Florence in the Roman Period
The city of Florence is known today mainly for the enormous historical and artistic heritage of the Renaissance, so few people realize that the city has ancient origins. It is during the Roman Empire that its long and prosperous history begins. In the first century B.C., at the behest of Julius Caesar, the city of Florentia (ancient Florence) was founded in a strategic and fertile area. From that moment on, the city began to grow and expand until it reached its present size.
There are still many traces of Roman Florence hidden within the modern circuit. One of the best can be seen just below one of the most famous monuments in the world: Palazzo Vecchio. Just below the foundations of this building you can still see some parts of the Roman theatre. And not only that! Walking through the city, some Roman remains are hidden in the modern walls. The urban layout of some streets follows the layout of ancient walls, such as those belonging to the Roman amphitheater.
We have prepared a special “treasure hunt” for children (but also for adults)! Designed to reveal the unknown side of Florence, through hidden clues, hidden paths in the streets of the city, puzzles to be revealed and a real “treasure” hidden within the bowels of the city. It's a fun and alternative way to learn about Florence’s Roman period.
How will the visit be structured?
Each child will receive their own notebook, map and compass. We will walk through the city (about 1.5 km of walking), stopping at pre-arranged stations where each child will get to solve clues through riddles, group activities or looking for hidden objects. We have organized original and thematic games, designed for learning the Roman history of Florence. Each activity can be complemented with an in-depth study in the classroom, to be done after the “treasure hunt”. For this reason, each student will get to bring their own notebook home.
We recommend the presence of at least one adult (teacher or parent) per 10 pupils, so that we can coordinate the activities in the best way with the archaeological guide who will accompany the class.
For any further information please do not hesitate to contact us! We will be happy to answer all of your questions.