Much remains of the Romans in Europe
I’m on the road in southern Europe heading slowly north so I thought I would try and visit some of the best of the many Roman sites a traveller can experience.
I was starting off from Faro on the Algarve, Portugal, so the first stop was just 10 kilometres up the N2 at the lovely village of Estoi. Here, at the Milreu site, are the lovingly preserved remains of a Roman community which once thrived there in the second and third centuries AD.
There is a lot of excavated stonework to show how the Romans harnessed water to enjoy cold and hot baths and how they created courtyards and gardens, fountains and places of worship and burial.
But the highlight of the site is a 19th century country house which was built upon the foundations of a Roman villa many centuries later.
Inside the house, at subsoil level, the remains of a winery with a tank and grape-press and other original Roman rooms excavated by archaeologists are on display.
It’s been a gorgeous day for travelling and the landscape has been beautiful, vibrant green with bright blue skies.