Landmarks in Italy
A trip to Italy would be incomplete without checking out some of the country’s most famous landmarks. Italy is known for its endless sightseeing and there is something here to enjoy no matter what your interests.
If your trip to Italy brings you here to explore the roots of Catholicism and religion, then there are many landmarks that are must to see and check off of your list.
- The Florence Cathedral, formerly known as the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, is a beautiful and ornate gothic structure. Its construction started in 1296 and didn’t finish until 1436, taking nearly 150 years to complete.
- The Milan Cathedral, home of the archbishop of Milan, took nearly 600 years to complete, and it’s easy to see why, when you look at the amount of detail that went into its construction. It is the largest church in Italy and the fourth largest church in the entire world.
- Saint Mark’s Basilica is the home of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice and is located in Northern Italy. It is a highly detailed and ornate structure and is also sometimes referred to as the church of gold, as gold accents and mosaics decorate its facade.
- Siena Cathedral, located in Siena Italy, was completed in the mid-11th century, however work on the cathedral (like the addition of its beautiful mosaic, marble floor) continued for years after. This medieval cathedral was an architectural wonder for its day and a trip to Italy would be incomplete without a visit here.
If, while on your trip of Italy, you plan to take in some ancient Roman history, there are a few landmarks that are guaranteed to satisfy your curiosity and expand your knowledge.
- The Roman Forum is located in the city center of Rome and was the marketplace and meeting center for the ancient Roman people. Each year over 4.5 million tourists visit this site and if you’re looking to learn more on ancient Roman history, then you should count yourself as one of them.
- Still in use today, this 1st century amphitheater is one of the most well preserved ancient sites. The Arena di Verona was once able to hold up to 30,000 people. This magnificent structure was a central hub for performances and sporting events. If you would like to get a taste of what life and entertainment may have been like thousands of years ago, you can still take in an Opera at this amazing venue.
- One of the most well-known and famous sites in Italy is the Colosseum Rome. It is the largest Amphitheatre ever built and still stands strong in the city center of Rome. Its main purpose was to hold violent gladiator games where men and animals would fight to their death for the entertainment of spectators. Tours of this historic site run most days of the week and can give you a look into the life and interests of the people of ancient Rome.
- Pompeii Italy is another location that is filled with history and tragedy and is a must-see for all of those interested in the people and times of ancient Rome. This ancient city was buried under meters of volcanic ash after an eruption from Mt. Vesuvius. The layers of ash preserved this city, frozen at the time of the eruption and the Pompeii ruins offer a rare and unique view into the daily life of ancient Roman culture.
- The leaning tower of Pisa was built in the 12th century as the bell tower for the Pisa cathedral. Unfortunately, due to poor planning and a poorly built foundation, this building began to tilt, not long after construction began. It has remained standing ever since and is a popular destinations for tourists.
Do you plan on doing some great sightseeing on your trip and taking in some of the marvels and amazing views that Italy has to offer? If so, then make sure to add the following locations to your itinerary.
- The Grand Canal Venice is the main waterway that runs through the city of Venice. The Canal Grande is almost 4 kilometres long and offers beautiful views of the city and the gondolas and water taxis that travel through it.
- The Ponte Vecchio is located in Florence Italy and is a beautiful medieval bridge that spans across the Arno River. Small shops line its sides and if offers wonderful views of the city and the river that runs through it.
Perhaps your trip to Italy has brought you here to indulge in some shopping. If so then there is one place that you must visit to satiate all of your shopping desires. The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is located in Milan and is a major indoor shopping centre. It was built in the mid-19th century and is now home to shops from some of the hottest brand names and designers in the world.
No matter what you are interested in seeing or doing, there is something here, in Italy, to please everyone. With plenty of interesting sights to see and landmarks to visit, there is something for every taste and every type of traveler.
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