Historic Sites & Landmarks in Italy

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  • Chiesa del Santo Sepolcro Bologna, Italy 5th, 11th cent.

    Originally built in the 5th century over a Temple of Isis, this octagonal brick structure was patterned after the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. It was modified in the 11th century.

  • Porticoes of Bologna Bologna, Italy 12th-20th cent.

    Designated a World Heritage Site in 2021, the beautiful porticoes of Bologna spread throughout the city and across the centuries.

  • Basilica di Santa Maria sopra Minerva Rome, Italy

    Said to be Rome's only Gothic church, this 13th-century basilica was built over a temple to Minerva. It contains many art treasures and the venerated tomb of St. Catherine of Siena.

  • Ruvo di Puglia Cathedral Ruvo di Puglia, Italy 13th cent.

    This is a small but elegant Romanesque cathedral in Puglia, southern Italy. Its facade features many interesting sculptures and a lovely rose window.

  • Colosseum Rome, Italy 70-80 CE

    Built in 80 CE to host gladiatorial combats and other entertainment, the Colosseum was the largest amphitheatre in the Roman world. Although much damaged and plundered over the centuries, it remains an imposing presence in the heart of Rome.

  • Asinelli Tower Bologna, Italy 1109-19

    The taller of the famous due Torri (two towers) of Bologna, the Asinelli Tower was completed in 1119. Its 498 steps can be climbed for great views of the city.

  • Roman Arena of Verona Verona, Italy c. 20-30 CE

    The third-largest Roman amphitheater in the world after those in Rome and Capua, this ancient arena dominates the town square of Verona and hosts a famous opera festival each summer.

  • Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin Rome, Italy early 8th cent.

    Although best known for the “Mouth of Truth” in its porch, Santa Maria in Cosmedin is one of the most interesting churches in Rome, with an atmosphere of antiquity and some important early medieval art.

  • Pantheon Rome, Italy

    This magnificent ancient temple was built by Emperor Hadrian in 125 and converted into a church in 609. It is the oldest intact ancient building in Rome.

  • Basilica di San Domenico Bologna, Italy 1251
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