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Italy is a boot – shaped
country and forms a
peninsula into the
Mediterranean Sea.
Ancient Rome was a city
surrounded by seven hills,
located along the Tiber
River in central Italy. The
Tiber River provided a
waterway to the
Mediterranean Sea.
The northwest and central sections of Italy are rough and mountainous.
The southern part is more level and fertile and was used for
The eastern
coastline of Italy has
few good harbors.
Most of the harbors
used by ancient
Romans to trade
goods with other
parts of the Roman
Empire lay on the
western coast of the
Italy’s mild climate was
attractive to ancient settlers.
Temperatures rarely dip
below 60° F (15°C) or above
85° F (29°C). Rainfall amounts
to about thirty inches (76cm)
per year.
Distribution of tectonic plate boundaries, active volcanoes and
volcanic provinces in the Mediterranean and Black Sea region.