Italy Sightseeing & Attractions Guide

places to visit and things to do throughout Italy

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Colosseum

Rome

Emperor Vespasian, founder of the Flavian Dynasty, started construction of the Colosseum in AD 72. It was completed in AD 80, the year after Vespasian's death.

Sistine Chapel

Rome

The Sistine Chapel ceiling painted by Michel Angelo is decorated with scenes from Genesis whilst the altar wall is a depiction of the Last Judgement.

St. Peter's Basilica

Rome

Emperor Constantine, the first Christian emperor of Rome, ordered to build a basilica on Vatican Hill. The location was symbolic: this was the place where Saint Peter, the chief apostle, was buried in 64 A.D. A small shrine already existed on the site but it was now replaced by a new building church was completed around 349 A.D.

Forum Romanum

Rome

Today, the forum known as the Forum Romanum can look like a disorderly collection of ruins to the uninitiated, but with some imagination you can see the Roman empire come back to life at this site.

Pantheon

Rome

Built more than 1800 years ago, the magnificent Pantheon building still stands as a reminder of the great Roman empire. The building's dome, more than 43 meters high is most impressive. It was the largest dome in the world until 1436 when the Florence Cathedral was constructed.

Trevi Fountain

Rome

The Trevi fountain is at the ending part of the Aqua Virgo, an aqueduct constructed in 19 BC. It brings water all the way from the Salone Springs (approx 20km from Rome) and supplies the fountains in the historic center of Rome with water.

Abbey of Sassovivo

Foligno

Built by the Benedictine around the year 1000, the Abbey is located 565 metres above sea level and at its peak contained 97 monasteries, 41 churches and seven hospitals. Abbot's walk, a footpath located near the site, runs through an ancient ilex wood, one of the oldest in the region.

Accademia Gallery

Florence

The Gallery is particularly famous for its sculptures by Michelangelo: the Prisoners, the St.Matthew and, especially, the statue of David which was transferred here, to the specially designed tribune, from Piazza della Signoria in 1873.

Acquario di Genova

Genoa

Huge tanks form virtual walls of water among which visitors can wander accompanied by the sound of waves, currents and echoes from the deep. Some tanks reproduce natural environments from the Antarctic, the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, the Amazon and the Indian Ocean.

Anfiteatro Romano

Rimini

Probably erected during the 2nd Century, it was pillaged by the barbarians and damaged further by air raids in World War II. Now there are only a few remains of what used to be one of the largest amphitheatres in Emilia Romagna.

Aquafan

Rimini

The largest water park within Europe offering fun entertainment. The park is constantly renewed and updated. Everything is possible here whether you fancy swimming at night or going to the Walky Cup disco during the day, the choice is yours.

Arch of Augustus

Rimini

A once beautiful arch that was dedicated to Augustus in 29 B.C. to celebrate his victories over Marcus Antonius and Cleopatra in 31 B.C. at Actium.

Arco di Druso

Spoleto

Dating back to the 3rd Centruy, this arch named after Roman general Drusus, son of the emporer Tiberius, once consisted of three archs. Mauled by the ravages of time, only the middle arch remains.

Baptistery of the Orthodox

Ravenna

An octagonal fifth century brick structure. The mosaics in the dome, some of which have been restored, are among the oldest in Ravenna.

Bargello

Florence

There are rooms dedicated to Donatello, Michelangelo, Giambologna and Verrocchio. Michelangelo’s fist major work, Bacchus, the Roman god of wine is housed here, as is David by Donatello, which was the first nude statue by a Western artist since Classical times.

Basilica di San Domenico

Bologna

One of the major churches in Bologna. The remains of Saint Dominic, founder of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), are buried inside the exquisite shrine Arca di San Domenico.

Basilica di San Domenico & Santuario di Sant Caterina

Siena

The Basilica di San Domenico is a medieval/gothic Domenican church and the final resting place of (part of) St Catherine of Siena. Her head and a finger reside here, while her body is in the Basilica di Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome.

Basilica di San Francesco

Assisi

The Basilica consists of two separate churches, both of which were consecrated by Pope Innocent IV in 1253 and built in honour of St. Francis of Assisi, whose coffin is on display

Basilica of San Lorenzo

Florence

Was the parish church of the Meici family and in 1419 Brunelleschi was commissioned to rebuild it in the classical style. Almost a centurey later Michelangelo submitted some plans for the facade and began work on the Medici tombs.

Basilica of Santa Maria di Castello

Genoa

Between the 12th and 16th centuries a complex of churches and convents was built on Castello Hill in Genoa. The center is the Romanesque church of Santa Maria with a Roman frieze in the main doorway.
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