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A trip to Rome and Greece will give you several opportunities to compare the ancient civilizations that are the cornerstone of society today. Your Rome and Greece tour will take you to the foundation of art, government, and economy.
While the comparisons are obvious, during your Rome and Greece travel, you will also be able to see the nuanced differences between the two. The Greek city-states were separated by hills and were located near water. Conversely, the landscape of Rome is inland on one side of the Tiber River. A Rome and Greece vacation package will illuminate how these differences played out in the development of two similar, yet distinct societies.
Some of the best things to do in Rome and Greece involve the study of their classic art. While Roman art was influenced by the Greek artists, there are still differences. Greek art typically is thought of as more geometric with sculptures such as the famous Venus de Milo and pottery, while Roman art tended to be more flat, with mosaics and frescoes. Perhaps the art of the civilizations mirrored their respective landscapes of hilly versus flat.
World Changing Innovations
Roman civilization brought innovations to such as aqueducts and road construction which are still in existence today. The Greek civilization took advantage of abundant water and used water power to design the world’s first water mills for grinding grain. The Greeks also created tools for measuring distance and time, which you can see at Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology.
No relaxing trip would be complete without a visit to the Rome and Greece beaches. While it is true that Rome is not situated on water, since the days of the Roman Empire, residents and visitors alike escaped the city for the beach. A short trip will take you to several nearby beaches such as Anzio, Ostia, Santa Marinella or Sperlonga. Greece, on the other hand, with the abundant water and islands has about 400 beaches to visit, depending on what area of Greece you are visiting.
With a Rome and Greece vacation package, you’ll be able to experience multiple cultural opportunities. Rome is home to the Vatican City and a visit to Rome can include a tour of the Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s Rooms and St. Peter’s Basilica. During a Rome and Greece day tour, you’ll want to take a walking trip through Rome and see architectural wonders such as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Capitoline Hill, Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon. Greece is no stranger to outstanding architecture and if you’re wondering what to see in Rome and Greece, you will want to see Athens’ Acropolis, site of the Parthenon, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, or the famed Erechtheion, with the Porch of the Maidens, consisting of six females serving as the structure’s supporting columns.
During your Rome and Greece tours excursions; you will see countless nods to the ancient Roman and Greek gods and goddesses. In Sounion, The Temple of Poseidon, God of the Sea, offers a spectacular view overlooking the sea. The temple was constructed in the 5th century B.C., and is now roped off to see from a distance. In Rome, you can visit Palentine Hill and see Casa Romuli, the mythological birthplace of the city founders, Romulus and Remus. You’ll also get an excellent view of the city from the top of the hill.
Eating wonderful local food may be on your list of what to do in Rome and Greece, as the local markets offer a tantalizing array of food and drink to impress anyone. The Agora-Athens Central Market is a lively place to find fish, meat and vegetables, as well as people watch, while Rome’s historic Campo de Fiori has been in existence for over 400 years and is the place to find artisan meats and cheeses, as well as truffles and homemade olive oil.
If you love plant life, you’ll be able to visit the world’s first botanical garden. The Athens Botanical Garden contains over 500 species of plants and colorful flowers. The garden was created in the 4th century by the founder of the science of botany, Artistotle’s student, Theophrastos. Romans are considered the first Westerners to control nature through landscape gardening, and their gardens typically are multiple shades of green and accented with ancient statues, pools and fountains. The Orto Botanico is a secret garden nestled in the Trastevere region of the city. It is the perfect oasis to escape to for a few hours. If you visit during the summer, you’ll want to take time to find a Rome and Greece beach, where you can soak up the atmosphere of the locals and refresh from all the wonders you’ll discover.
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