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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Balzi Rossi is a popular prehistoric site since the 1800s due to the significant findings. It’s a few metres from shore at the bottom of a red limestone wall with coves and grottos. From these caves have been recovered manufacturers made of bones and stone, fireplaces, burials and animal remains dating from Lower Paleolithic to latest Prehistory.…

Locri Epizefiri was a city of Magna Graecia founded by Greeks from Locride. Inside the archaeological area it is possible to admire the remains of this ancient city and take a step back in time of several centuries. The walls set up to defend the town stretched for 7 kilometers and is still visible in some points, outside the walls there are the necropolis...…

A few kilometers away from L’Aquila, in the open and uncontaminated countryside, you can see a part of the ancient romans’ world: the site of Amiternum with its great theater and an amphitheater.…

Heraclea (Herakleia) was a Greek colony rised on a hill between the mouth of rivers Agri and Simni. Some of the remains are still visible like fortifications built from row briks and few little sacred sites.…

Ancient city of Elea Velia was a wealthy trading center known for its thermal baths benefits, a wise law system and especially for the philosophical school founded by Parmenides who was followed by his pupil Zenone later on. The city was founded by a group of exiles from Grece around the 540 BC close to the spring of river Hyele from which it takes its name.…

Archaeological park of Gnatia is one of the most significant site in the whole region of Apulia. It's on the beautiful coastline between Monopoli and Savelletri which contains evidence dating from  the Bronze Age and Middle Ages. It was a thriving center of trade and commerce, mainly thanks to the presence of the port and the Via Traiana…