| Amber is an enigmatic object of beauty. Considered both a mineral and a semiprecious stone, amber is actually the product of the secretions of ancient conifers. The resin produced by these trees eventually hardened, sometimes trapping small, living organisms inside.
The ancient amber trade route ran from the Baltic Sea, down the Elbe River, and on to the Danube. From there roads led overland through the Brenner Pass into Italy, the heart of the Roman Empire. Rome was the undisputed center of the amber industry.
An Amber Route improves taxable trade income and increases the people's happiness