Travel Italy

Travel Italy – Italy’s Must See Art And Architecture

Every year millions of visitors trek through Italy in search of ancient culture, great food, art, architecture, and more. The allure is immediate even to those who have never been.

There is more art and architecture to see in Italy than one person could possibly experience in a lifetime. Rome, Florence, and Venice alone offer an unending array of design excursions. Highlighted here are some of the must see designs of both ancient and modern Italy. Talk a trip, bring a sketch book, and see the gorgeous art and design that is synonymous with Italian life.

The Coliseum – An architectural marvel, the coliseum was built beginning in 72 A.M. Originally used as a source of entertainment (usually forced barbaric combat) the Coliseum is still an amazing site. Strangely, although it could be considered a source of embarrassment of the past, it has been come to known as one of the ultimate icons of ancient Roman greatness.

Location: the Piazza del Colosseo, Via dei Fori Imperiali, Rome

Vatican City – This tiny country is perhaps one of the most remarkable aspects of Rome. Vatican City is the heart of Catholicism, both spiritually and politically. St. Peter himself was crucified on this spot, and St. Peter’s basilica was built directly above the ancient hill. Both the Basilica and St. Peter’s square are still studied today in architecture and art history classes. You can wander the Vatican Museums for days, including a visit to the Sistine Chapel, to see some of the true masterpieces of Roman art.

Location: Entry through Saint Peter’s Square, Rome

Il Duomo (The Cathedral of Santa Maria Dei Fiori) – Il Duomo is considered by many to be the grandest achievement in Renaissance architecture. The octagonal dome, originally designed by Brunelleschi was the largest in the world when built. Since then, Il Duomo , which took nearly six centuries to complete, has become Florence’s symbol. Climb the 414 steps of the bell tower, and Renaissance Florence will be laid before you.

Location: Piazza del Duomo, Florence.

Piazza San Marco – Piazza San Marco is still studied today by architects and urban planners as one of the most beautiful and successful public squares. The square is surrounded by cafes, shops, and of course the Campanile and St. Peter’s Basilica. Visitors and locals alike sip espresso in its cafes, meet to talk, and climb the Campanile to see an amazing view of Venice.

Location: Piazza San Marco, with the Basilica at the wider end, Venice.

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection – In a city world reknown for its ancient art and architecture, the Guggenheim Collection houses one of the greatest collections of modern art. her collection includes works by Pollack, Picasso, Klee, Rothko, Chagall, Mondrian, and more. There is also a gorgeous sculpture garden housing even more works.

Location: Calle Venice dei Leoni, Dorsoduro, Venice.

The Brion Vega Cemetery – The Brion Vega is considered one of Carlo Scarpa’s masterpieces. Scarpa was and still is often considered the premier modern Italian architect. The memorial is a great concrete and landscaped form if rectilinear, stepping, and sculptural concrete elements. It is an amazing pilgrimage for the architecture buff.

Location: San Vito d’Altivole.

You can wander Italy for ages and never take in all of the art and architecture. Still, the sites listed above are some of the must sees for lovers of art, architecture, and travel. Open your eyes and see the Italian design that has been around for centuries, and that which continues to flourish today.

About the author: Michelle is a travel, art, and architecture buff who has recently moved to Seattle after living in Honolulu, Chicago, Gloucester Massachusetts, and Delft Netherlands. In between studying and working in design, she dreams travel and works to help others compare and select vacation options via the website


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One Response to Travel Italy

  1. monorailgold says:


    With only ten days I would limit travel to 2 or 3 cities. You can easily do Rome, Florence and then Venice. If you are flying into and out of Rome you can spend the first 3 days in Rome, take a morning train to Florence, spend two days there, take the train to Venice and spend 2 or 3 days there, then come back to Rome. You can purchase tickets at the train station a day or two before you wish to travel. With the large number of trains going to these cities each day, you should have no trouble finding a seat. You can check the trenitalia website for timetables and fees. I looked and from Rome to Florence is 33 euros, from Florence to Venice is 30 euros and from Venice to Rome is 51 euros.

    I always suggest travelling as little as possible while in Italy. With 10 days, going to all the cities you mentioned, you would spend most of your time on the train. Three cities in 10 days is a lot but do-able. I prefer two cities in that short amount of time, but you can do the third city and still have a great time. You can check out the price of a 3 day train pass, but I don’t think you would need more time than that.

    As for train travel tips, try to take only a small suitcase so you can tuck it in behind your seat. Never leave your bags unattended. Make sure to validate your ticket before you get on the train. The boxes (yellow or orange) are at the front end of the platform. You must pass it to get on the train. The trains leave on time, so don’t be late. When you buy your ticket, it won’t tell you where your train is. You must look at the departure boards for the departure time and destination, then it will tell you which track your train is on.

    Hope this helps, Donna

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