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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The ancient Greek city of Cumae is the oldest colony throughout the West. It was settled after the occupation of Ischia island. Closely linked to the myth of the Sibilla Cumana, it was a rich and prestigious center in the ancient world: Greek culture spread throughout the Italian peninsula from here carrying calciter alphabet which therefore was taken in by Etruscans and Latins.…

Kainua, was an ancient Etruscan city built on the Pian di Misano and on the rise of Misanello, in the territory of the current municipality of Marzabotto. It was one of the most important city-states of the Etruscan region, together with Felsina (nowadays Bologna) and Spina.…

Saepinum was a Roman town which lies on the plain facing towards the Tammaro valley. It was named allegedly after the Latin verb saepire, which means "to fence in" due to the ancient walled sheepfolds used in the area over transhumance activity.…

The stone carvings of Camonica Valley are the greatest complex of rock drawings in Europe with approximately 300.000 figures carved on stone walls. The most of petroglyphs were found in the area of Capo di Ponte where National Park of Naquane was settled in the 1958 because of the findings. It's been the first archaeological site in Italy to become a World Heritage protected by UNESCO in the 1979.…

Archaeological and natural park of Vulci rises in the center of Maremma in the Lazio region between the municipalities of Montalto di Castro and Canino. It covers an area of 900 hectares sorrounded by barren lands with beautiful canyons of volcaninc origin and where river Fiore ends in Pellicone lake through  a waterfall. Ruins of the Etruscan city of Vulci are preserved by these natural treasures.…

Archaeological area of the Grottoes of Catullus looks over the basin of Lake Garda from the top of the edge of Sirmione peninsula. Inside the park we find the remains of the largest Roman villa in the whole northern Italy covering an area of five acres. Is just an assumption that Catullus was the owner, according to historical sourcing, but there's no archaeological evidence.…