Come with your private guide on a Roman and Jewish tour to this under-discovered gem of a town with the largest Roman fortress on the Iberian peninsula
Sagunto is an off-the-beaten path visit only 25 minutes north of Valencia and fabulous if you love Roman and/or Jewish history or even if you know nothing about either but love a small medieval quarter, great views and castle walls, then this is a great tour for you. Your private guide can focus on one or all of the historical aspects of Sagunto. I have a personal affinity to this town whereas many people do not know its charm so love to share it with my guests!
Sagunto is home to the largest Roman fort still remaining on the Iberian peninsula- an undiscovered gem by most! It played a key role in the Second Punic War in 218 bc and became a proper Roman city thereafter, despite its sacking by Hannibal. During the Imperial Age, its rich families had seats as Senators in Rome and we can see pieces from the remaingin streets, columns and household decoration at the impressive archeological museum, as well as the Via Portico musuem, the most impressive of porticoed streets from the Roman Empire that still remains in Spain. The Roman theatre is also still functioning, although the original ruins can still be seen.
Not only does Sagunto offer an full history of the Roman Empire but in the middle ages, the prosperous Jewish community thrived in the 13-15th centuries, until the inquisition in 1492. A gret deal of Jewish heritage sites can be seen and discussed such as the Jewish mikveh, its rabbi cemetary and of course the small but surviving Jewish gate and neighborhood. This is also the only town in this area where Jewish historical sites can still be seen, although Jewish history is greatly involved in building of the Lonja Silk Exchange of Valencia city, which we discuss in our other Valencia City Tours.
This quaint village holds over 2000 years of treasures!
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