- 1 hour and 15 minutes
- Product Type
- Audio Guide
- Alfama Neighborhood, Miradouro das Portas do Sol, Lisbon Cathedral (Sé de Lisboa), and São Jorge Castle
- Take your time discovering some of the older parts of Lisbon as an archaeologist leads the way
- Hit play together and stroll the city or wander solo, but always with an expert in your ear as your personal guide
Beneath Lisbon’s stunning architecture and vibrant streets is a not-very-well-kept secret: many parts of the city were built on top of important Roman buildings. Discover the city of seven hills on this self-paced audio guide tour with Context Travel’s Veronica Iacomi, a PhD archaeologist and expert guide. Veronica will show you the city’s Roman and medieval ruins as she unravels its enigmatic past, woven into every cobblestone and corner. She‘ll also invite you to use your imagination to paint a picture of what life was like all those centuries ago.
The audio tour starts in front of Castelo de São Jorge, or St. George’s Castle, where you‘ll hear how the surrounding area was among the first to be settled by the Romans. You‘ll walk through Arco do Castelo, an old city gate, on your way to Lisbon Cathedral. Outside the cathedral, Veronica will share the exhilarating story of Olisipo, the Roman name for the area that became Lisbon. She’ll also tell you about the Visigoth invasions, the city’s Moorish influence, and the compelling events of the Middle Ages, all leading to the Christian conquest. You‘ll then make your way through the ancient, maze-like Alfama neighborhood. There, you‘ll have stunning views from the Miradouro de Santa Luzia viewpoint, and see the Parish Church of Saint Michael which is locally considered the beating heart of the neighborhood. As you make your way to Praça Dom Pedro IV, also known as Rossio Square, Veronica will point out hidden architectural elements like marble tiles and remnants of Roman structures buried long ago, including four parts of an old Roman fish tank in Casa dos Bicos cultural center.
• Piece together the puzzle of ancient Lisbon‘s urban layout
Born in Rome, Veronica is proud of her city and its ancient beauty. This is why she decided to give a chance to her passion, and studied to become an archaeologist. She holds a PhD in Eastern archaeology obtained in 2008 from the University of Naples “L’Orientale”. Since 1999 she has been working as a field archaeologist in Rome and its surroundings, including the famous sites of Veii and Ostia Antica. In 2002 she started working in Turkey, in the ancient region of Cilicia (where St. Paul was born), as part of a research project at Elaiussa Sebaste. She travels extensively in Italy but especially abroad, attending symposia and congresses about her research which includes but is not limited to Funerary Archaeology, Housing Archaeology, the Roman Empire in Eastern Mediterranean regions and Middle Eastern Archaeology. Her findings have been and are frequently published in prestigious archaeological periodicals and volumes. In 2007 she started working as scientific consultant for archaeological trips abroad promoted by the Italian archaeological magazine “Archeologia Viva”: in this way, she could combine her academic knowledge of the Mediterranean with first-hand traveling experience. Since 2008 Veronica has been an official tour guide in Rome. Leading tours in the Eternal city is, for Veronica, yet another opportunity to share her knowledge and passion, making her case for off-the-beaten path itineraries. Photography has become one of her hobbies and she is more than happy to provide tips on taking photos in Rome.
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