A part of my conclusion about my trip to Greece and Italy is that Italy is better then Greece because the sites are not simply a bunch of rocks on top of each other. We visited many ruins in Greece and few in Italy. For instance, Corinth was neat to see but we had already seen quite a few standing and fallen pillars with traces of small buildings. On other hand, seeing St. Peters Cathedral, rocked my socks off!
I have wondered as to the value of protecting ruins. I understand that they bring in economic value to the surrounding community and country, but why take careful care of such uninteresting stuff? Who cares about a half broken arch sitting in a pile of rubble surrounded by grass?
Yet, it is impressive to be able to stand in Delphi and imagine all the statues, artwork and buildings there. The temple there would have been pretty sweet and because I was able to see the ruins, I now better appreciate the incredible ingenuity and complexity of the ancient Greeks. A lot of appreciation of ruins (which are just a pile of rubble) is acquired by being able to imagine what they used to be. One's mind is broadened and deepened by this experience.
So my mind is broader and deeper because I saw a pile of rocks and so you should see them to!