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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances March 2017
Vía de la Plata Feb-Mar 2019
#1
I'm planning to start out from Sevilla on Monday, February 11, 2019. Since the walk to Guillena is fairly short, there would be time to stop and see the ruins of Italica, but they are closed on Mondays. For those who've done this, is it worth waiting one extra day in Sevilla in order to pass through Santiponce when the museum is open?
 
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Francés (Spring '17)
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Madrid (April '19)
#2
I've been to Italica, though not on camino. I'd say it's worth waiting for depending on what the flow-on affect would be of losing a day, but I'm a former tour guide in Rome, so I like Roman sites more than most. Italica has a lot of mosaics in situ, which is the highlight of it. There's also a small amphitheatre, and it's the birthplace of emperors Trajan and (probably) Hadrian.

Plus, you'd get to spend an extra day in Seville, which is my favourite large Spanish city. If you haven't been before, don't miss the Real Alcazar (a kind of poor man's Alhambra), the Cathedral (the largest Gothic church ever built, if I'm not mistaken, with a lovely orange tree courtyard), and just walking around the historical neighbourhoods, soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying the magical light.

¡Buen camino!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances March 2017
Vía de la Plata Feb-Mar 2019
#3
I've been to Italica, though not on camino. I'd say it's worth waiting for depending on what the flow-on affect would be of losing a day, but I'm a former tour guide in Rome, so I like Roman sites more than most. Italica has a lot of mosaics in situ, which is the highlight of it. There's also a small amphitheatre, and it's the birthplace of emperors Trajan and (probably) Hadrian.

Plus, you'd get to spend an extra day in Seville, which is my favourite large Spanish city. If you haven't been before, don't miss the Real Alcazar (a kind of poor man's Alhambra), the Cathedral (the largest Gothic church ever built, if I'm not mistaken, with a lovely orange tree courtyard), and just walking around the historical neighbourhoods, soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying the magical light.

¡Buen camino!
I have been to Sevilla before, but a number of years ago and with a group of students in tow. Thanks for your feedback. The extra time in Sevilla might be a good idea on its own.
 

Stivandrer

Perambulating & Curious. Rep stravaiging offender
Camino(s) past & future
I´ve got Camino plans until 2042,
- or till I fall flat on my face, whichever comes first !!
#4
I have a fair deal w/ my missus:
I do the caminos I need to do, and I select the towns I will visit with her in the future...
- and she will stay at home and deliver the babies that she has to do do as a homebirthing midwife...
So this coming spring in April we will do Seville with Italica as a must...even if it takes all day...
I must admit I cannot do do both at the same time, sightseeing is another kind of stay entirely ...
 
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#5
There is a nice hotel across the entrance to Itallica in Santiponce. Much cheaper than one more night in Seville. Why not walk there in the afternoon and take a look at the Roman city next morning. Gives you a half day more in Sevilla and a short day to Guillena the next day.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances March 2017
Vía de la Plata Feb-Mar 2019
#6
There is a nice hotel across the entrance to Itallica in Santiponce. Much cheaper than one more night in Seville. Why not walk there in the afternoon and take a look at the Roman city next morning. Gives you a half day more in Sevilla and a short day to Guillena the next day.
Thanks for the suggestion. Seems like a good alternative. I'll look into it.
 
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#8
In 2012 I spent a while looking around on my way to Guilena, it was free for pilgrims and I could leave my pack in an office. However as we were having coffee across the road on last year's Via it looked so different as many tourist buses were starting to arrive. We gave it a miss.
 
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Some but not all, and other routes too.
#9
I'm planning to start out from Sevilla on Monday, February 11, 2019. Since the walk to Guillena is fairly short, there would be time to stop and see the ruins of Italica, but they are closed on Mondays. For those who've done this, is it worth waiting one extra day in Sevilla in order to pass through Santiponce when the museum is open?
Hi WisTom, I’ll be one week ahead of you, I start on the 4th. May see you on the way.
 
Camino(s) past & future
C Frances 2005, 2007
Le Puy en Velay -SdC 2009
Via de la Plata 2011
gr 653 from Oloron to Puente la Reina 2012
Gr65 from le Puy to Figeac 2013
Irun to Santander 2013
Porto to SdC 2014
Astorga to SdC 2015
#10
Be aware that the museums are closed on Mondays in Merida too as in most places in Spain. I stayed two nights in Merida to see the Roman museum, walked to Aljucén,took the bus back to Merida to sleep and visit the museums and back to Aljucėn the next morning by bus.
 

Dominick

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Via De La Plata 2018, Finisterre 2018,
#11
I'm planning to start out from Sevilla on Monday, February 11, 2019. Since the walk to Guillena is fairly short, there would be time to stop and see the ruins of Italica, but they are closed on Mondays. For those who've done this, is it worth waiting one extra day in Sevilla in order to pass through Santiponce when the museum is open?
Hola,
I walked the VDLP this past fall. Italica was one of the places I was not planning on stopping at, but was glad I did. The VDLP is filled with places that have a lot of Roman history and sites, and Italica is definitely one of these places. I viewed Italica as one of the places that set the stage for all the other Roman sites I encounter going north.
Buen Camino - Pilgrim
 

LesBrass

Likes Walking
Camino(s) past & future
yes...
#12
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances March 2017
Vía de la Plata Feb-Mar 2019
#13
Be aware that the museums are closed on Mondays in Merida too as in most places in Spain. I stayed two nights in Merida to see the Roman museum, walked to Aljucén,took the bus back to Merida to sleep and visit the museums and back to Aljucėn the next morning by bus.
I appreciate the feedback. I'll take a look at the calendar to see when I'm arriving in Mérida.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances/Muxia (14), Portuguese (15), Le Puy (17), Norte (17), Ingles (17), VDLP (18), Lana (18)+more
#14
I highly suggest spending time to visit Italica! Especially if you are a 'Game of Thrones' fan - as the amphitheater was featured in the last episode. I pretty much had the entire archaeological site to myself when I passed through last year.

I paid a pricey 35 Euros for the nearby hotel but it was a comfortable stay. As ranthr suggests, you can next take a short day to Guillena, or a longer day to Castilblanco (like I did).
 

Mac53

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2011 Camino Aragon-Frances
2012 Norte
2013 Camino Frances
2015 Camino Frances
2019 Via de la Plata
#16
Camino(s) past & future
VdLP-Sanabres-Fisterra (Summer 2015); Future? Levante-VDLP-Invierno (Feb/Mar 2019);
#17
I vote for a visit to Italica. It's actually one of the reasons I was attracted to the VDLP. I really liked the mosaics that are being restored and its not often that you get to see how that is done.
 
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