Just 3 km from the Serravalle Designer Outlet is the archaeological area of Libarna, an ancient Roman city founded in the second century B.C. The actual area is a small part of the original city, which are now visible and well preserved amphitheater, theater, two neighborhoods of houses and some urban roads.
The Roman city of Libarna stood on a ground full of water and surrounded by hills; crossed by the Via Postumia, connecting artery between Genoa and Aquileia, according to reconstructions had to be present also the baths and a hole, large paved square on which stood porches and buildings acts to trade and other aspects of daily life, sectors only partially today explored.
An archaeological site of great beauty, whose discovery was entirely accidental: it happened in fact thanks outcrop of findings during excavation works carried out since 1820 for the construction of the so-called royal road, created to connect Genoa to the then capital of Turin. The two districts unearthed are located near the amphitheater, and the relics found during excavations are mostly preserved in the Museum of Antiquities in Turin, where you can see mosaic floors, marble, bronze and amber figured.
The amphitheater, unusually placed inside the urban plan, it was a building of elliptical form in which they were staged show a strong impact on the public, including the munera, the gladiatorial combat, and venationes, real their fights to the death between gladiators and wild beasts. On the contrary in the theater, a tradition inherited directly from Greece, it gave rise to representations of famous tragedies, comedies and other forms of the era show. The numerous divestitures by farmers and the construction of two railway lines are both factors that do not allow to fully understand the monumentality of the building: the building had to have a high formal and artistic level, as they leave to assume the ornate architectural elements findings, precious marble and painted plaster coating.
A magical place that will make you fall in love at first sight young and old, to spend a few hours immersed in the history of our territory in a shopping session at the Serravalle Designer Outlet and a tasting of local wine and food. Because they know an area means walking it, taste it, enjoy it fully in all its nuance.
If you are intrigued and are looking forward to book your guided tour of the archaeological area of Libarna, contact us: we are at your disposal to organize a perfect day to enjoy this beautiful area.
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