La Giordania è un regno del deserto, che attira turisti, commercianti, diplomatici e rifugiati da 2.500 anni. Per chiunque sia interessato alle civiltà antiche e alle terre della Bibbia, Amman è una destinazione imprescindibile. Dopo il caldo e la polvere di Wadi Rum e Petra, troverà sollievo nella rilassata località mediterranea di Aqaba e nei piaceri salati del Mar Morto.
If the only sight worth seeing in Jordan were Petra, it would still be reason enough to put the country near the top of every traveller’s must-see list. But in a week – or even less –you can experience Mediterranean resorts, desert camps, Dead Sea escapes, sacred Biblical sites and the traces of every ancient civilization, major and minor.
There are cities in the Middle East richer in tourism sites than Jordan’s capital, Amman – though the museum at the Amman citadel Jabal al-Qal'a, dominated by the Temple of Hercules, is a time capsule of the great ancient civilisations. Otherwise, Amman is changing fast, with the downtown Abdali complex promising a little piece of Dubai-style swankiness - but you can still get a traditional Middle Eastern feast for just a couple of dinars.
Whether it’s on foot, by day or candlelight, your first sight of Petra, the hidden Nabatean city located 140 miles (around a three-hour drive) from Amman and carved into the mountains of southern Jordan, is not an experience that’s easily forgotten. The desert expanse of Wadi Rum, four hours south of the capital, is the other main draw – whether for adventure sports enthusiasts, hikers (the famous Burdah Arch and Jebel Umm Adaami, the country’s highest mountain, are there to be climbed) or those in search of T.E. Lawrence’s authentic Arabia. But don’t forget the Dana Reserve Biosphere and its archaeological treasures – from ancient copper mines and Byzantine churches to Neolithic villages and a Roman aqueduct.
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