One of the greatest empires the world has ever seen, at its height, Rome dominated Europe, North Africa and the Near East. This great civilization has, of course, left a profound archaeological legacy: from the ditches and Milecastles of Hadrian’s Wall; to Oasis forts deep in the Jordanian desert; to the monumental architecture of Rome itself.
There is a common misconception that Rome imposed a uniform 'Rome-ness' on all her colonies: stamping out the same neatly gridded towns, straight roads, amphitheatres and villas across the Mediterranean. In reality however, the Rome's power lay in her ability to adapt, absorbing a vast array of local customs and practices into the imperial fold.
Andante’s Italian Tours cover every aspect of Roman civilization. From Rome’s humble beginnings as a small Etruscan-influenced city state; to the pomp and excess of the Imperial era; up to the Empire’s eventual fall and retreat from Rome to Ravenna.
Beyond Italy, our tours of Britain and Germany explore the (often fiercely contested) frontiers of Roman Europe while in Albania, Turkey and Croatia we introduction to some of the hidden gems of Roman archaeology.