Tourism: ancient sites to see in Italy

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L’Italy is a land rich in remains of antiquityoffering a fascinating dive into the history of humanity.

Among the must-see sites, the Colosseum in Rome stands majestically, witness to the gladiators and games of the Roman Empire. Not far away, the Roman Forum and the Palatine reveal the ruins of temples, basilicas and palaces.

Pompeii, frozen in time by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. BC, is a perfectly preserved Roman city, offering a unique insight into daily life at the time. Herculaneum, another nearby city, offers a similar experience but with a twist.

In Paestum, southern Italy, ancient Greek temples, like the majestic Temple of Neptune, are magnificent examples of classical architecture. Syracuse, in Sicily, reveals an impressive collection of Greek remains, including the amphitheater and the island of Ortygia.

Ostia Antica, the port of Rome, is home to well-preserved ruins that reveal the vital functioning of the city at its peak. The Via Appia Antica, the “queen of roads”, bears witness to Roman engineering and connects Rome to Brindisi.

The ruins of Ostuni, near Naples, and Tindari, in Sicily, also offer varied faces of Italian Antiquity. In Sardinia, the town of Tharros offers a fascinating insight into Punic and Roman occupation.

Finally, the Etruscan city of Cerveteri, north of Rome, with its impressive rock tombs, evokes the Etruscan civilization which preceded Rome.

Each of these sites reveals unique parts of Italian and Mediterranean history, and is a must for any lover of Antiquity. Each stone, each column, tells a story, inviting visitors to go back in time and imagine the grandeur and splendor of these vanished civilizations.

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