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Roman Forum by Robert Lowe

Best of ancient Italy

Roman Forum by Robert Lowe Creative Commons Attribution

At its height, the Roman Empire stretched all the way to Britain, North Africa and the Middle East, but the world’s most famous Roman ruins are in Italy itself – the Colosseum, Pantheon and Forum in Rome, and the well-preserved settlements of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Most cities in Italy have some kind of relic from the ancient past, be it a Roman theatre, an aqueduct, a victory arch, a city gate or the scattered ruins of an entire Roman city. In some places the ruins date from even further back in time, such as the mysterious Etruscan tombs in Tuscany and Lazio and the magnificent ancient Greek temples in Sicily.