It is no secret that Seville is a city to fall in love with and where you will find hundreds of things to see and do. But have you considered the dream attractions located in the outskirts of the city? Italica is one of those places that you can visit from the charming Seville.
Considered as the Rome of Seville, visiting Santiponce and the ruins of Italica can be done in a midday excursion and is well worth it. If you want to discover the transfer options available, here is all the information you need to know.
Enjoy a trip back in time to the Roman Empire.
Discover the legendary city of Italica with a professional guide with a historical tour of this important archaeological site.
With this excursion to Italica from Seville, you will know with a professional guide expert in history the legendary city of Italica, founded in 206 BC and declared a World Heritage Site.
You will visit the Temple of Trajan, the Roman Baths and the Amphitheater, and you will appreciate the incredible statues of Venus, Trajan and Diana.
A four-hour excursion to this important archaeological complex, which includes the entrance and transfer, as well as the guide's accompaniment.
Recommended if... Your plan is to complete a relaxing vacation and you do not want to worry about issues related to the logistics of transportation between both destinations. The accompaniment of an expert guide is an added bonus.
The best option: an organized excursion
Considered one of the best excursions from Seville, many of the tourists who travel to the city opt for an organized excursion due to the many facilities it offers.
- Price: This type of experience is available from 41 € per person.
- Duration of the trip: Including transportation to and from the city, this type of excursion usually lasts four hours. You should reserve at least half a day for the excursion.
What is included in this tour
- Transfer from Seville: This type of excursion usually leaves Seville early in the morning, around 8:30 a.m., to arrive at the ruins early in the morning.
- Entrance to the archaeological complex of Italica.
- Accompaniment by a professional guide specialized in history.
- Bottled water.
- Headphones so you don't miss any detail.
- Service without queues.
The cheapest option: Travel by bus to Itálica
An economical and widely used transportation alternative for locals who want to move to nearby places is to travel by bus from Seville.
It is important to keep in mind that when it comes to moving in Seville, the bus is the most used means of transport in the city, so, in general terms, you can rely on its efficiency and punctuality.
If you decide to use this means of transport you can take the M-170A bus or the M-170B bus on the Seville-Santiponce route.
In the city of Seville you must take the bus at the Plaza de Armas Station to get off directly in the town of Santiponce at the gates of the architectural complex. The whole trip will take about 1 hour and fifteen minutes. Consider as additional the waiting time at the station.
Companies that offer this service
The Seville-Santiponce route is carried out by the Sevillian transport company Damas. I recommend you to visit their website to find out the timetables and availability of the service.
Pay close attention to the schedules of the different bus lines, especially if you travel to Italica in the afternoon. This way, you will avoid problems such as missing your bus back to Seville.
- Price: The single ticket has an approximate price of 1,50 € per passenger per way. The total cost of the trip will be 8 € in this means of transport.
- Duration of the trip: The journey takes about 50 minutes not counting the waiting time between bus changes.
- Recommended if... you are looking for a travel option that allows you to save as much as possible, also when visiting Italica if you have time to spend, because this option may involve longer waiting times than the other alternatives.
The fastest option: Traveling by car to Italica from Seville
Traveling by car to Italica from Seville is another alternative you can consider. Although it is a bit more expensive than the other options discussed in this article and also requires more planning, it offers some considerable advantages such as the possibility of traveling more comfortably and the possibility of going at your own pace.
To make the journey by car from Seville to Italica you have three different routes; each of them offers a similar distance and occupy almost the same travel time so the choice of one or the other will depend more on your starting point in Seville. The routes are:
- Taking the SE-30 road; this is the most used route, the 14.4 km route takes about 20 minutes on the road if you don't make stops.
- Taking the N-630 road; this is the shortest route according to the map, the route of 12.7 km has a duration of about 20 minutes.
- Taking the Ronda Urbana Norte road; this route is about 14.6 km from the old town of Seville and takes about 22 minutes to complete.
Companies to rent a car
If you wish to rent a car you should know that in the city of Seville you will find numerous companies that offer this service. Here are some of the most popular and best rated by users.
- Centauro: Located at Av. de Kansas City, 32 Edificio Aniversario Local B2.
- Europcar: Its offices are located at Av. de Kansas City.
- Golden Rent: Its offices are located at Calle Nalón.
Parking in Italica
Whenever you choose this means of transportation an important aspect to consider are the parking options at the destination you plan to visit.
