When it comes to plan an archaeological tour about ancient Rome, travelers limit their visits to the city of Rome and few other Roman sites in Italy. However it would be nice to tailor an itinerary combining the archaeological sites located in Italy to other ones located elsewhere in the Mediterranean area. That would also offer the chance to combine your archaeological holiday with sea, sun and relax.
An Italy-Turkey tour could fit the bill. Below we try to suggest an itinerary that suits your travel goals, budget and that covers sites that you should definitely not miss.
The tour starts from Rome.
You can read on any map of Rome or any tourist brochure the sites you should visit. Anyway just as a quick reminder, here you have a list of ten monuments and sights you definitely should not miss when visiting ancient Rome’s sites: Colosseum, Baths of Caracalla, Circus Maximus, Basilica of Maxentius, Forum Romanum, Domus Aurea, Catacombs, Arch of Constantine, Mausoleum of Hadrian, Pantheon.
After completing your archaeological tour of Rome, you can head to Pompeii. You could also opt for a day trip to Pompeii and basing your stay in Rome.
Next, after visiting Pompeii, you can plan your Turkey holidays. The site you first have to include in your ancient Rome tour of Turkey is Ephesus. It is located on the west coast of Turkey, near present-day Selçuk, in the Izmir Province. It was an ancient Greek city, and in the Roman times, it was for many years the second largest city of the Roman Empire.
Ephesus was famed for the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BC), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
After completing your visit of Ephesus, you could head to the southern coast of Turkey. There, you can find ruins of Roman cities and archaeological sites in Olympos, Anemurium (on the southernmost point of Turkey), Antioch (close to Syrian border, home of Mosaic Museum with a rich Roman collection), Xanthos and Letoon (ruins of the capital city of ancient Lycia).
This area is also well-known for the resorts of the Turkish Riviera (Antalya, Alanya, Fethiye) that offer archaeological tourists also the chance to enjoy sea and sun.
Traveling from Italy to Turkey can be easy and cheap.
You can find low-cost flights from Rome to Bodrum (location around 150 km away from Ephesus) or to Dalaman (around 240 km away from Ephesus).