Roam Like The Romans

Istockphoto © Temple of Hera at Paestum Pic: Istockphoto

Retirement is the perfect time to travel the world and visit all the places on your bucket list. And where better to start than Italy, where ancient landmarks and sightseeing adventures are abundant in every region…

Italian holiday specialist Citalia have created a 360° interactive map that will help you budget and schedule your holiday. The map previews many of the landmarks and ruins in the country so you can plan your trip and find out if the sites are suitable before you travel.

Off The Beaten Track

The Arch of Titus Pic: Istockphoto

The Arch of Titus Pic: Istockphoto

Everyone’s heard of the Colosseum, Pantheon and the Roman Forum – and indeed, they are all well worth a visit. But have you had a chance to look at the Arch of Titus? Or the nearby site of Ostia Antica?

A new interactive guidebook from Citalia shows the many ruins and landmarks still standing in modern Italy – as well as the ancient roads that led to where they were built. The guide includes details of costs and opening times, as well as photographs to give you a flavour of ancient Rome.

Free Attractions

The Roman Pantheon Pic: Istockphoto

If you’re trying to make the most of Rome on a budget, there are plenty of sites that are free.

  • The Arch of Titus – erected in the 1st Century AD, this structure has provided inspiration for major landmarks around the world, including the Arc de Triomphe. The best news? It’s completely free to visit.
  • The Aurelian Walls – Although the museum requires a ticket, the still-standing city walls and the San Sebastiano gate are both free – and among Rome’s most impressive sights.
  • The Pantheon – Not only one of Rome’s most iconic symbols from history, this ancient temple is also completely free to visit, as it’s still used as a religious centre.

Travel Further Afield

The Verona Arena Pic: Istockphoto

All roads lead to Rome, but there’s also much more of the Roman world to see. Journey beyond the capital into the varied regions of Italy, and you’ll find collapsed amphitheatres, preserved cities, and ancient walls. Explore the map to find sites like:

  • Ostia Antica – translating as “ancient mouth”, this harbour city situated close to modern Ostia, near Rome, is now an archaeological site featuring well-preserved buildings and mosaics.
  • Paestum – Located near Salerno, Paestum was actually a Greek city. It features three different, well-preserved Greek temples as well as a large number of major structures – making it a great spot to dip into Greek culture on your tour of Ancient Rome.
  • The Porta Palatina in Turin – The Palatine Gate is the foremost evidence that Turin was once the Roman city Augusta Taurinorum. It stood as part of the city walls, and stands remarkably firm in the Turin landscape.
  • The Verona Arena – one of the best-preserved examples of a Roman amphitheatre and still in use in modern times. The Verona Arena now hosts opera performances for up to 15,000 people.
  • The Sibyl’s Cave in Cuma – Described in the works of the Roman poet Virgil, this cave near Naples is supposedly the former home of the Sibyl who guided Aeneas to the underworld.
Roman Theater at Ostia Antica Pic: Istockphoto

Roman Theater at Ostia Antica Pic: Istockphoto

For more information on Rome and Italy, visit Citalia.

Allison Hay

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