"Ancient Samnite town captured by Romans in 293 BC!" Sepino by travelnut71

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Ancient Saepinum- Free site and well-preserved!

Saepinum (modern Altilia, near Sepino) was a Samnite town located c. 15 km south of the modern Campobasso (in south central Italy).[1] Saepinum was on the ancient road from Beneventum to Corfinium.

It was captured by the Romans in 293 BC. The position of the original town is on the mountain far above the Roman town, and remains of its walls in Cyclopean masonry still exist. The city walls (in opus reticulatum) of the Roman town were erected by Tiberius before he became emperor, the date (between 2 BC and AD 4) being given by an inscription. Within the city walls are remains of a theatre and other buildings, including temples of Jupiter and Apollo. There still exists, by the gate leading to Bovianum, an important inscription of about AD 168, relating to the tratture (see Apulia) in Roman days, forbidding the natives to harm the shepherds who passed along them.

The columns

These are the remains, there are many and in great shape!

The doors to enter

There were two doors to enter this city, this was one. It was well-guarded.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Well preserved, free and open to public
  • Cons:Far from other attractions in Italy, you need a car, but a must see!
  • In a nutshell:Awesome experience! I am surprised not many know about this gem!
  • Last visit to Sepino: Sep 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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