Where in the empire have I been?

At the height of its power, the ancient Roman empire stretched for an area of nearly five million square kilometres all around the Mediterranean sea and in the UK. The common thread that connected all these diverse places was Roman imperial rule.

The first ancient Roman monument I visited were the Roman baths at Bath, UK where I was a graduate student. Called Aquae Sulis, the site still hosts thermal baths (though not in the exact location of the Roman bath). This exposure to the Roman baths was probably what instilled my interest and love for ancient Roman history. December 2006 marked my first visit to Italy and Rome and you could say that I have been captivated since then.

Over the last decade I have managed to travel to a fair number of ancient Roman sites across the lands bordering the Mediterranean. I thought it might be interesting to share them with you both as a list and visually.

I have not listed some cities like Vienna (Vindobona) that I have visited but before I got interested in Roman history so did not visit the Roman monuments.

Have you been to any of these locations? Or would you like some tips or advice about travelling to these locations? Let me know


Aquae Sulis, Bath, Somerset, UK

View of the Palatine Hill - Dec 2006, Rome
View of the Palatine Hill – Dec 2006, Rome


Lugdunum, Lyon, France
Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium, Cologne, Germany
Roma, Rome, Italy

Roman Amphitheatre at Nimes
Roman Amphitheatre at Nimes

Aquae Sextiae, Aix-en-Provence, France
Arausio, Orange, France
Arelate, Arles, France
Nemausus, Nimes, France
Glanum, France

Wall Painting with Peacock and Mask- Oplontis
Wall Painting with Peacock and Mask- Oplontis

Pompeii, Italy
Herculaneum, Italy
Villa Oplontis, Italy
Naples Archaeological museum, Italy
Villa Adriana, Tivoli, Italy
Via Appia Antica, Italy
Ostia Antica, Italy

Map of Lutetia
Reconstructed model of Roman Paris- Lutetia

Lutetia, Paris, France

The Theatre at Hierapolis
The Theatre at Hierapolis

Ephesus, Turkey
Hierapolis, Turkey
Constantinople, Istanbul, Turkey
Philadelphia, Amman, Jordan
Gadara, Umm-Qais, Jordan
Gerasa, Jerash, Jordan
Petra, Jordan

View of the Capitol Building at Dougga
View of the Capitol Building at Dougga

Aquincum, Budapest, Hungary
Carthago, Carthage, Tunisia
Uthina, Oudhna, Tunisia
Thugga, Dougga, Tunisia
Zica, Zaghouane, Tunisia
Thysdrus, El Djem, Tunisia

Baia, Italy
Cuma, Italy
Pozzuoli, Italy
Tarraco, Tarragona, Spain
Barcin, Barcelona, Spain




7 Comments Add yours

  1. Lav says:

    Wow, that’s pretty cool.
    I always love the pictures. At a minimum it’s awe about the roman engineering skills. And the sites! They are all still so wonderful. I cannot imagine how they would have been in full tehnicolor glory!

  2. Nirmala says:

    Awesome list! Wishing you more trips in future!

  3. marilyneb says:

    I love the idea of mapping your Roman Empire travels!! If you’ve been to Bath, then you should definitely explore London’s Roman sites. In Italy, I loved Turin, Milan and Ravenna as well as Rome of course.

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      I’ve been to London a few times but have not seen the Roman sites so far. I’ll hopefully be visiting Ravenna this weekend *fingers crossed*

      1. marilyneb says:

        Ravenna is magical – enjoy!

  4. Wow!! Great post. I love the pictures. So glad so much has survived all these millennia!

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