Plovdiv, in Bulgaria, is one of Europe’s oldest continuously inhabited cities and the old part of the city is a maze of cobblestone streets, charming historic houses, restaurants and museums – all largely only navigable on foot.
The city has been a Neolithic settlement, a focal point of Thracian civilisation, a Roman economic centre and part of the Ottoman Empire – but obviously, not all at once. Aware of their rich cultural heritage, even the Plovdivians were surprised one day in the 1970’s when a mudslide uncovered these Roman ruins and ampitheatre dating from A.D. 98. It is now regularly in use and is generally open to the public – but not on the day I was there as they were setting up for a show.[mc4wp_form id="16750"]