churches and basilicas

Sightseeing in Milan: 3 Places to Go Beyond the Duomo

The Duomo is magnificent. But do you know what else to do in Milan? Here are three ideas for first…

3 months ago

Of Bells and Believers in Agnone, Molise

Agnone, a small town in Italy's central Molise region, is known for its medieval bell foundry and traditional religious processions.

4 months ago

Michelangelo in Rome: His Frescoes in the Sistine Chapel and Beyond

Michelangelo Buonarotti is most associated with Rome because of his masterpieces in the Sistine Chapel. But his work is all…

5 months ago

San Biagio: Renaissance Jewel in Montepulciano, Tuscany

The church of San Biagio in Montepulciano, Tuscany, is considered one of prime examples of Renaissance architecture.

6 months ago

Giulianova: A Beachside Gem in Abruzzo

Beaches in Abruzzo don't get much press. They are far from most tourist sites. But that's exactly what makes them…

1 year ago

The Man, the Myth, the Legend: Saint Valentine of Terni

Saint Valentine, a Christian bishop from Terni, Umbria, was martyred in Rome during the 3rd century AD. Learn more about…

2 years ago

For the First Time in More Than 20 Years, the Facade of St. Mark’s Basilica is Scaffold-Free

With so many ancient structures in need of constant upkeep, Italy is no stranger to scaffolding. Venice's St. Mark's Basilica,…

3 years ago

Church of Purgatorio in Terracina

Italy's bigger cities, especially Rome, have plenty of churches to please those with morbid fascinations for skulls, skeletons, and saintly…

4 years ago

The Milano Duomo, Inside and Out

Milan's famed Duomo, also known as Santa Maria Nascente (Saint Mary of the Nativity), is that jagged, Gothic behemoth that…

4 years ago

Will Work For Wine: Luca Signorelli’s Orvieto Duomo Contract and His Intoxicating, Apocalyptic Fresco Cycle

In 1499, Tuscan artist┬áLuca Signorelli signed a contract to paint two remaining sections of the Cappella Nuova (new chapel) of…

4 years ago

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