The City Council organizes two free guided tours on the occasion of the Vía de la Plata Route Day

  • They will be held on September 25 and October 2, prior registration at www.turismodemerida.org until full capacity is reached, for the one on September 25, registration opens tomorrow, Wednesday, and for the one on October 2, on Wednesday 28.

On September 25 and October 2, the Day of the Vía de la Plata is celebrated in Mérida to commemorate a symbolic date for the municipalities through which this historic and attractive itinerary passes: the birth of Marco Ulpio Trajano.

The Tourism delegation of the Mérida City Council organizes, under the title “Because the magic of Mérida never ends”, two free guided tours in those two days.

Specifically, on September 25, a guided tour will be held under the name “Los Astros en Emerita Augusta” in which the night sky will be observed according to the vision and knowledge of the 1st century, from the Roman Bridge to the 22 hours.

Already on October 2, the “Supernatural Merida” route will be held, a spectral route where the visitor will travel to the past and meet lemurs and larvae, the ghosts that terrified the ancient Romans. From the Roman Bridge at 10 pm.

To enjoy the two-hour guided tours, those interested must register by filling out a form at www.turismomerida.org until full capacity.

The registration period will open for the visit on Sunday, September 25, on Wednesday, September 21 at 9:30 a.m., and for the visit on Sunday, October 2, on Wednesday, September 28 at 9:30 a.m. The staff of the Tourism Delegation will contact the attendees to confirm and make an appointment at the Roman Bridge at 9:30 p.m.

The Vía de la Plata Route is a cultural and tourist itinerary based on one of the main communication routes of the Roman Empire during its domination of the Iberian Peninsula. The Route runs through the west of Spain, crossing four autonomous communities and seven provinces on a south-north axis of approximately one thousand kilometers that joins the city of Seville, in Andalusia, with the town of Gijón, in Asturias.

Its route, which still preserves in some sections the original layout and pavement of the different Roman roads that make it up, has important archaeological remains, the result of the passage of different cultures throughout its 2,000 years of history, and an important cultural heritage. and artistic. This itinerary is also a tour of Spanish gastronomy and the ecological richness and variety of landscapes that can be found on the Iberian Peninsula.

With Augustus (1st century AD) this itinerary was consolidated with the construction of different roads that would connect the entire west of the peninsula. Marco Ulpiano Trajano was one of the emperors who gave the road its definitive shape and provided it with infrastructure. A member of a family of the thriving aristocracy of Baetica, Trajano was born on September 18, 53 AD in the city of Itálica, a few kilometers from Hispalis (Seville) and was a legate of the Legio VII (León) in the decade of the eighty of the century I AD, before he became emperor.

The day of the Vía de la Plata Route

The Vía de la Plata Route Day is dedicated to this emperor who, at the age of 45, became the first Roman emperor not from the Italian Peninsula and was one of the emperors who conferred on the Vía de la Plata route its definitive form and provided it with infrastructure. After the Via Augusta, the Via de la Plata route was the second most important in Roman Hispania.

For the ninth consecutive year, towns in the four autonomous communities through which the Vía de la Plata Route runs have joined this initiative, adding different proposals to a program of activities open to all citizens. The program also includes everything from workshops of various kinds to guided tours of archaeological sites (museums, hot springs, villas…), augmented reality activities, hiking along stretches of the road, educational tours, exhibitions, talks-colloquium, pairing tasting with Roman wines, actions in educational centres, a Roman billiards marathon… which make this cultural itinerary known and invite you to delve into the richness of the historical past of this Roman road, as well as into the traditions, history and culture of the four autonomous communities and seven provinces through which it runs.

All the information related to the celebrations of the Vía de la Plata Day 2022 can be followed on social networks with the hashtag #DíaDeLaRuta.

The City Council organizes two free guided tours on the occasion of the Vía de la Plata Route Day