Herdoniae - Area centrale
  • Category - Archaeological sites
  • Country - Italy
  • Region - Puglia
  • Province - Foggia
  • Town - Ordona

Address/how to arrive

Ordona is located along the S.S. 16 at km 12.

Tourist Information

Access to the excavations of ancient Herdoniae is clearly indicated and free of charge.


Herdoniae was a large Dauni settlement, that flourished in the 4th and 3rd centuries B.C. Destroyed by Pyrrhus in 279 B.C., it was conquered a number of times by Carthaginians and Romans. An important Roman city, it was located at the junction between the via Traiana and the via Eclanense towards the Sannio. Destroyed by Costante in 662 A.D., it gradually fell into decline.

There are still several evidences of the ancient town: the walls, and the central area with many rests of roman buildings in opus reticulatum and opus latericium (two temples, the forum, a circular market, and public baths).

To the north-est there are also evidences of a small amphitheatre. Outside the walls, a large necropolis included many tombs excavated in the ground and covered by large slabs.

The majority of the finds recovered during the excavations is preserved in the Museo civico di Foggia .

Several mosaics were found during archaeological excavations, but most were covered over for preservation reasons.





  • J. Mertens, G. Volpe, Herdonia: un itinerario storico-archeologico, Bari 1999.
  • Dipartimento di Scienze umane, Area di Archeologia, Università degli studi di Foggia, Una città del Tavoliere: Herdonia (con ampia bibliografia).
Herdoniae - Frammento di mosaico tessellato Herdoniae - Mosaico pavimentale

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