Subject: Re: Archeology
Hey Tiffany,

I'm an avid visitor of archeological sites. I usually tire my husband and son out by the end of our summer trips, but I just LOVE seeing architecture and art through the ages.

In Italy, I would definately see Pompeii, but also Ostia Antica, which is a metro ride away from Rome, towards the coast. The two towns are very different, and it is a great way to compare a port/business town with a leisure town.

Other archeological sites we've enjoyed in Italy are: Fiesole - outside of Florence Southwest of Siena - ruins of the Abbey of San Galgano South of Siena and West of Mt. Amiata - the castle at Radicofani Outside of Grosseto - the ruins of Roselle Cerveteri - northwest of Rome, with a great necropolis, better I think than Tarquinia Umbria - Carsulae Rome - the various well known sites, including a side trip to Hadian's Villa; my favorite being the temple facade on the backside of the Borsa for the way it has been incorporated into a 'modern' buiding. For an interesting 'view through the ages', the Museum of Civilization in EUR is in chronological order, although most pieces are copies, and has a huge, great model of Imperial Rome and hall displaying the story depicted in Trajan's Column. Paestum - already mentioned, south of Naples Sicily - Taormina, Segesta, Selinunte, Agrigento, the Villa Casale in Piazza Armerina, Tindari (beautiful views. For some reason, the ruins in Siracus weren't spectacular to me, although the museum in town was nicely organzied. We will visit Mozia and Solunto this summer - both sites look interesting to me and were Phoenician towns before the Greeks and Romans come along.

I'm sure you'll have a time narrowning down all of the possibilities! Ancient and/or still used churches and abbies in Italy, now that's another story!

Ciao, Kristy S.F.