Six amazing ancient monuments of Italy, you have not seen
Italy – a country with a very rich history, and sometimes it is difficult to make a choice where to go and what sights to see. The Local publication advises to visit six extraordinary, truly unique and little-known historical sites in Italy, who are unlikely to leave the visitors indifferent.
Anfiteatro Campano, built in the I century AD, is a structure 49 meters high and a perimeter of 170 meters. It came here thousands of thirsty bloodshed Romans to watch gladiator fights. Of course, the arena in the city of Santa Maria Capua Vetere (Caserta Province Campania region) remained worse than the Roman Colosseum, respectively, the ticket costs 2.5 euros – 10 euros less than in the Flavian amphitheater. By the way, here Spartak slaves revolted against the authority of the Emperor.
Pompeii without tourists?
Located near Rome, the ancient Ostia was a thriving port city, where all the goods were processed, they had to import as well as for export from the Eternal City. However, the city was abandoned around 476 AD. Ostia ruins are strongly reminiscent of Pompeii, but without luxury mansions. The city preserved baths, houses, stores, taverns, shops and storage. Tourists who are in Rome, will be much easier to go to Ostia than Pompeii, and they will have a chance to safely see the city of the Roman Empire without the crowds of tourists.
Today in Aquileia, a city in northeastern Italy, in the region Friuli – Venezia Giulia, home to just 7000 people. But in ancient times there was an important trading point of the Mediterranean, with a population of one hundred thousand people. In Aquileia perfectly preserved central square and easy to imagine how in the heyday of the city is going to a lot of merchants and traders. Visitors can see examples of ancient mosaics, glassware, jewelry and weapons found during excavations in the vicinity of settlements. Thanks to them could imagine what life was like here 2000 years ago.
The huge pool of Nero
It is believed that the luxury Villa Oplontis in Naples once belonged to Emperor Nero. House, of course, for an aristocrat. Some rooms are worth – the walls are decorated with frescoes and mosaics in the mansion are term and 60-meter swimming pool. At 10 meters long Olympic!
Roman women in bikini
Villa Romana del Casale – a place not far from the city Enna in central Sicily, where you can admire the best examples of mosaic art of ancient Rome. Artfully laid out mosaic will allow tourists to learn about the lives of ancient Romans (their work, leisure, entertainment). Curiously, on a mosaic, discovered in 1960, it depicts Roman dressed in bikini likeness.
To leave the capital of the Empire
In Ravenna Julius Caesar he gathered his forces before heading to Rome in 49 AD, but the town moved to its ownership only in the period of decline of the Empire. It was the capital of the Western Empire from 402 -476 years BC. And this is where you can get acquainted with the art of the late Roman and early Christian monuments. Basilica di San Vitale – a unique combination of styles: Roman, Byzantine and Baroque. A Mausoleo di Galla Placidia, rumored to be inspired by Dante Alighieri in the creation of the “Divine Comedy.”