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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Archaeological site of Morgantina has a significant role in archaeology. It displays a native settlement, then hellenized, which became of great importance for trading at the time. It was located in mainland on an imaginary line connecting the northern coast and the southern coast of the island.…

Archaeological park of E. Fiumi is the major green area in Volterra. It's in a splendid location, on the highest top of the hill right next to the fort built by Medici family. Etruscan acropolis is inside the park.…

Urbs Salvia was a land of origin of important figures of the empire who did not fail to adorn it with important monuments. Destroyed by the Visigoths in the first half of the 5th century AD Urbs Salvia was abandoned and the town moved from the slopes of the top of the hill.…

The roman town of Industria, was not particularly big and was not involved as protagonist in great historic events, but has an interesting peculiarity in a cultural and religious prospective. It hosted a temple of Isis and Serapes, Egyptian gods that fascinated the romans who decided to adopt their cult.…

Naxos is the most ancient Greek colony in Sicily and it’s set in a wonderful scenario, with the perfume of citrus groves (that are the gardens that give the name to the contemporary city), the mouth of river Acalantra, the sea view on the promontory of Taormina, and the Etna in the background.…

Archaeological park of Sybaris contains the remains of one of the most wealthy and important cities of Magna Graecia. It was the core of the ancient civilization of Oenotrians, developed over Iron Age, before Greeks came.…