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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Segesta was one of the main cities of Elymian people. They had pretty mainland culture and customs and they originally came from the city of Troy according to tradition. Due to a Hellenise process the city became one of the major urban centres in all of the Mediterranean basin. This fact provided to Segesta the support of Athens and Carthage against the old enemy Selinunnte…

As you get in Solacium, you can see a spectacular place, with a view on the Squillace’s gulf, centenarian olive trees, and monumental remains of a Byzantine Basilica. But Scolacium has a long story to tell.…

Roman port of Classe was one of the most important port for docking in the ancient world. It was at the mouth of the canal-port at about 4 km from the city of Ravenna. In the V century it was at its height right when Civitas Classis - of which Ravenna was the capital - became a main center with an access to the sea both for trading and military activities.…

Necropolis of Tarquinia, called also Etruscan necropolis of Monterozzi, overlies on a highland to the east of the city with some 6000 tombs, many of which were covered by tumulus with chambers carved in the rock below. The oldest ones date from VII century BC. Among thousands graves, at least 200 are decorated with a number of frescos which are the main core of the Etruscan art came to us.…

Sentinum is one of the most important archaeological site in Marche. At first glance, you can have a view of the ancient city that is collocated in an area where there has not been construction in modern age and so the urban planning is still visible, with its streets and some remains of important buildings.…

Ancient Vetulonia, an important Etruscan city, is characterized in particular because it is a rich and wide necropolis of this civilization, with monumental tombs from different historical periods, that today are disposed in a natural landscape, surrounded by olive trees and Mediterranean forest.…