on the river called Natissa at the time, and an intersection of the Adriatic traffic routes leading to Northern Europe ("Via Iulia Augusta") and Illyria, so as to become over the centuries one of the most prestigious episcopacy of the Empire.
Completely razed by Attila in 452 AD and rebuilt during the eleventh century.Today, Aquileia is a quiet small town in the province of Udine in which take place several events: among the tastiest ones, we would like to mention “A tavola con gli antichi romani“ (Eating with the ancient Romans), an annual event during which sumptuous dinners are prepared according to the original ancient Roman recipes.