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A bit of history

Several theories have been proposed to explain the etymology of the name ‘Riccardo’: historians consider it a deformation of the name "cardo", the name of a Roman street, or "ricario", a medieval courthouse located in the area.

Local legends refer to the transformation of the name ‘Charlemagne’, to whom the Arch would have been dedicated after his passage in the city.

 

The Arch is the only Roman monument that remained visible throughout the centuries, even though it had been incorporated into the surrounding buildings: a characteristic it still maintains today literally penetrating into the Restaurant.

If the Restaurant is open, walk in: apart from the remaining portion of the Arch, that cannot be seen from outside, you will see the basement of a door, dating late republic, recently discovered.

We also organize art exhibitions that you could visit while you appreciate the ruins.

 The ‘Arco di Riccardo’ is one of the most important Roman monuments in Trieste. It was built around I century B.C. when the Emperor Augustus founded the Roman colony of Tergeste. According to many historians, the Arch was the gate of the ancient city walls as it stood along the main Roman way. In 1913 excavations unearthed a few ruins of a holy area dedicated to the ‘magna mater’ of which the arch could have been the entrance. Recent archaeological activity allowed to draw a precise map of the ancient Roman city emphasising the importance of the Arch as a strategic point in the area.