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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. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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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  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. San Domenico

    South of Piazza Maggiore | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The tomb of St. Dominic, who died here in 1221, is called the Arca di San Domenico, and is found in this church in the sixth chapel on the right...Read More

  • 14. San Giovanni Evangelista

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Beyond the elaborate Baroque facade of San Giovanni Evangelista, the Renaissance interior reveals several works by Correggio: St. John the...Read More

  • 15. Sant'Apollinare in Classe

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This church about 5 km (3 miles) southeast of Ravenna is landlocked now, but when it was built, it stood in the center of the busy shipping...Read More

  • 16. Santa Maria della Steccata

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Dating from the 16th century, this delightful church has one of Parma's most recognizable domes. In the dome's large arch there's a wonderful...Read More

  • 17. Tempio Malatestiano

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The Malatesta family constructed the Tempio Malatestiano, also called the Basilica Cattedrale, with a masterful facade by Leon Battista Alberti...Read More

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