Agriculture was incredibly important to the Roman economy and, as such, the Romans exported crops to other countries, such as grapes, oil and grain. Derived from these original crops, products like wine and olive oil became prime exports for Italy.
Despite the wealth of the Roman Empire, the economy centered on agriculture to ensure the soldiers and citizens were provided for. The luxury items that the empire enjoyed were largely as a result of trading with other countries.
Imports included silver and wool from Britain, which were used for jewelry, coins and clothing; silk from the Far East; cotton from Egypt; dyes and spices from parts of the Empire in the southeast and wild animals for entertainment from Africa.