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  • 1. Basilica di San Vitale

    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. Camera di San Paolo

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

  • 3. 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 on...Read More

  • 4. Galleria Nazionale/Teatro Farnese

    The little-visited Galleria Nazionale, containing masterpieces by Correggio, Parmigianino, Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519), El Greco (1541–1614), and Bronzino (1503–72), is housed on the piano nobile...Read More

  • 5. Mausoleo di Galla Placidia

    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:...Read More

  • 6. Palazzo Schifanoia

    The oldest, most characteristic area of Ferrara is south of the Duomo, stretching between the Corso Giovecca and the city's ramparts. Here various members of...Read More

  • 7. Santo Stefano

    University area

    This splendid and unusual basilica contains between four and seven connected churches (authorities differ). A 4th-century temple dedicated to Isis originally occupied this site, but...Read More

  • 8. 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...Read More

  • 9. Basilica di San Petronio

    Piazza Maggiore

    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...Read More

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  • 10. Battistero

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

  • 11. Battistero Neoniano

    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 5th century...Read More

  • 12. Casa Romei

    Built by the wealthy banker Giovanni Romei (1402–83), this vast structure with a graceful courtyard ranks among Ferrara's loveliest Renaissance palaces. Mid-15th-century frescoes adorn rooms...Read More

  • 13. 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 of Ravenna and its environs...Read More

  • 14. 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 website to obtain a...Read More

  • 15. 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 of Santa Eufemia. Ten...Read More

  • 16. Duomo

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

  • 17. Duomo

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

  • 18. Duomo

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

  • 19. Duomo

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

  • 20. Fontana del Nettuno

    Piazza Maggiore

    Sculptor Giambologna's elaborate 1563–66 Baroque fountain and monument to Neptune occupying Piazza Nettuno has been aptly nicknamed "Il Gigante" (The Giant). Its exuberantly sensual mermaids...Read More

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