Archaeological Tours in Italy
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Think of “archaeology in Italy”, and the Romans immediately spring to mind: the Italian peninsula was the heartland of their vast empire, and it is packed from north to south with Roman amphitheatres, temples, fortifications and tombs. Each and every region has at least one iconic Roman structure to grab the attention of an informed traveller, and there are often several! But the archaeological treasures do not begin with the Romans, and they certainly don’t end with them. Prehistoric civilizations have left traces of their cultures throughout the country, and the period prior to the Roman hegemony was one of the great golden ages in Italian history, with the Etruscans in the North and the Greeks in the South vying to produce and enjoy some of the greatest artworks of classical civilization.
The kingdoms and empires that succeeded the Romans were no less impressive, and the Italian countryside is liberally dotted with beautiful archaeological sites and stunning museum exhibits that reveal what local life was like under the Byzantines, the Arabs, the Goths, the Normans, and so many of the other cultures that once brought all or part of Italy under their domination. The vast and complex tapestry of Italian history is brought to vivid life in these sites and museums, and the Romans are placed in their full context, rightly famed for their great achievements, but just one among many of the great civilizations that have made their home in this beautiful country.
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