ItalyThree millennia of history and culture Click on the red dots to read more about the sites.
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Few countries can claim a richer cultural heritage than Italy. Such a concentration of cultural values is a result of three millennia of being at the centre of events, including over 1000 years as the centre of the Roman Empire and 1500 years as the seat of the Catholic Church.
On the map each red dot represents a site that is well represented in our photographic catalogue. Click on the dots to read more about the sites and watch the photographs.
Some of the best covered sites are:
- Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli
- Emperor Hadrian had this enormous imperial palace constructed at Tivoli outside Rome, and used it as his residence of choice when he was in Rome. It consisted of more than 30 buildings, covering over 120 hectares. The villa is a UNESCO World Heritage site. There are photographs of most of the villa.
- Forum Romanum in Rome
- The Forum Romanum was the political and religious centre of the Roman Republic. Each temple, building and monument is described and if possible photographed.
- Arch of Constantine in Rome
- The Arch of Constantine was the last great triumphal arch to be built in Rome. It contains many pieces taken from earlier buildings, and is a kind of monumental catalogue of two centuries of classical art, from Trajan to Constantine I.
- Paestum in Campania
- The ancient Greek city of Poseidonia, later the Roman Paestum, in S. Italy boasts some of the best preserved Greek temples in the world: three marvellous archaic Doric temples from the 6th and 5th century BCE.
- Villa Romana del Casale in Sicily
- A luxurious villa from the time of the late Roman empire, renowned for its magnificent polychrome mosaics, over 3000 m2. The villa is a UNESCO World Heritage site. There are more than 200 photographs from this location covering the majority of the rooms and the mosaics.
- Campania - The Italian region around Naples
- Lazio - The ancient heartland of the Roman Empire, the Papal State and Italy
- Rome - The Eternal City
- Tuscany - Home of the Etruscan and of the Italian Renaissance
- Arch of Constantine - Triumphal arch celebrating the victory of Constantine I over Maxentius, 312 CE (Rome, Italy)
- Forum Romanum - The Roman Forum was the political and religious centre in ancient Rome (Rome, Italy)
- Hadrian's Villa - Luxurious imperial villa from the first century CE (Tivoli, Lazio, Italy)
- Paestum - Ancient greek city with three Doric temples (Campania, Italy)
- Pompeii - Ruins of a Roman city buried by the Vesuvius in 79 CE (Campania, Italy)
- Villa Romana del Casale - A luxurious Roman villa from around 320 CE (Piazza Armerina, Sicily, Italy)
- Vatican City State - The capital of the Catholic church
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