Roman town of Cosa

The Roman town of Cosa near Orbetello

History of the Roman town of Cosa

Visit the remains of the Roman town of Cosa near Orbetello, dating from 273 BC. You can find them on top of a rocky promontory between the towns of Orbetello and Ansedonia. It is a place where visitors can enjoy enjoy a splendid view of the whole of the Argentario and the Isola del Giglio.

The Romans built the town of Cosa near Orbetello to control the territories they conquered. The town’s construction followed a very precise urban plan – the blueprint of which the Romans repeated many times throughout history.

The inhabitants of Cosa left the Roman town in 71BC when the town was ransacked. Forty years later, Emperor Augustus then decided to repopulate and rebuild it. By the 5th century AD, the ancient colony became a mass of ruins.

The acropolis maintains the ruins of the great ‘Capitolium’, a temple with three chambers from 2nd century BC. On a lower level is the area of the forum. On the north west side are traces of other buildings: the Basilica, the Comitium and a temple. The circuit of the polygonal walls measure 1,465 metres and large stretches are still visible today.

Published on February 12, 2023