When visiting Italica you will find free parking options very close to the ruins.
- Price: Car rental in Seville is available from 28 € per day for single vehicles, adding other associated costs. You should also consider fuel costs as additional.
- Duration of the trip: The journey by car between Italica and Seville has a duration of about 20-25 minutes.
- Recommended if... If you are traveling to Italica in a group or family and you are looking for a means of transportation that offers flexibility but also comfort, the price to pay for the rental of the fuel vehicle can be easily compensated.
The most expensive option: Traveling by cab to Italica from Seville
If you want to travel by car to Italica, but don't want to drive, the alternative is to pay for a private cab to take you directly to the site.
Fortunately, in Seville you will find numerous companies willing to provide this service and you can count on a private transport entirely flexible and adapted to your itinerary.
Companies offering this service
Regulated cabs in Seville are white, have a sign on the hood and the license number visible on the sides.
Here are some of the companies that you can call in the city when you need to use the service.
- Cab Sevilla Santa Justa Located at Calle Cloro, 2. The telephone number is +34 645 23 01 97.
- Radio cab Sevilla The offices are located at Avenida de Kansas City, 42. The telephone number is +34 954 98 11 44.
- Cab Sevilla Mercedes The offices are located at Calle San Eloy, 57. The telephone number is +34 669 202 136.
- Cab Aljarafe 24 Horas Located at Calle Puerta de la Macarena, 31. The contact number is +34 654 110 110.
- Price: The price per kilometer starts at 0,92 € and the drop of the flag at 1,33 € approximately.
- Travel time: Between 20 and 25 minutes from the center of Seville to Itálica.
- Recommended if... you do not want to adapt your schedule to an organized tour, as the excursions to Italica from Seville also offer direct and comfortable transportation between both destinations with the additional advantage of the accompaniment of an expert guide.
The least recommended option: The commuter train
One of the favorite options for traveling from Seville to other destinations in Andalusia is the use of the suburban train. Unfortunately, for a destination as close as Italica, the train has more disadvantages than advantages.
However, you should know that this alternative is available.
To start the route using this transport option you must take the C5 commuter train at Sevilla Santa Justa station and get off at the station in the municipality of Camas. The journey takes approximately 20 minutes.
From here you should walk to the Apeadero V station, located a short distance away, and take bus 1722 to the archaeological site of Italica. This section of the route will take you 20 minutes and has about 18 stops before reaching your final destination.
The commuter train belongs to the company Renfe. On their website you have the possibility to buy tickets in advance. On the other hand, the Santiponce-Itálica route is carried out by the Andalusian Consortium Network.
- Price: About 10 € is usually enough to cover the train and bus ticket on each of the routes.
- Duration of the trip: This is the longest route of all those analyzed. The complete journey takes 50 minutes plus the waiting time for each of the transports.
- Recommended yes... it is not an alternative that I recommend since it will save you neither time nor money.
We compare the different options to get to Italica from Seville
Seville has many things to see and do, but if you have the opportunity to go to Italica you will not regret it. Here we compare the different options to get to Italica from Seville:
- Organized Excursion
- The best option
- Price: 41 € approximately with transfers and guide included.
- Duration: 4 hours round trip.
- The cheapest option
- Price: 8 €.
- Duration: 50 minutes each way.
- The fastest option
- Price: 28 € and up
- Duration: 20-25 minutes each way.
- The most expensive option
- Price: 0,92 € per kilometer traveled.
- Duration: 20-25 minutes each way.
- The least recommended option
- Price: 10 € each way.
- Duration: 50 minutes to 1 hour.
A bit of historical context
According to historical records, Italica was the birthplace of at least three Roman emperors: Trajan, Hadrian and, quite possibly, Theodosius. It is considered one of the first Roman settlements in the territory that today belongs to Spain; it is estimated that the city was founded around 200 BC.
During the first and second centuries after the Christian Era, and during the rule of Trajan, this important Roman enclave reached a high social and military status, as an impulse of its ruler and his successor Hadrian. In this period, the city reached a population that then exceeded 8,000 inhabitants.
On a trip to visit the ruins of this important city you will appreciate one of the largest amphitheaters of the Roman Empire, with capacity for 25,000 spectators. The amphitheater space has been beautifully preserved over the years. You can also see the remains of the temple of Emperor Trajan, the ancient Roman baths and a series of beautifully preserved mosaics. In 2016 part of the seventh season of the famous series Game of Thrones was filmed in Italica.