These Cities Will ‘Ruin’ Your Day!
What if on your next holiday you didn’t only take a trip to a foreign land but also travelled back in time to discover the lifestyle, culture and art of a nation that lived hundreds of years ago? Here is our top 5 choice of European destinations with the most fascinating historic landmarks. Decide for yourself which city is worth a visit!
Although incredibly “touristy” in a good AND a bad way, Rome is hands down the biggest goldmine for history and art junkies. A walk on the illustrious Forum Romanum only is like an instant throwback to the time of Julius Caesar, Constantine the Great and the prosperous period of the Roman Empire. The Colosseum, the Vatican, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain and the Villa Borghese are just a few of Rome’s breathtaking ancient attractions that are well worth a visit.
After the home of Jupiter, Juno, Minerva and Venus, our next stop is where ancient gods Zeus, Poseidon, Athena and Aphrodite ruled: the city of Athens. The Greek capital’s biggest virtues apart from its fascinating temples and theaters are the art you will find wherever you go. Athen’s most iconic landmarks are the Parthenon and the Acropolis – you don’t want to miss the Erechtheion sculptures when you are up there!
In regards to which cities have the most incredible ancient ruins, Italy really has a lot to offer. As well as Rome, the capital, Pompeii also made the list of the top 5 cities in Europe. The ancient town was conserved by lava from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, so today we can literally visit a place in its’ original form from AD 79 (pretty much). Although if you are planning to do so, you might need to hurry up because the ruins are unfortunately quickly deteriorating.
Although lesser known than the cities above, Ephesus in Turkey has a great collection of ancient Roman ruins to discover. The most famous landmarks include the library of Celsus and the Great Theatre but feel free to wonder around the city’s less known sights as well: baths, historic terraced houses, temples and even brothels. Just like Pompeii, Ephesus is also an abandoned city so you won’t be able to stay here but definitely make a day out of your visit, it takes time to discover everything!
Of course, England is also rich when it comes to ancient ruins. Take Bath for example. With its 14 Roman baths, countless historic churches and museums Bath is the ultimate proof of the Roman Empire stretching as far as the British Isles. Discover the rich Roman heritage Bath has to offer by visiting the Roman Bath Museum. The tunnel tours are especially interesting if you want to know more about the history of the baths. Hint: if you are there, you might as well pop over to see Stonehenge too. It is less than an hour drive and is certainly on another level when it comes to historic landmarks!