Aquileia is one of the most important archaeological sites in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, located in the southeastern part of the province of Udine. Over the years, archaeological excavations have brought to light important evidence of the Roman era, so much so that, in 1998, the city was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The presence of the Archaeological Museum of Aquileia, the institution that preserves all the finds of Roman origin recovered in this area, is therefore a natural consequence (www.museoarcheologicoaquileia.beniculturali.it).
The Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, whose first works date back to the 4th century, contains the splendid early Christian mosaics that adorn the flooring of the religious building. It is possible to reach Aquileia by car from the A4 Venice-Trieste motorway, taking the Palmanova exit. An interesting opportunity is also offered by the Alpe Adria cycle path (http://www.alpe-adria-radweg.com/it/).