27 Notable Architectures in Italy that you should visit - With photos & details

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27 Notable Architectures to explore in Italy

Located in Southern Europe consisting of a peninsula delimited by the Alps and surrounded by several islands.

Arch of AugustusPiazza Arco D'Augusto, 11100 Aosta AO, Italy

The Arch of Augustus of Rimini is the oldest existing Roman arch. Built-in 28 BC, it was dedicated by the Roman Senate to the emperor Augustus. It marked the end of the Via Flaminia that connected the Romagna city to the capital of the empire, then merging into today's Corso d'Augusto, the decumano massimo, which led to the entrance to another road, the Via Emilia.

Arch of AugustusCorso d'Augusto, 47923 Rimini RN, Italy

It was erected in Rimini, Italy. This is a triumphal arch built in honor of Rome’s first emperor, Augustus, by the Roman Senate. This triumphal arch was built in 27 B.C.E. This is the oldest standing arch in Rome. The arch has one barrel-vaulted entryway. It signaled the end of the via Flaminia, which connected the cities of Romagna to Rome, and spans the modern Corso d'Augusto, which led to the beginning of another road, the via Emilia, which ran northwest to Piacenza.

Arco della PacePiazza Sempione, 20154 Milano MI, Italy

“Arch of Peace”, is a triumphant arch located at Porta Sempione, one of Milan's many city gates. This 25m-high triumphal arch was situated at the northwestern edge of Parco Sempione. On the top of the Arch stands a statuary group in bronze depicting the “Chariot of Peace” flanked by the four “Victorias on Horseback”, while the facade shows the embodiments of the rivers Po, Ticino, Adda and Tagliamento.

Carafa CastlePiazza Campo, 88832 Santa Severina KR, Italy

The Norman castle of Santa Severina also called Carafa or of Roberto il Guiscardo, the Norman king who ordered its construction in the eleventh century is a castle in the town of Santa Severina.  The structure covers approximately 10,000 m² and overlooks the wide valley of the Neto river and the hills of the Marquisate of Crotone, near Crotone. It is composed of a square keep and four cylindrical towers that are located on the sides of the castle; it is also flanked by four protruding bastions a

Castello del MalconsiglioPiazza Castello, 75010 Miglionico MT, Italy

The Malconsiglio castle is the castle of Miglionico ( Matera ), built on a hill in the city starting from the VIII - IX century , in a strategic position, known for having hosted the conspiracy of the barons in 1485 . It had two successive extensions, the first in 1110 and the second in 1400 . It has the shape of a parallelogram , flanked by seven towers , some squares (the oldest), two towers and others circular, placed at the top of the building.

Castle of AglièPiazza Castello, 2, 10011 Agliè TO, Italy

The castle of Agliè is one of the Residences of the royal house of Savoy declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997. 1 It has the code 823-019 and is located in Piazza Castello, 2 in Agliè. This ducal castle of Agliè is an elegant and imposing construction. The construction of the central nucleus, of which the traces are still identifiable today, began in the 12th century on behalf of the San Martino family, originally from Canavese.

Castle of Grinzane CavourChiusi dal 7 Gennaio al 7 Febbraio 2020, Via Castello, 5, 12060 Grinzane Cavour CN, Italy

The castle in Grinzane Cavour is one of the best examples of the medieval architecture in the Langhe. Its present shape is the result of a complete restoring made in 1961, that has reshaped it in its original features after the many reworkings. dramatic hilltop perch and imposing watchtowers make this 13th-century fortress one of the most remarkable sights in the UNESCO-listed Le Langhe-Roero countryside.

Castle Sarriod de La TourSS26, Via del Piccolo S. Bernardo, 20, 11020 Saint-Pierre AO, Italy

The Sarriod de La Tour castle is a medieval Aosta Valley manor located in the municipality of Saint-Pierre, in the flat area planted with orchards that run along the Dora Baltea and the SS26, on the opposite side of the village from the more famous castle of Saint-Pierre.  Looking at it from the top of the Saint-Pierre castle, the Sarriod de La Tour castle appears as an irregular set of buildings surrounded by walls, located in a flat area a little outside the town and close to the Dora Baltea.

Duomo di MilanoPiazza del Duomo, 20122 Milano MI, Italy

The cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete. It is the largest church in Italy, the third-largest in Europe and the fifth-largest in the world. The roof is open to tourists for a fee, which allows many a close-up view of some spectacular sculpture that would otherwise be unappreciated.

Duomo di ModenaCorso Duomo, 41121 Modena MO, Italy

The metropolitan cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Cielo and San Geminiano is the main place of worship in the city of Modena, mother church of the archdiocese of Modena-Nonantola.  A masterpiece of the Romanesque style, the cathedral was built by the architect Lanfranco on the site of the sepulcher of San Geminiano, patron saint of Modena, where two churches had already been erected since the 5th century.

