The tour "Hail Barcino!" explores Barcelona's Roman origins

The tour will take place on the 1st of July beginning at 6 pm and will include historical locations such as the Plaça Vila de Madrid, the Temple d'August, the Pati Llimona Civic Centre and the Plaça Frederic Marès

Barcelona is a city with a long history – a city in which locals and visitors alike can contemplate ancient architecture and medieval houses and palaces as well as modernist buildings.

A new itinerary entitled Ave Barcino!, or "Hail Barcino!", now invites participants to explore the city's Roman origins. The city received the name Barcino during the reign of Emperor Augustus and was gradually transformed into an important centre for commercial and economic development. Legend has it, in fact, that the city was founded by a group of retired legionnaires who, having fought the Cantabrian Wars, settled in the area in order to enjoy their remaining years. The city's original name was Colonia Iulia Augusta Faventia Paterna Barcino.

The tour in question will take place on Wednesday the 1st of July, beginning at 6 pm in the Plaça Vila de Madrid, the home of an important Roman burial ground with funeral monuments and tombs corresponding to the lower classes of the era. The tour then follows the aqueduct to the Plaça Ramon Berenguer, where a section of the Roman wall built in the 4th century AD is still visible. Having taken in the wonderful Plaça del Rei, the tour continues towards the hidden columns of the Templo de Augusto and the Plaça Sant Jaume, where Barcino's two principal roads, the Cardo and the Decumanus, intersected.

From here participants will continue along the section of the ancient walls to the thermal baths, housed in what is now the Pati Llimona Civic Centre, the Plaça de la Verònica, Carrer Avinyó, Carrer del Call and Carrer dels Banys Nous. The itinerary finishes up in the Plaça Frederic Marès, which still contains a section of the Roman wall in addition to two towers.

In all, an ideal opportunity to explore some of the most important historical elements of Barcelona's city centre.

Ave Barcino!

When: the 1st of July, at 6pm

Tickets: 12 €

Where: plaça Vila de Madrid

More information here

Publication date: Monday, 22 June 2015
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