Italy ar­chi­tec­tural heaven

The coun­try has many his­tor­i­cal es­tab­lish­ments prov­ing its lead­er­ship dur­ing clas­si­cal pe­riod as well as re­nais­sance time.

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Ital­ian ar­chi­tec­ture stand­ing on such a great his­tory which is the home of both the Ro­man Em­pire’s Clas­si­cal pe­riod as well as the Ital­ian Re­nais­sance. Ital­ian in­flu­ences can be seen across a lot of coun­tries even the United States. If you’re look­ing for a for­eign coun­try to ex­pe­ri­ence, Italy will make your mem­o­ries filled with un­matched ar­chi­tec­ture.

Italy’s ar­chi­tec­tural her­itage doesn’t be­gin with the Ro­mans. It started with the lo­cal res­i­dents of Italy and the Greek set­tlers mi­grat­ing there. This era started with a boom but ended within cen­turies. Bor­row­ing ideas from Greece, the Ro­mans created their own ar­chi­tec­tural style. The 11th and 12th cen­turies brought a re­born interest in the ar­chi­tec­ture of Rome. It was Italy’s Ro­manesque style of rounded arches and carved por­tals which be­came the trend­ing fash­ion for churches and im­por­tant build­ings through­out Europe and then the United States as well.

The Ital­ian Re­nais­sance, or reawak­en­ing, be­gan in the 14th cen­tury, the suc­ceed­ing cen­turies brought a creative flour­ish­ing in art and ar­chi­tec­ture from Rome and Greece. The revo­lu­tion­ary writ­ings of Ital­ian Re­nais­sance ar­chi­tect An­drea Pal­la­dio, changed the sce­nario of Euro­pean ar­chi­tec­ture and con­tin­ues to shape the way a ma­jor part of world build. There are some other names also, how­ever the most im­por­tant Ital­ian ar­chi­tect of all is ar­guably Mar­cus Vitru­vius Pol­lio (c. 7515 BC), who wrote the world’s first ar­chi­tec­ture text­book De Ar­chi­tec­ture.

Ev­ery part of Italy to takes you to an­other world of ar­chi­tec­ture where you can find won­ders to get awestruck upon. Some fa­mous land­marks like the Tower of Pisa and the Trevi Foun­tain in Rome seem to be around ev­ery cor­ner in Italy. There are some top cities which should get prior po­si­tion in the check­list: Rome, Venice, Florence, Mi­lan, Naples, Verona, Turin, Bologna, Genoa and Peru­gia. Each of these cities of­fer en­tirely unique styles piece of ar­chi­tec­ture to get mes­merised with. Even Italy’s smaller cities of­fer tremen­dous ex­pe­ri­ence, spe­cially for ar­chitec-

ture lovers, like Ravenna and Bi­en­nale show­cas­ing world-class mo­saics and the modern con­tem­po­rary ar­chi­tec­ture re­spec­tively.

An­cient Rome and the Ital­ian Re­nais­sance gave Italy a rich ar­chi­tec­tural her­itage that in­flu­enced build­ing de­sign around the world. For you to get the best out of Italy, we have picked the best of not-to-miss places in Italy.

An­cient ru­ins

Even the ru­ins of the Ro­man Em­pire’s in­flu­enc­ing gov­ern­ment, com­merce and ar­chi­tec­ture are mag­nif­i­cent.

The Ro­man Colos­seum (80 AD), on the New Seven Won­ders list, be-

Pi­azza San Marco, (St. Markʼs Square)

in Venice .

Arch of Con­stan­tine.

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