This world-famous chapel painted by Michelangelo is still used for papal elections.
St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican City, Vatican City
St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City is the world headquarters of Roman Catholicism and one of the largest churches in the world. Founded by Constantine the Great in 324, it stands over the tomb of Saint Peter the Apostle.
The lovely Duomo di Spoleto dates from the 12th century. It features a fine Romanesque facade, magnificent frescoes by Fra Filippo Lippi and others, and a handwritten letter from St. Francis of Assisi.
Santa Maria delle Grazie
The former Dominican monastery church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan is home to Leonardo da Vinci's *Last Supper*, one of the most famous paintings in the world.
Santa Maria dei Miracoli
A barrel-shaped church covered in marble, Santa Maria dei Miracoli is a fine example of Venetian Renaissance architecture and a favorite among Venetians for weddings. Inside, the coffered ceiling glistens with golden miniatures of prophets.
Church of St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs
This interesting basilica incorporates the remains of the extensive Baths of Diocletian. Inside are works of medieval and modern art and an astronomical gnomon.
Capela dos Ossos (Bone Chapel)
Part of a Franciscan church, the remarkable Chapel of Bones was lined with human bones and skulls in the 16th century as a reminder of immortality.
Chiesa del Gesù
This grand Renaissance church is the headquarters of the Jesuits and has served as the model for Jesuit churches everywhere. It contains famous ceiling frescoes and the tomb of St. Ignatius, the order's founder.
Trinità dei Monti
This twin-towered Renaissance church in Rome is best known for its iconic position atop the Spanish Steps.
The oldest of four bridges spanning the Grand Canal in Venice, the Rialto Bridge was completed in 1592 to a design by Antonio da Ponte.
This magnificent cathedral is notable for its revolutionary dome designed by Brunelleschi (1436), its tall campanile by Giotto, fine marble exterior and splendid baptistery. Inside, the Duomo is a veritable museum of Renaissance art.
The Vatican Museums are among the best in the world, with treasures including classical sculptures, early Christian artifacts, Egyptian mummies and Renaissance masterpieces.