Map of ancient Italy sites

There’s plenty of archaeological sites in Italy. Artistic, cultural and architectonic heritage is still amazing people due to its wideness and diversity. It reflects thousands years of our peninsula’s history. Indeed it was inhabited since Paleolithic begins.

Italy can be hypothetically divided in some archaeological macro-areas, if you step back history considering the biggest Mediterranean civilizations that left the most monumental evidence.

From North to South of our peninsula ancient Romans left evidence of their presence anywhere.

Speaking of northern Italy, There’s also evidence of Celtics and Longobards transit  in Lombardy and in Liguria as well as prehistoric and protohistoric sites.

Another important area in Central Italy is the ancient Etruria placed among Tuscany, Lazio and Emila-Romagna Is to be noted the originality of Nuragic civilization of Sardinia as well as the traces of ancient Italics peoples like Daunians, Messapians, Picentes that you’ll find in Southern Italy.

But there’s no doubt the most emotional traces of the South Italy are those sites dated back to Magna Grecia times. The remains of Hellenic civilization are still now visible here like temples and sacred areas considered unique in this world.

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Luna is an ancient Roman city founded at the mouth of the river Magra, in a strategic position for businesses due to its proximity to the port (today underground). It owes its name to the cult of the goddess Selena-Luna and today it is located in the territory of the municipality of Luni, in the gulf of La Spezia.…

Libarna is an ancient Roman city on the banks of the Scrivia. Located near a road artery and a railway junction, it still maintains its strategic position as it was during the Imperial age when it was on the Postumia road, an important commercial and traffic artery.…

Greek colony of Himera was founded by Greek settlers. Its excellent natural position, where the river Imera meets the plain of Buonfornello, allowed it easy and fast trade, becoming a crucial node and an important link between central Sicily.…

Stabiae survived the eruption in 79 A.D. that destroyed the near cities like Pompeii and Herculaneum. It was involved in the eruption but it was also exceptionally rebuilt in order to preserve its important port and trade center. Here you can see splendid villae with fine frescos and precious mosaics…

Larino is a burg in Molise that hides unsuspecting testimonies of the past, from the middle Ages and Antiquities. These fragments of history include splendid mosaics and remains of monuments, and in particular it sticks out a well preserved roman amphitheater.…

The archaeological park is placed in Capo Colonna, after which it's named, and covers an area of 50 hectares, 30 of which being intended for escavations and the remaining 20 occupied by woods and Mediterranean forest. Great Heraion Lakinion, one of the most important sacred area of Magna Graecia, rised right here with a sanctury actually devoted to goddess Hera Lacinia at its center.…