Ave Emona !
Guests on the Taste of Slovenia tour this May-June 2014 will be present for a once-in-a -lifetime event: a Celebration of Two Thousand Year of Emona- the Roman name for Ljubljana. The Romans considered the present Capitol of Slovenia, Ljubljana, a worthy site, and founded a settlement here in 14 AD which was a strategic stronghold and important early center of Christianity. They fortified it with massive town walls and paved streets, some of which still exist. In its heyday, Emona had a population of around six thousand people. Ljubljana lay in the path of the Amber Route, a vibrant trade route which which connected the eastern Baltic area with the city of Aquileia on the Adriatic coast. Amber in Slovenian language is “jantar.” Yes, THE ROMANS WERE HERE TOO. The Romans and their legacy in Ljubljana will be the theme of a vibrant program of events to be held starting Spring 2014 through 2015, when Ljubljana will mark the 2000th anniversary of the foundation of Emona, a Roman city located on the site of present-day Ljubljana. Many Roman artifacts have been found in the Capitol and in other cities and hamlets throughout Slovenia as well. This year the town is geared up to celebrate its very special place in time with many exhibits, live presentations, even food! Taste of Emona. Museum display courtesy of City Museum of Ljubljana Emona 2000: A City within an Empire is an exhibition from May 23, 2014 running until May 10, 2014 at the City Museum of Ljubljana in the Old Town. Guests on the Taste of Slovenia tour May 30-June 9, 2014 can don Roman togas and take part in the “Roman Emona” evening torch-lit tour of Ljubljana. The Roman Emona two-hour guided city tour in English leaves from the Ljubljana Tourist Information Center next to the Triple Bridge in the Old Town –The tour
explores the Roman city of Emona in the present-day Ljubljana. A guide dressed in Roman attire, takes us on an exploration of the surviving remains of Emona in Ljubljana’s streets, squares, and buildings, during which you meet a Roman legionaire and get to know the culture, customs, and daily life of Emonans. Available May 1- September 30, 2014 on Thursdays at 8:00 PM. Cost of the tour is €15 euros for adults.Roman Lunch or dinner is also available at € 18 euros.