Altinum, Italy
I century B.C.- IV century A.D.

Altino is a small village built on the ruins of the ancient Altinum, Roman settlement with a thriving harbor which was destroyed during the seventh century by the invasions of the Huns and Lombards who forced the population to move definitively towards Torcello around the sixth century.

Important findings of the various stages of development of the town are kept in the National Archaeological Museum which is surrounded by an extensive archaeological site founded in 1960 (at the front of the church). The collections of the National Archaeological Museum of Altino include materials derived solely from the pre-Roman and Roman site of the ancient city and its nearest agro dated between the age Mesolithic and Late Antiquity / Early Middle Ages (the second half of the ninth millennium BC - VII century BC). Particularly interesting are the portions of mosaics, architectural elements and parts of funerary monuments. Altino is included in “Venice and its lagoon”, site of Unesco World Heritage List since 1987.

Within the archaeological area east of the Museum of Altino are preserved remains of river port, a road and some of Altino Roman domus. The excavations carried out in 1962 and then in 1963 and 1965, following the discovery by plowing materials from Roman times, have brought to light the road section and the domus. Subsequent excavations in 1984 and between 1988 and 1990, led to the extension of the investigation of the domus, as well as the discovery of a segment of a river quay and materials of prehistoric times.
The archaeological area north of the National Museum of Altino preserves the remains of a city gate of the Roman period (first century BC -I century AD). Located on a canal Nearis also present a complex interpretable as storage of goods. The excavations were conducted in Italy in 1972 to determine any relationships with the archaeological area to the east of the museum. The research is then resumed in 1980 and continued until the early nineties.