Roman Ruins in Northern Africa – A Great Visit to Volubilis, Morocco

Volubilis is an ancient Roman city in Northern Africa, and one which is worth a visit.

Opting to take a private taxi from Meknes, hubby carefully negotiated a price for the return trip and the waiting time, including a stop in Moulay Idriss on the way back.  We were lucky and our driver was wonderful.  He even asked us if we wanted a guide before finding a friend to take us through the ruins.  Again, we negotiated the price before starting out.

Our guide spoke beautiful English and was very knowledgeable (or simply made up very believable stories).

The Romans left Volubilis in the third century and an earthquake destroyed much of it in later years, yet the ruins of Volubilis are filled with hidden surprises. I think the mosaics are my favorite, but the place is filled with amazing columns, archways, stone walls and even ancient toilets.

Here are some of my favorite shots of our visit, and for a change the family is in almost all of them, thanks to our guide:

Victory Arch in the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis, Morocco

Victory Arch

Floor mosaics in the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis, Morocco

Floor mosaics that survived the earthquake.

Basilica at Volubilis, ancient Roman city in Morocco

Basilica in the ancient Roman city in Morocco

Intricately carved columns at Volubilis, Morocco

Intricately carved columns are seen though out the ancient city of Volubilis

Unless otherwise noted, all photos on this page ©Rhonda Albom 2012

Did you know the Roman empire entered Africa?  Have you been to Volubilis Morocco?

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About Rhonda Albom

When I met my hubby he was looking for a traveling companion. Together we have moved to New Zealand and visited over 42 countries, most with our now teenage girls. Things rarely go as planned, and generally we have an amusing tale to tell. That's what Laugh Quotes is about - the fun side of our adventures and our expat life.


  1. Fab photos especially the last one of you all in :-)
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  2. I agree – it looks amazing! Always wish we’d made it to Morocco
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  3. Great pictures!
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  4. I am yet to visit that area of the globe… Maybe, just maybe, next year… Great pics!!

    Mines up as well at AussiePomm – Movable Feast?!!!!

    Have a great day!!

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