Fenis CastleFrazione, Località Chez Sapin, 1, 11020 Fénis AO, Italy

The castle of Fénis, located in the homonymous municipality, is one of the most famous medieval manors in the Aosta Valley. Known for its scenographic architecture, with the double crenelated walls that enclose the central building and the numerous towers, the castle is one of the major tourist attractions of the Valley and one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Italy.

Issogne CastleCastello di, 11020 La Place AO, Italy

The Sundial House is one of the most famous castles in the Valle d'Aosta. It is located in the capital of Issogne, on the hydrographic right of the Dora Baltea, and appears as a Renaissance stately home, creating a sort of contrast with the austere castle of Verrès which is almost opposite the opposite side of the river.  Famous are its inner courtyard, with the fountain of the pomegranate and the colorful arcades, a rare example of Alpine painting medieval.

Leaning Tower of PisaPiazza del Duomo, 56126 Pisa PI, Italy

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most remarkable architectural structures from medieval Europe. It is one of the four buildings that make up the cathedral complex in Pisa, Italy, called Campo dei Miracoli or Piazza dei Miracoli, which means Field of Miracles. The height of the tower is 55.86 meters from the ground on the low side and 56.67 meters on the high side. It was one of the notable architectural wonders in this area and it attracts a lot of tourists here.

Mausoleo di Galla PlacidiaVia San Vitale, 17, 48121 Ravenna RA, Italy

The mausoleum of Galla Placidia dates back to the first half of the fifth century, approximately after 425 AD, and is located in Ravenna, not far from the basilica of San Vitale.  Its functional identification with a funeral building and that of its client, the Empress Galla Placidia, are widespread in the academic environment, but neither is certain: the building may have been a simple chapel pertaining to the church of Santa Croce, to which it was connected with a narthex which was later destr

Melfi CastleVia Normanni, 85025 Melfi PZ, Italy

The castle of Melfi is a monument of Basilicata owned by the Italian state, among the most important medieval castles in Italy. Its foundation, at least from the elements still visible, dates back to the Norman period and has undergone some changes over time, especially in the Angevin and Aragonese periods. The castle of Melfi is a monument of Basilicata owned by the Italian state, one of the most important castles medieval buildings of Italy.

Oratory of San Pellegrino67020 Bominaco, Caporciano AQ, Italy

Oratory of San Pellegrino is located in Bominaco, a hamlet not far from Caporciano, in the province of L’Aquila. It was probably commissioned by Abbott Teodino in 1263 – as attested by the inscription on the back wall of the structure – and was dedicated to martyr Saint Peregrine.  This Romanesque-style building actually has inner walls covered in wonderful frescoes, considered amongst the most representative of Medieval Gothic style, at par with the ones in the nearby church of Santa Maria ad C

Palatine TowersPiazza Cesare Augusto, 10122 Torino TO, Italy

The Palatine Towers is an ancient Roman-medieval structure in Turin, Italy. The structure served as one of four Roman city gates, which allowed access from north to the cards Maximus, the typical second main street of a Roman town. They are located near the Duomo di Torino and Palazzo Reale. It represents the primary archaeological evidence of the city's Roman phase and is one of the best-preserved 1st-century BC Roman gateways in the world.

Palazzo CarignanoVia Accademia delle Scienze, 5, 10123 Torino TO, Italy

Palazzo Carignano, full name Palazzo Dei Principi di Carignano, is a historic building in the city center of Turin, a fine example of Piedmontese Baroque architecture.  Together with Palazzo Reale and Palazzo Madama, it is part of the most important historical buildings of the city and, like these, it is part of the UNESCO Residenze Savoy serial site. It was the historic seat of the Subalpine Parliament and of the first Parliament of the Kingdom of Italy.

Palazzo VecchioPiazza della Signoria, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

The Palazzo Vecchio is the main symbol of the civil power for the city of Florence, whose original project is attributed to Arnolfo di Cambio. Construction on the solid fortress began in 1299 above the ruins of the destroyed Uberti Ghibelline towers, the testimony of the final victory of the Guelph faction. From 1865 to 1871 it housed the Chamber of Deputies of the Kingdom of Italy, and since 1872 it has been the town hall.

Pitti PalacePiazza de' Pitti, 1, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy

Palazzo Pitti is an imposing Renaissance palace in Florence. It is located in the Oltrarno area, a short distance from Ponte Vecchio. The original core of the building dates back to 1458, as the urban residence of the banker Luca Pitti. The palace was then purchased by the Medici family in 1549 and became the main residence of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany, first Medici and from 1737 Habsburg-Lorraine.