The ancient Roman city of Altinum was a settlement in the region of today’s Quarto d’Altino. During its flowering, it had over 20,000 inhabitants. After being destroyed by the Huns, the inhabitants fled to the small islands in the lagoon of later Venice. [German]
Altinum in Quarto d’Altino
I was glad to hear that the remains were never overbuilt by a modern city. So the structure is still visible below the surface. In 2007, a geomagnetic prospection created a clear picture of the town’s map. The scientists even discovered the signs of a large canal leading through the ancient place.
During my visit in 2003, these details were unknown. So I walked over the green which covered the ancient remains and was glad to find several old pavers compiled to a street. In addition, I enjoyed ancient statues and tomb stones in the nearby Museo Nazionale Archeologico di Altino.