Europe’s remarkable ruins
Exploring Europe offers a rich experience of culture and history and every country you visit has its own story to tell. One of the most effective ways to discover a place’s history is to experience its ancient ruins. Europe is full of well-preserved historic sites that can be toured by visitors. If you’d like to see some of this continent’s most impressive ruins, then here are some to consider.
1. Pompeii, Italy
Famous for Mount Vesuvius’ devastating eruption that devoured the city in volcanic ash, Pompeii is visited by thousands every year. Once a bustling Roman city, you’ll get a real glimpse into Roman life. Insightful tour guides are available, but you can also guide yourself if you want to take it all in at your own pace. There are information and maps available and you can easily spend a whole day, even two, if you want to see absolutely everything.
2. The Parthenon, Greece
Like the Colosseum in Rome, the ruins of ancient Athens lie in the very heart of the city. The Parthenon sits atop the Acropolis and is the city’s most visible ruin. Standing tall and proud, The Parthenon was built as a temple and remains an important symbol in the modern-day city. Surrounded by many other historic sites, history buffs should definitely consider a trip to Greece.
3. Diocletian’s Palace, Croatia
This incredible ancient palace was built for the Roman Emperor Diocletian, at the turn of the fourth century. Located in the beautiful town of Split, this is a sure reason to visit Croatia. The fortress is a popular tourist attraction and forms around half of the old town, meaning there’s plenty to see. Split is also a fabulous location with hot summers and sparkling blue seas. A holiday destination for sun seekers and sightseers alike.
You may be visiting ruins, but ensure that your holiday itself isn’t ruined by unexpected accidents or illnesses. A European Health Insurance Card is your ideal travel companion because it offers free or reduced fees when it comes to medical care in Europe. Renew or apply for your EHIC today.