10 of the world’s unsung places - travel tips and articles - Lonely Planet Everyone knows Marrakesh and Fès, but who takes the time to stop off in lesser-known Meknès? On a smaller scale than its more famous siblings, this ancient imperial city has a low key, laid-back feel, yet an architectural and cultural bounty of 45km of walls, nearly 50 palaces, and nearby, the plateau-top Roman ruins of Volubilis.
Volubilis, Morocco. Volubilis is a partly excavated Roman city in Morocco situated near Meknes between Fes and Rabat. Built in a fertile agricultural area, it was developed from the 3rd century BCE onwards as a Phoenician settlement, and later, Roman.
Roman mosaic from The House of Orpheus showing Orpheus playing a lute in the centre with wild African animals surrounding him. From the triclinium or the dining room of the villa looking out across the fertile plains. Volubilis Archaeological Site, near Meknes, Morocco