If it is monumental Roman architecture, such as amphitheatres and theatres, Etruscan tombs, or the prehistoric rock carvings that specifically interest you, the archaeology of Italy provides many, varied ways for travellers to this beautiful country to explore its prehistoric and ancient pasts. Italy’s past has also been shaped by different visitors, the Normans and their castles, the ancient Greeks and their temples, to mention just a few.
For a list of archaeology sites and museums, with details for visiting these, either click on the region on the map, or click on the links below:
When it comes to archaeology in Italy, there really is no place like Rome, also called the Eternal City. As a result, along with the twenty different regions that make up Italy, Rome is given its own page. If you are looking to ease yourself into the best and most popular sights in Rome, have a look at the suggested top ten sites to visit. Once you have been there and done all those, then move on and explore the history and heritage of the city further with a more complete list of archaeological sites and museums in Rome.
Bronze Horses of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice
The four near life-size bronze horses of St Mark’s Basilica are said by many to be among Europe’s finest creations. They really are exquisite artefacts, made all the more fascinating by their biography. This is a story that has been shaped by some of Europe’s significant historical events, from soon after they were made … Continue Reading >>
So You Want to See a Mithraeum in Rome?
Of all the underground Roman structures that made Rome the city it was in ancient times, it is the temples dedicated to the Indo-Iranian god Mithras that are perhaps amongst the most enigmatic. As spectacular as the subterranean catacombs or the sewer tunnels are, we know much less about what went on in the ancient eternal city’s estimated 35 mithraea … Continue Reading >>
Archaeological & Architectural Splendours of Puglia
Trulli of Alberobello.
From Neolithic/Bronze Age dolmens to the ubiquitous Medieval churches and castles, this small-group tour of the cultural heritage of Puglia provides visitors an introduction to a region of Italy that has seen many come and go. Ancient Greeks, Romans, Normans, the Hohenstaufens and Angevins; each of these have left their mark, by building anew or modifying existing architecture. This all inclusive, ten-day tour will run in late March/April and November 2017. On hand will be local guides to ensure we experience the best cuisine in the region.
Small group archaeology of Puglia and neighbouring regions.