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  • 1. Basilica di San Vitale

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The octagonal church of San Vitale was built in AD 547, after the Byzantines conquered the city, and its interior shows a strong Byzantine influence...Read More

  • 2. Battistero Neoniano

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Next door to Ravenna's 18th-century cathedral, the baptistery has one of the town's most important mosaics. It dates from the beginning of the...Read More

  • 3. Camera di San Paolo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This was the reception room for the erudite abbess Giovanna da Piacenza, who hired Correggio in 1519 to provide its decoration: mythological...Read More

  • 4. Castello Estense


    The former seat of Este power, this massive castle dominates the center of town, a suitable symbol for the ruling family: cold and menacing...Read More

  • 5. Galleria Nazionale/Teatro Farnese


    The little-visited Galleria Nazionale, containing masterpieces by Correggio, Parmigianino, Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519), El Greco (1541–1614...Read More

  • 6. Mausoleo di Galla Placidia

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The little tomb and the great church stand side by side, but the tomb predates the Basilica di San Vitale by at least 100 years: these two adjacent...Read More

  • 7. Sant'Apollinare Nuovo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The mosaics displayed in this church date from the early 6th century, making them slightly older than those in San Vitale. Since the left side...Read More

  • 8. Santo Stefano

    University area | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This splendid and unusual basilica contains between four and seven connected churches (authorities differ). A 4th-century temple dedicated to...Read More

  • 9. Tre Castelli


    San Marino's headline attractions are its Tre Castelli—medieval architectural wonders that appear on every coat of arms in the city—and some...Read More

  • 10. Arco d'Augusto


    Rimini's oldest monument is the Arco d'Augusto, now stranded in the middle of a square just inside the city ramparts. It was erected in 27 BC...Read More

  • 11. Basilica di San Petronio

    Piazza Maggiore | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Construction on this vast cathedral began in 1390; and the work, as you can see, still isn't finished more than 600 years later. The wings of...Read More

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  • 12. Battistero

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Baptisms still happen (one Saturday and one Sunday a month) in this baptistery, which has a simple pink-stone Romanesque exterior and an uplifting...Read More

  • 13. Casa Romei


    Built by the wealthy banker Giovanni Romei (1402–83), this vast structure with a graceful courtyard ranks among Ferrara's loveliest Renaissance...Read More

  • 14. Classis Ravenna – Museo della Città e del Territorio


    In Classe, a short distance outside Ravenna, this newest addition (opened 2018) to the area's attractions dazzlingly illustrates the history...Read More

  • 15. Consorzio Produttori Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena


    Connoisseurs of balsamic vinegar can arrange visits to local producers through the Consorzio. It's best to contact the organization via its...Read More

  • 16. Domus dei Tappeti di Pietra


    This archaeological site with lovely mosaics was uncovered in 1993 during digging for an underground parking garage near the 18th-century church...Read More

  • 17. Duomo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The magnificent 12th-century cathedral has two vigilant stone lions standing guard beside the main door; inside is some notable art in styles...Read More

  • 18. Duomo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The magnificent Gothic cathedral, a few steps from the Castello Estense, has a three-tier facade of slender arches and beautiful sculptures...Read More

  • 19. Duomo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Begun by the architect Lanfredo in 1099 and consecrated in 1184, the 12th-century Romanesque cathedral has medieval sculptures depicting scenes...Read More

  • 20. Duomo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Attached like a sinister balcony to the bell tower of Piacenza's 12th-century Duomo is a gabbia (iron cage), where miscreants were incarcerated...Read More

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