I would say the most important post to read before you register for uk3 is this one:
http://blog.travian.com/2014/06/anci...ncient-cities/

Where you settle and the benefits you have are very different depending on your chosen location so you might want this to suit your style of play.


A few screenshots from .com Ancient Europe to wet your appetite -

The start -



The minimap (the red ring is populated, spreading outward like on a normal map)



UK of course (odd - no Anglesey, Isle of Wight, Isle of Man - but we got Lundy!) -



Italy -



The Nile (curiously the Suez Canal features in ancient europe...)-



Roma, at coords 0|0



Mt Etna -



Sand dunes on the map (you cannot be placed here from the start) -



Sandy village -



Victory points scoreboard by alliances -