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Wonders of Italy

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Italy is one of the most popular destinations in the world due to its unsurpassed cultural heritage – this country has got some of the finest monuments of architecture and art in the world.

Italy is divided in 20 regions.

Regions of Italy

  • Abruzzo
  • Aosta Valley
  • Apulia
  • Basilicata
  • Calabria
  • Campania
  • Emilia-Romagna
  • Friuli-Venezia Giulia
  • Lazio (includes Rome)
  • Liguria
  • Lombardy
  • Marche
  • Molise
  • Piedmont
  • Sardinia
  • Sicily
  • Trentino-Alto Adige
  • Tuscany
  • Umbria
  • Veneto

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WorldViolet Top 25 wonders of Italy

Archaeological (ancient) wonders


Lazio (includes Rome)

The largest Roman amphitheater ever built, 70 – 80 AD.

Colosseum, interior


The best-preserved ancient Roman town. It was eliminated by volcanic pyroclastic flows in 79 AD. The town has been excavated and now represents an amazing display of Roman life.

Roman Forum

Lazio (includes Rome)

The ancient center of Roman civilization with ruins of numerous important buildings.

Roman Forum, Italy
Aurelian walls

Lazio (includes Rome)

Up to 16 meters high walls stretching for 16 kilometers around Rome, constructed in 271 – 275 AD. Some of the most impressive city walls in the world.

Aurelian walls - ancient fortifications in Rome, Italy

Architecture wonders



One of the most unusual and most beautiful cities on Earth, containing an unbelievable amount of art and architecture values. Venice was built on 118 small, closely located islands and has been the capital of a powerful state in the 7th – 18th century.

Santa Maria della Salute in the skyline of Venice
Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (Florence Cathedral)


One of the most impressive churches in the world, the largest building in medieval Europe. Constructed in 1296 – 1469. Designed mostly in Gothic style, but considered to be one of the first Renaissance buildings.

Florence Cathedral in the night, Italy
Saint Mark’s Basilica


A building of unusual beauty and splendor, it is one of the most important Byzantine architectural monuments in the world, constructed in 1094.

Saint Mark's Basilica, Italy
Milan Cathedral


One of the most impressive Gothic buildings in the world, constructed in 1386 – 1965.

Milan Cathedral, Italy
Leaning Tower of Pisa


An impressive monument of European medieval Romanesque architecture, construction started in 1173-1372. Due to weak ground, it started to tilt and the significant tilting has made this structure famous worldwide.

Centre of Florence


One of the most important centers in history for the development of art with numerous unique and beautiful monuments. This birthplace of the Renaissance contains such monuments of world importance as Florence Cathedral, Campanile and Baptistery, Ponte Vecchio, and many others.

Centre of Florence
San Gimignano


Unique walled medieval city. 14 medieval defensive towers still rise above the old city.

Siena Cathedral of Santa Maria


A beautiful building that unites Romanesque and Gothic styles, constructed in 1215 – 1263.

Siena Cathedral, Italy


Beautiful medieval town in imprssive natural setting – steep coast.

Doge’s Palace


Main power seat of a once powerful state, an unusual building that was constructed in 1309-1424.

Historic centre of Rome

Lazio (includes Rome)

According to legend, Rome was founded in 753 BC and, possibly, has been the most important city in the history of Western civilization. Rome was the center of the Roman Republic and Empire and since the 4th century is the capital of the Christian world. Here is an immense number of architecture and art values, In Rome have arisen numerous global styles in architecture and art.

Pisa Cathedral


An impressive monument of European medieval Romanesque architecture, the cathedral was started in 1063 and rebuilt several times. Next to it, the baptistry was started around 1153 and the construction of the famous leaning bell tower was started in 1173-1372.

Pisa Cathedral. Italy
Cinque Terre towns – Corniglia, Manarola, Monterosso al Mare, Riomaggiore and Vernazza


These five towns are built on steep, rugged cliffs over the Mediterranean. Towns do not have streets – only pedestrian passages, but are densely covered with colourful buildings.



A picturesque town with numerous trulli – houses built in unusual technique, without mortar.



Planned, beautiful Baroque town from the 18th century.

Balconies of Palazzo Villadorata in Noto, Sicily
Assisi Basilica (Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi)


Christian pilgrimage site of global importance, built in 1228 – 1253.

Orvieto Cathedral


Splendid and unusual building, constructed in 1290 – 1591.

Orvieto Cathedral, Italy
Pisa Baptistery


Beautiful structure in Romanesque style, construction started in 1153.

Piazza dei Miracoli, Pisa
Farfa Abbey

Lazio (includes Rome)

Benedictine abbey, built around 370 – 380 AD and later destroyed. Activity restarted around 681 AD. It has huge importance in the history of Italy, as well as numerous architectural and artistic points of interest.

Palace of Caserta


The largest building built in Europe in the 18th century, built in 1752-1780.

Santa Maria della Salute, Venice


The last and most beautiful “plague church” in Venice. One of the most outstanding Baroque structures, built in 1631-1687.

Santa Maria della Salute, Venice

WorldYellow Recommended books

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Italy

From touching the stones of the Colosseum in Rome to gazing up at Michelangelo’s David in Florence to savoring a gelato along the canals of Venice, experience the rich cultural treasures this beautiful country has to offer.

Rick Steves Italy 2019

From the Mediterranean to the Alps, from fine art to fine pasta: with Rick Steves on your side, Italy can be yours!

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