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Archaeological site of Veleia Romana: photos, description (Velleia Romana)

Archaeological site of Veleia Romana is located 15 km from the town Lugagnano Val d Arda in the Italian region Emilia-Romagna. For the first time the name of this town, inhabited by tribes of Ligurians, found in the "Natural history" of Pliny the elder. The city disappeared in the 3rd century and was abandoned until 1747, during the construction of the Church was not made the first archaeological finds. Then began systematic excavations, which came to light an ancient city.

Veleia was founded in 158 BC, after the Ligurians were finally conquered by the Romans, and became the most important settlement between the Trebbia and Val Taro. In the reign of Augustus represent the period of greatest economic and social development of Velai evidenced by numerous inscriptions and statues, exhibited today in the Archaeological Museum of Parma. The city was also known for its healing waters rich in bromine and iodine. In the 3rd century BC began a period of decline, but life continued in the city for at least another two centuries. And after the fall of the Western Roman Empire, when many Italian cities were abandoned, ceased to exist and Veleia. Later on the site of the ancient city was built the parish Church Pieve di Sant Antonio (not survived to our days).

At the end of the 18th century West of the Church was built a small house of the warden of the Church, then, in the first half of the 19th century, nearby there is another house in which were stored made during archaeological excavations of the finds. Thus began the Museum of Velai. Today in the Museum you can get acquainted with the history of the ancient city, its Ligurian origins, to see pieces of furniture of private houses and sketches of public buildings, etc. In 2010, the archaeological area was equipped picnic areas. Every year in July in the local forum, the Festival of ancient theatre.